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July 21, 2023

It’s the final day of Pac-12 preview week, and former NFL QB Ryan Leaf and senior editor Max Meyer each have one more pick to share. After diving into win totals, they now choose their favorite Heisman bet among Pac-12 players.

LEAF: Michael Penix Jr. (+1200)

Penix Jr. led the nation in passing yards per game a year ago and all of the key guys on Washington’s offense are still there. He also has a lot of high-profile games to boost his case. If he can beat Caleb Williams and USC in Los Angeles on Nov. 4, that would be a major statement.

MEYER: Dante Moore (+15000)

I think Moore has way too much upside to be sitting at +15000. The 5-star QB looked unbelievable at the All-American Bowl going up against other elite high school prospects. If Moore wins the QB battle (there are reports saying that’s the expectation), he gets to play in a Chip Kelly offense that’s a dream for signal-callers and has finished top-20 in scoring in each of the past three seasons.

UCLA landed incredible weapons in the transfer portal. The Bruins picked up Ball State tailback Carson Steele, who ran for 1,556 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2022 along with 29 catches. They also added two 6’3” stud Pac-12 receivers in J.Michael Sturdivant (Cal) and Kyle Ford (USC). Add in a schedule that gives UCLA a shot at double-digit wins (soft non-conference slate, no Oregon or Washington), and there are reasons to believe that Moore can enter the Heisman mix.