Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner has taken a massive hit over the past few weeks. He went from the unquestioned No. 1 on my list to No. 4 and there’s a legit case to be made for him being No. 5 or even left off.
And it’s not all his fault.
USC has been spiraling a bit lately after two losses in the past three games to Notre Dame (by 28 points) and then in the last second at home against Utah. If that Utah game goes the other way and the Utes miss that potential game-winning field goal, Williams is probably back in the top three of the Heisman race and the Trojans are still in the playoff hunt.
However, that’s not the case.
In the three games from Oct. 7 through Oct. 21, Williams had a total of two touchdown passes and three interceptions. That kind of stretch won’t win you many awards.
Fortunately, he got off to such a strong start to the season that he still has 2,646 yards and 25 touchdowns with just four total picks on the year. He’s been great outside of a three-game stretch and he needs to finish really strong and likely win out in order to be considered.