I mentioned yesterday Cody Kessler is currently eighth in Bovada’s Heisman Trophy odds at 25/1. On the surface, it seems low when he has the No. 2 QB rating (201.2) in the nation. So here’s three reasons: 1. ) USC lost a game. 2.) Some of Kessler’s biggest pass plays were shorter passes turned into big plays by JuJu Smith-Schuster/Adoree Jackson. 3.) USC might be viewed as a system offense, much like Texas Tech, which used to plug in quarterbacks who produced gaudy numbers.
The Trojans lost their fourth game in triple-overtime to Cal, 34-31, with Herschel Dennis as the starting tailback. In that game, Dennis had 16 carries. Reggie Bush and LenDale White combined for six carries.
Apparently Pat Haden’s letter got to UCLA just in time, because UCLA linebacker Myles Jack withdrew from school and will enter the NFL Draft. It’s not a bad decision. But for the traditionalists, it is probably jarring to have someone do all this the first week of October instead of December or January. Will he show up on sidelines at any more games this season?
USC middle linebacker Cameron Smith and Washington quarterback Jake Browning were league rivals in high school. And now they meet again as true freshman.
“Jake Browning is awesome,” Smith said. “It’s my first game against somebody back home. I will definitely see him after the game and wish him luck and congrats on what he’s doing.”
USC athletic director Pat Haden sent UCLA linebacker Myles Jack a nice letter wishing him a full recovery from his knee injury. Jack shared the letter on his Instagram account.
USC’s odds to win the national title are 25/1 today according to Bovada. Last week, the Trojans were 20/1. Cody Kessler is now eighth in the Heisman Trophy odds at 25/1. He was also 20/1 last week.
Full national title and Heisman odds after the jump: