The top-25 matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 12 Ole Miss has all of the makings of an exciting, offensive-fueled shootout.
At least, if Rebels coach Lane Kiffin has something to say about it.
His Rebels boast not solely the nation’s prime offense (635.3 yards per recreation), but additionally the nation’s prime scoring offense (52.7 factors per recreation), the Eleventh-highest passing offense (336.7 yards per recreation) and fourth-highest rush offense (298.7 yards per recreation).
No participant is extra vital to that success than fourth-year quarterback Matt Corral. The redshirt junior is coming off a breakout season in 2020, his first below Kiffin: He accomplished 70.9 p.c of his passes for 3,337 yards and 29 touchdowns to 14 interceptions. He’s off to a fair higher begin in 2021, main the Rebels to an early 3-0 document, punctuated by a powerful 32-point common margin of victory. He will probably be a headache for Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Pete Golding to game-plan for.
But Corral has his work reduce out for him on Saturday, not solely as a result of Ole Miss is going through its first ranked opponent in Alabama, and never solely as a result of the Crimson Tide have one of many deepest entrance sevens in faculty soccer. His crimson-and-white-clad modern on the opposite facet of the sphere, Bryce Young, can be one of many nation’s greatest quarterbacks.
The sophomore has been incredible in his first season beginning for Alabama, creating no worries amongst Crimson Tide followers about whether or not he might succeed Mac Jones. Indeed, Young handed his complete for passing touchdowns by means of 4 video games in 2020, a season in which Jones completed second nationally with 41 passing touchdowns.
Perhaps it is becoming, then, that Corral and Young, each of whom hail from the state of California, are the 2 favorites to take house the 2021 Heisman Trophy. A win on Saturday will not assure which quarterback wins faculty soccer’s most coveted particular person award — however an excellent displaying and declare to a head-to-head victory over the opposite will surely set an early narrative.
With that, Sporting News appears to be like at every quarterbacks’ stats earlier than Saturday’s recreation, one that would go a great distance in figuring out this 12 months’s Heisman winner:
Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young Heisman odds
Corral leads all gamers in the Heisman Trophy odds forward of Week 5, at +150. Young heads into Saturday’s assembly with the second-best general odds, at +300. No different participant has higher odds than +1400.
Below are the highest 10 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, courtesy of FanDuel:
- Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss: +150
- Bryce Young, QB, Alabama: +300
- JT Daniels, QB, Georgia: +1400
- Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati: +2000
- Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma: +3000
- TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State: +3000
- CJ Verdell, RB, Oregon: +3000
- Anthony Brown, QB, Oregon: +5000
- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas: +5000
- CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State: +5000
Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young greatest recreation
Both gamers are coming off their greatest recreation of the 2021 season, a minimum of so far as stats are involved.
Corral accomplished 23 of 31 passes for 335 yards and three passing touchdowns to zero interceptions in opposition to Tulane in Week 3. He additionally added 4 touchdowns on the bottom, speeding 13 instances for 68 yards (a 5.2 yard-per-carry common). His seven touchdowns tied an Ole Miss single-game document, not solely incomes him Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week, but additionally making him the primary participant in SEC historical past to cross for 3 touchdowns and run for 4 in a single recreation:
Young was equally efficient in opposition to Southern Miss in Week 4. He accomplished 20 of twenty-two passes (90.9 p.c) for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns to 1 interception. His five-touchdown statline gave him 15 passing scores on the season by means of simply 4 video games, passing Jones’ four-game complete of 12.
Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young play type
Corral was labeled a pro-style quarterback in the category of 2018, rating fourth amongst quarterbacks in his play type and 63rd nationally, per 247Sports’ Composite rankings. Conversely, Young ranked because the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the category of 2020, and its No. 2 general participant. Naturally, Corral and Young have differing play kinds — although they appear to be the inverse of their labels.
On prime of Corral’s 997 passing yards and 9 passing touchdowns, he additionally has 33 rush makes an attempt on the season, 158 speeding yards and a 4.8 yards-per-carry common. He has 5 speeding touchdowns as properly, together with a four-touchdown recreation in opposition to Tulane in Week 3. For his profession, he has 215 makes an attempt for 882 yards, 12 speeding touchdowns and a 4.1 yard-per-carry common. Here’s an instance of his speeding capacity on a zone-read choice in opposition to Louisville, whom Ole Miss beat 43-24 in Week 1.
Young, who carries the dual-threat label, has significantly much less mileage: Through 4 video games in 2021, he has 10 makes an attempt for minus-15 speeding yards and 0 touchdowns. But Young has by no means thought of “dual threat” to imply capacity to hurry for yards.
“People in the (NFL), the Lamar Jacksons, Kyler Murrays, the Baker Mayfields, people like that are really pushing the envelope of what dual-threat means,” he advised USA Today in 2019. “People think a dual-threat is someone who can, a running back that can throw a little bit … but really dual-threat should mean, and it does mean in my mind, someone who has the ability that can really do both as far as extending plays and run the ball but is still a passer.”
Indeed, Young typically makes use of his capacity to navigate inside and outside of the pocket to offer his receivers extra time to get open. He most frequently appears to be like downfield whereas escaping strain, and has even bypassed alternatives to scramble in favor of passing.
Here is one such instance from Alabama’s 31-29 win over Florida:
Bryce Young was in a position to keep away from being sack by Florida’s linebacker Mohamoud Diabate in this play. I for one would love for Bryce to make use of his legs extra when he has open area to run#RollTide 🅰️🌊🐘 pic.twitter.com/Y11kiawx2C
— Alabama Rydeouts 🐘🅰️ (@MarvinBama16) September 21, 2021
Matt Corral vs. Bryce Young stats comparability
Generally talking, Young has the higher passing stats, although Corral boasts considerably higher speeding numbers. Below are their stats so far by means of the 2021 season — Corral by means of three video games, and Young by means of 4:
|Matt Corral||66||96||68.8||twenty fourth|
|Passing yards||FBS rank|
|Matt Corral||997||twenty ninth|
|Passing touchdowns||FBS rank|
|Quarterback ranking||FBS rank|
Yards per try
|YPA (FBS rank)||Adjusted YPA (FBS rank)|
|Matt Corral||10.4 (4th)||12.3 (third)|
|Bryce Young||9.2 (twenty first)||11.3 (ninth)|