Hype is a dangerous game in college football. Countless teams and players have been media darlings prior to a season, only to have a quick reality check squash any preseason notions or ambitions. However, the updated Heisman odds have Clemson quarterback Cade Klubnik ranked as the top candidate in the ACC prior to starting his first-ever regular season game. This raises eyebrows, considering the level of talent in the conference.
It's important to note that Klubnik has the potential to live up to the billing. BetMGM's updated Heisman odds have him at +1400 to win the award, placing him ahead of Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis (+1600) and North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye (+1800) - both quarterbacks with a longer track record of success in the conference.
At 6-foot-5, Maye tallied over 5,000 yards last year, showcasing his impressive abilities. On the other hand, Travis has a more proven cast around him, providing a solid foundation for his success. Despite this, Klubnik still ranks above them both, indicating the high expectations placed on him.
One factor that sets Klubnik apart is his secret weapon: new offensive coordinator Garrett Riley. Riley, the former TCU OC, worked wonders with Horned Frogs quarterback Max Duggan last year, leading Duggan to the Heisman Ceremony despite starting the season on the bench. Clemson fans are hopeful that Riley can work the same magic with Klubnik.
Should Klubnik emerge victorious, he would be the first Clemson player to ever claim the Heisman award. This adds an extra layer of excitement and anticipation for Clemson fans, who are eager to witness their quarterback's journey and potential historic achievement.
While the hype surrounding Klubnik is undeniable, it is essential to remember that college football is unpredictable. Only time will tell if he can meet the lofty expectations placed upon him and secure the prestigious Heisman award. Until then, fans, analysts, and the entire college football community will eagerly await Klubnik's debut and eagerly anticipate the impact he may have on the gridiron.