Sep 24, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws during the second half of the NCAA Division I football game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 52-21. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

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C.J. Stroud huge favorite in Heisman, No. 1 pick futures

C.J. Stroud is striking a pose.

Stroud quarterbacked the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes to an easy win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener on Saturday. In doing so, he ballooned to a +150 favorite from +400 to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy at BetMGM and leapfrogged Alabama’s Bryce Young.

Young dipped from +250 to +400, Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams is +600 (from +800), and the biggest mover of the week is Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels at +3000.

Daniels opened at +12500 at BetMGM to win the Heisman. With Kansas rolling to the top of the Big 12 standings and 4-0, the Jayhawks’ quarterback has attracted more than 25 percent of all Heisman futures at the sportsbook. That includes one of the biggest Heisman wagers yet for BetMGM in 2022, a $25,000 bet to win $825,000.

At FanDuel, Stroud is +125 to claim the trophy with Young at +500 and Williams +600. Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker is fourth at that book, at +1600, after the Vols beat the Florida Gators on Saturday.

Field Level Media draft analysts rate Stroud as the No. 1 player available in the 2023 NFL Draft due to the combination of accuracy, arm strength and anticipation in the pocket.

Stroud leads all of FBS with 16 touchdown passes and one interception — his first of the season came Saturday vs. the Badgers — and back-to-back games with five TD passes. His QB Rating of 95.4 is second in the nation.

Stroud is +200 at DraftKings to be the No. 1 pick in the ’23 draft with Young, the reigning Heisman winner, at +225 and Alabama linebacker Will Anderson +330.

FanDuel has Stroud and Young even at +200, Anderson +300 and Florida’s Anthony Richardson +1400.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan (15) throws a pass against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

LSU QB Myles Brennan retires from football

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan is walking away from football after reportedly being informed he would not be the starting quarterback this season.

Brennan lost out in a three-way competition with Arizona State transfer Jayden Daniels and Garrett Nussmeier.

WWL Radio Sports is reporting that Daniels will be named the starter and Nussmeier the backup. Nussmeier is recovering from a minor ankle injury. LSU also has five-star freshman Walker Howard on the depth chart.

LSU announced Monday that Brennan has opted to end his collegiate career after five injury-riddled years.

“Myles has always embodied the traits required to fulfill our mission to graduate champions, and we have full confidence those traits will help him succeed at every step in his journey as he moves forward,” LSU head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement.

Brennan entered the transfer portal in November but then withdrew to return to the Tigers.

Brennan has been beset by injuries since starting the first three games of the 2020 season. He sustained a torn abdominal muscle that ended that season, then broke his non-throwing arm last summer that required surgery, ending his 2021 season before it began.

Brennan backed up Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow during the 2019 national championship season and has 1,712 career passing yards with 13 touchdowns against six interceptions with the Tigers.

Daniels, a graduate transfer, brings a wealth of experience to LSU, throwing for 6,025 and 32 touchdowns in three seasons for the Sun Devils. He also rushed for 1,288 yards and 13 more scores.

In his first season at LSU in 2021, Nussmeier appeared in four games and was 29-of-57 passing for 329 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Mike Daniels (76) tackles Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson (22) in the first quarter during a Week 1 NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Los Angeles Chargers At Cincinnati Bengals Sept 13

Bengals DT Mike Daniels among Super Bowl inactives

Defensive tackle Mike Daniels is one of the Cincinnati Bengals’ seven inactive players for Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif.

Daniels, 32, missed the past two Cincinnati postseason victories due to a groin injury sustained in the AFC wild-card victory against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Daniels played in just two games this season. The 10-year veteran was a Pro Bowl selection for the Green Bay Packers in 2017.

Also inactive for the Bengals are cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, defensive end Wyatt Ray, defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin, offensive lineman Fred Johnson, receiver Trenton Irwin and running back Trayveon Williams.

As expected, tight end C.J. Uzomah is set to play after recovering from a knee injury sustained in the AFC Championship win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Rams made the following players inactive: quarterback Bryce Perkins, running back Jake Funk, offensive lineman Tremayne Anchrum Jr., defensive lineman Bobby Brown III, outside linebackers Chris Garrett and Terrell Lewis and defensive back Blake Countess.

Los Angeles also is without tight end Tyler Higbee (knee) and offensive tackle Joe Noteboom (chest) after the two players were placed on injured reserve on Friday.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) kisses the trophy after winning the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Alabama Crimson Tide Versus Georgia Bulldogs On Monday Jan 10 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship At Lucas Oil Stadium In Indianapolis

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QB Stetson Bennett returns for champion Georgia; JT Daniels hits portal

Stetson Bennett is returning to national champion Georgia for another season, prompting his primary competition, TJ Daniels, to hit the transfer portal again.

Bennett’s walk-on to national title story in Athens was completed when he rallied from a second-half fumble and sparked Georgia to victory in the national championship game against Alabama earlier this month.

Bennett announced his plans via social media on Wednesday.

“One more year. Let’s roll,” he said via Instagram.

Bennett passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the 33-18 victory in the national title game. In 2021, he passed for 2,862 yards and 29 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Bennett and Brock Vandagriff, a top-40 addition in the recruiting Class of 2021, are expected to be the primary quarterbacks in Georgia. The Bulldogs also have 2022 recruit Gunner Stockton at the position.

