Ole Miss junior QB Matt Corral (+2000, DraftKings) has led the Rebels to a 2-0 record with stellar play through the air (66.2% completion rate, 662 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT) and on the ground (90 yards rushing, TD). His dual-threat ability makes him the best bet.
Matchups against Tulane, Tennessee, LSU, Liberty, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State should allow him to put up numbers while battles at Alabama, at home versus Arkansas, at Auburn and at home against Texas A&M will give him the chance to earn some quality wins and “Heisman moments”, which are necessary to win this award.
Maryland junior QB Taulia Tagovailoa (+15000, FanDuel) has guided the Terrapins to a 2-0 mark by completing 76.2% of his passes for 606 yards, 6 TD and 0 INT. Expect Tua’s brother to continue to ascend as the weeks roll on.
Like Corral, Tagovailoa will have a nice variation of matchups coming up. He should have no issues playing well against Illinois, Kent State, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan State and Rutgers. However, he will face stiff challenges at home against Iowa, on the road at Ohio State, at home against Penn State and at home against Michigan. If he goes 3-1 in those tough games and continues to perform at an elite level, he will be in contention.
Nebraska junior QB Adrian Martinez (+30000, BetMGM) has been at the helm of the 2-1 Cornhuskers, but is responsible for pretty much all of his team’s offensive production so far. He’s racked up 728 yards passing with 4 TD and 0 INT and has also rushed for 256 yards and an additional three scores. He’s a longshot, but has the dual-threat ability to put up solid stats.
Martinez should perform well at Michigan State, at home against Northwestern, on the road at Minnesota and at home against Purdue, but has a number of huge challenges at Oklahoma, vs. Michigan, vs. Nebraska, on the road at Wisconsin and versus Iowa. If Nebraska goes on an improbable run, it’ll be solely because of his ability to produce offense and he will get recognition for it.