Paul Finebaum says Heisman Trophy race is over ahead of Championship Weekend
Paul Finebaum doesn’t need to see what happens in Championship Weekend to declare a winner for the Heisman Trophy. According to Finebaum, the Heisman race was decided over Rivalry Weekend.
Sunday morning, Finebaum made an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter to discuss the Heisman battle. With injuries to Hendon Hooker and Blake Corum down the stretch — and CJ Stroud throwing 2 interceptions in another loss to Michigan — Finebaum is going with a quarterback out west to win the award.
With 4 total touchdowns accounted for and a chance for USC to make the College Football Playoff, Finebaum is ready to award the Heisman to QB Caleb Williams:
“I’ve never been one for hyperbole, but lock it up. It’s over,” Finebaum said. “He (Caleb Williams) has won the Heisman Trophy here this morning on the program. Really, he’s been doing it all year. Let’s not forget this is a young guy who was at Oklahoma a year ago and followed Lincoln Riley out West. That turned out to be a pretty good coaching hire, as he brought some of the key players and put them in the right spot. Now, Southern Cal is not only in Playoff contention. Short of just an absolute disaster in the championship game, I think we have a Heisman Trophy winner 2 weeks early.”
We’ll see if that prediction holds up, but Williams at least should be on track for a trip to New York City for the award ceremony.