Daniels started the first three games of the 2021 season for Georgia after transferring from Southern California, where he played in 2018 and 2019. A knee injury ended his 2019 season and he transferred to Georgia in 2020.

But oblique and arm injuries slowed Daniels and opened the door for Bennett.

Daniels and Bulldogs receiver Jermaine Burton entered the transfer portal Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) and Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) warm up before the start the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game between Georgia and Alabama in Atlanta, on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021.

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Georgia QB Stetson Bennett to start CFP semifinal

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart confirmed Wednesday that Stetson Bennett will be the starting quarterback in Friday’s College Football Playoff semifinal against Michigan.

Quarterback JT Daniels’ health remains in question as the No. 3 Bulldogs (12-1) take on the No. 2 Wolverines (12-1) in the Orange Bowl in Miami Gardens, Fla.

“Stetson is our starting quarterback,” Smart said Wednesday when asked if Daniels is likely to play. “The JT situation will be what’s the situation (in the game), right? And also if he’s healthy enough.

Bennett completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 2,325 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 12 games (10 starts) this season.

Daniels sustained multiple injuries this season (oblique, lat strain) and reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 just before Christmas. He passed for 722 yards with seven TDs and three picks in six games (three starts).

Smart acknowledged that starting Bennett over Daniels, who began the season as the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback, might not be a popular decision with everyone.

“There’s fans that may not agree with it, that may agree with it, media may not agree with it, may agree with it,” Smart said. “Our team understands that we’re going to give our team the best opportunity to win and Stetson does that. And that’s not to knock on JT. That’s the part that’s so sad about this is that you guys want to ask us as coaches questions, I want to answer them as honest as possible, but the hardest thing is every time you ask a question, you drive the comparison home.

“Really, at the end of the day, they’re both different quarterbacks, and they’re both good in their own right, and I think we’ve got four quarterbacks capable of winning big here at the University of Georgia, and Stetson is our quarterback right now.”

–Field Level Media

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) warms up while Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (18) looks on during warm ups before an NCAA college football game between Kentucky and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

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Georgia’s QB plans uncertain ahead of Florida game

For Georgia coach Kirby Smart and the top-ranked Bulldogs, it comes down to one question: JT Daniels or Stetson Bennett?

“No decision has been made, whatsoever,” Smart said Monday when asked who would start at quarterback when Georgia faces rival Florida on Saturday in Jacksonville.

“I’m OK with whoever the best guy to give us the best chance to win is. That’s based on practice and health. It’ll continue to be that way the rest of the year. The question of, ‘Are you OK rotating them?’ is not relevant if they’re both not completely healthy. I just go off if they’re healthy and who gives us the best chance to win based on what we think we need to do offensively against their defense.”

Smart has been having to answer that question since the second game of the season. With Daniels nursing a strained oblique, Bennett started against UAB and led the Bulldogs to a 56-7 victory. Daniels returned to action for the following two games but hasn’t played since.

If Georgia (7-0, 5-0 SEC) can beat Florida (4-3, 2-3), the Bulldogs would be all-but guaranteed to sit atop the initial College Football Playoff rankings, which will be released next week.

But here’s something neither Daniels nor Bennett has done: beat Florida.

The Gators overcame a 14-0 deficit against the Bulldogs en route to a 44-28 win in last year’s meeting. That result ultimately led Florida to a spot in the SEC title game, ending Georgia’s run of three straight division titles.

In that contest, Bennett split time with now-departed D’Wan Mathis at quarterback.

As for who will man the position this week, Smart said, “It’s going to be based on practice. I think it all depends on where JT is and where Stetson is, and who gives us the best chance to win. Stetson has done a good job since he’s been playing, and JT has done a good job when he’s played.”

Daniels, who was sidelined against Florida last year while recovering from a knee injury, is 7-0 as a Bulldogs starter dating to last season. This year, he has completed 76.1 percent of his passes (54 of 71) for 567 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Bennett has started the past three games and has played in the past six. He is 57 of 82 for 996 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has 19 carries for 148 yards.

Against Florida last year, Bennett threw for just 78 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 5-for-16 passing. After initially injuring his shoulder in the first quarter, he was pulled in the third quarter in favor of Mathis.

“They have two quarterbacks that you know manage the game very, very well,” said Florida coach Dan Mullen, who hasn’t made it public whether Emory Jones or Anthony Richardson would start at quarterback for the Gators on Saturday. “They get them into the right read, to run checks, make plays and then are able to distribute the ball down the field to playmakers really well.”

Zamir White (83 carries, 400 yards, 7 TDs) and James Cook (47 carries, 296 yards 2 TDs) will power the Georgia ground game, regardless of who is under center. True freshman tight end Brock Bowers, who leads the team in receptions (25), yards (416) and receiving touchdowns (6), and redshirt freshman receiver Ladd McConkey, who has 17 catches for 295 yards and two scores, have emerged as the team’s top receivers.

“This game is not about rankings,” said Smart, whose side is favored by two touchdowns. “It’s never been about rankings. It’s a rivalry game.”

–Field Level Media