Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud faced a huge challenge Saturday at Pennsylvania.

A star-studded Nittany Lions defensive backfield Joey Porter Jr and Ji’air Browna group that NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang called “perhaps the most gifted secondary in the country,” Stroud raised his game.

The QB completed 78.8% of his passes for 354 yards. He threw a touchdown pass and no interceptions. And in the end, Ohio State won 44-31.

CJ Straud connects with Cade Stover

On Saturday, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud connected with Cade Stover for a 24-yard TD.

It was Stroud’s biggest statement yet in his pursuit of the Heisman Trophy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t others in the running. In fact, Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker, Michigan running back Blake Corum and USC QB Caleb Williams also had monster games.

Take a look at how the leading Heisman candidates fared Saturday heading into Week 9.

Note: Players are ranked by FOX odds starting in Week 9.

1. Ohio State QB CJ Stroud +100 (bet $10 to win $20)

If there’s one thing Stroud has struggled with, it’s that he hasn’t had many opportunities to show off his skills in high-pressure situations as the Buckeyes have struggled this season.

Stroud clutch? The answer to that question on Saturday was an unequivocal yes. The Buckeyes led 16-14 early in the fourth quarter, and then Stroud found another device. The quarterback rushed for 128 yards in the final period and Ohio State scored four touchdowns to close out the game.

Highlight: Ohio State defeats Penn State

Highlight: Ohio State defeats Penn State

No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 13 Penn State as C.J. Stroud passed for 354 yards and a touchdown.

Week 8 Rankings: 1

Trending: Stable.

next: On the North-West 5 list.

2: Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker +225 (bet $10 to win $32.50)

The Volunteers were supposed to face No. 19 Kentucky on Saturday, but the game didn’t turn out that way. Tennessee’s defense simply dominated en route to a 44-6 victory.

That made things relatively easy for Hooker, who has climbed the Heisman rankings in recent weeks. The quarterback completed 19 of 25 passes (76%) for 245 yards and three touchdowns, adding 23 yards and another touchdown on the ground.

Week 8 Rankings: 2

Trending: Stable.

Next: In Georgia on November 5.

3. Michigan RB Blake Corum +1200 (bet $10 to win $130)

The Wolverines have played well over the past year, but coach Jim Harbaugh and his team still have unfinished business coming off last season’s loss to Michigan State.

Michigan took care of that baggage in convincing fashion with a 29-7 victory Saturday night, and Corum was the driving force behind it.

The running back carried the ball 33 times against the Spartans for 177 yards and a touchdown in the process. The total pushed Corum past the 1,000-yard mark for the season while improving Michigan’s record to 8-0.

Week 8 Rankings: 4

Trending: Stable.

next: At Rutgers on Nov. 5.

4. USC QB Caleb Williams +1400 (bet $10 to win $150)

The Trojans had the week off after suffering their first loss of the season, 43-42, at the hands of defending Pac-12 champion Utah. Given a chance to regroup, USC came back strong (at least on offense) with a 45-37 win over Arizona in Tucson.

Williams was asked to carry the load in this one, and the star stepped up, completing 31 of 45 passes for 411 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.

Week 8 Rankings: 3

Trending: Stable.

next: vs. Cal Nov. 5.

5. Alabama QB Bryce Young +1800 (bet $10 to win $190)

Young and Tide sat out Saturday.

Week 8 Rankings: 5.

Trending: Stable.

next: At LSU on November 5.

6. Oregon QB Because Nix +3000 (bet $10 to win $310)

Bad news? Nix had two interceptions Saturday against the Cal Bears. Good news? It didn’t matter one iota.

The Knicks overcame two losses in what was otherwise a big day. The former Auburn QB passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns. He added three more scores on the ground, rushing for 59 yards on 12 carries as Oregon won 42-24.

Oregon has won seven straight since losing to Georgia in the season opener, and as the Ducks continue to gain momentum, so has Nicks’ Heisman profile.

Bo Nix throws one of his three touchdown passes

Bo Nix throws one of his three touchdown passes

Bo Nix found Noah Whittington for a 29-yard touchdown against Cal on Saturday. The TD put Oregon up 28-10.

Week 8 Rankings: No rating.

Trending: Up.

next: In Colorado on November 5.

T7. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett +3500 (bet $10 to win $360)

The Bulldogs led 28-3 in the first half and then held on for a 42-20 victory over Florida. Unfortunately for Bennett, Georgia’s win was more the result of a running game that saw him gain 240 yards on 39 carries (6.2 yards per carry) than anything else he did.

Bennett threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had a pair of interceptions and his 50% completion percentage (19-for-38) left a lot to be desired.

Week 8 Rankings: No rating.

Trending: Down.

next: vs. Tennessee on Nov. 5.

T7. Alabama RB Jamir Gibbs +3500 (bet $10 to win $360)

Gibbs and Tide have been idle this week.

Week 8 Rankings: T6

Trending: Stable.

next: At LSU on November 5.

9. North Carolina QB Drake May +4500 (bet $10 to win $460)

The Tar Heels were impressive on Saturday night against Pittsburgh, outscoring the Panthers 21-0 in the fourth quarter en route to a 42-24 win, and Maye was the star of the show.

The freshman quarterback torched Pitt’s defense with his arm and legs, giving up 388 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 61 yards on 14 carries.

Week 8 Rankings: T9

Trending: Stable.

next: In Virginia on November 5.

10. Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman +5000 (bet $10 to win $510)

Hartman had just three interceptions on the season before Saturday’s game against unranked Louisville. He doubled that total in a tough 48-14 loss, making it doubtful he’ll be on this list for long. Hartman completed just 20 of 35 pass attempts against the Cardinals for 271 yards and a touchdown.

Week 8 Rankings: No rating.

Trending: Down.

next: At NC State on Nov. 5.

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