Michael Penix Jr. has been on fire to start the season.
Michael Penix Jr. has been on fire to start the season.

Heisman Watch: Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. Enters the Conversation

Prior to the Huskies win over Michigan State last Saturday, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. wasn’t even listed on WynnBET’s board of Heisman odds. That has changed now that the Indiana transfer-turned-Washington starter has strung together three straight impressive performances to open the season for the 3-0 Huskies.

That includes Saturday against the 11th-ranked Spartans. Penix powered the Huskies to a 39-28 win, completing 24-of-40 pass attempts for 397 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The victory propelled Washington into the top 25 at No. 18.

That brings Penix’s three-game totals to 1,079 passing yards (second in FBS) and 10 passing touchdowns (T-4) with just one interception. He’s also yet to take a single sack.

Penix is still understandably a longshot at +6000 to win the Heisman Trophy. That speaks to the national expectations for Washington, a team projected to finish in the middle of the PAC-12 going into the season, as well as the respect for the favorites to win the award: Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud (+250), USC quarterback Caleb Williams (+300) and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (+400). No other player has shorter than 12/1 odds.

That doesn’t mean you won’t see Penix’s odds improve if Washington can continue to win, particularly within the conference. He’s a rising star in college football worthy of keeping an eye on. The Huskies will host Stanford this Saturday.

Here’s the full list of Heisman odds:

C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+250)

Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+300)

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+400)

Stetson Bennett, QB, Georgia (+1200)

Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma (+2000)

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan (+2000)

Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama (+2500)

Blake Corum, RB, Michigan (+4000)

D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson (+4000)

Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee (+4000) Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama (+5000)

Jordan Addison, WR, USC (+5000)

Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington (+6000)

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+6000)

Devin Leary, QB, N.C. State (+7500)

Sean Clifford, QB, Penn State (+7500)

Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State (+7500)

Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida (100/1)

Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin (100/1)

Cade Klubnik, QB, Clemson (100/1)

Cameron Rising, QB, Utah (100/1)

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA (100/1)

Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina (100/1)

Jaren Hall, QB, BYU (100/1)

K.J. Jefferson, QB, Arkansas (100/1)

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State (100/1)

Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest (100/1)

TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State (100/1)

Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (100/1)

Will Levis, QB, Kentucky (100/1)

Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State (200/1)

Jaxson Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State (200/1)

Jaxson Dart, QB, Ole Miss (200/1)

Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU (200/1)

Kendall Milton, RB, Georgia (200/1)