CFB analysts reveal Pac-12-filled Heisman ballots entering Week 5
The folks at Inside College Football dropped their Week 5 Heisman ballots Wednesday afternoon and they’re all in shocking agreement.
Well, not shocking in the sense that their picks were controversial. Kind of the opposite, actually.
All four ballots listed the same three players in different order: Washington’s Michael Penix, USC’s Caleb Williams and Washington State’s Cam Ward.
Three out of the four analysts have Penix at No. 1 as of now, with Brian Jones still favoring last year’s Heisman winner for a repeat. Ward was third in three out of four of the lists, listed second by Aaron Taylor.
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The Inside College Football crew dropped their Week 5 Heisman ballots 👀
Which Pac-12 QB has the best chance to finish at the top of the voting by season’s end? pic.twitter.com/uzoksHCnTt
— CBS Sports College Football 🏈 (@CBSSportsCFB) September 27, 2023
Here’s the thing that’s craziest about the Pac-12’s QB situation right now. You could make a real argument that Oregon’s Bo Nix should have cracked one of these ballots, too.
Ward is probably the major surprise of the group, not because he does not deserve it but because he’s less of a national name compared to the other two on the ballots. Ward is currently third in the Pac-12 for passing yards per game and one of only 3 QBs in the country with more than 12 passing touchdowns and no interceptions through Week 4. He joins Williams and Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman in that regard.
It’s hard to do this list justice without mentioning Penix’s incredible start to the year. Washington’s man under center leads the country with the most passing touchdowns and average yards per game by a significant margin.
Penix is sitting at 409 passing yards per game while second place (Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders) sits at 352 per game.