Does Oklahoma's Caleb Williams Have a Heisman Trophy Case?

Oct 16, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs for a
Oct 16, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams (13) runs for a / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Following Week 7 action, the Heisman Trophy picture continues to become more and more intriguing.

First, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral surpassed Alabama's Bryce Young atop the odds board at WynnBET Sportsbook as the favorite for the award. However, head coach Lane Kiffin said that Corral may not play on Saturday at home against LSU.

If Corral misses a game, of course, the award becomes even more open than before. Young is right there, while Ohio State's C.J. Stroud lurks behind. Now, what about Oklahoma's Caleb Williams?

Williams is part of the 'Field' option at WynnBET, listed at +800 with likely dark horse candidates including Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett and Ohio State's TreVeyon Henderson.

The freshman Williams would be an unorthodox choice, historic even. Five players have won the Heisman Trophy and missed time, but none have come in midway through the season.

However, this season has been a weird one, so why not a weird choice? Georgia is the clear No. 1 team, but they do it by suffocating the other team on defense. There won't be a Heisman winner from the Bulldogs.

Williams was sensational in sparking a comeback against Texas in the Red River Game two weeks ago, coming in for preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler and showing out in arguably the game of the year.

Then, he followed it up with a strong first start against TCU, contributing to 52 points at home. Now, all of a sudden, OU is looking like the possible powerhouse we thought they would be.

Oklahoma has three more formidable opponents on deck, at Baylor, Iowa State, and at Oklahoma State in Bedlam. There are plenty of opportunities for Williams to further push to the top of the board at places like WynnBET Sportsbook.

If Corral sits this week, or Ole Miss falls again, becoming the focal point of a three loss team, how strong is his claim despite gaudy stats. What about Young? Sure he is the quarterback of a juggernaut offense, but we saw last year Crimson Tide QB Mac Jones' performance outshined by wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the eventual Heisman winner.

Is Young a product of the system at Bama, or is he worth college football's most prestigious award?

That brings me back to Williams, whose value is seen through two parts of the season already. With Rattler, the Sooners floundered, hardly escaping Tulane and Nebraska at home. With Williams, the team is already back in the National Championship picture.

In a weird year for the entire nation, it would only suit it that a player that played half the season won the Heisman. The opportunity is there, the narrative is there, and I think Williams is worth a position in the Heisman market given the circumstances.