Bo Nix vs. Michael Penix Jr. stats: Inside the 2023 numbers for Oregon, Washington, Oregon candidates

The Heisman Trophy race is nearing its end with conference championships remaining on the schedule.

One of the biggest quarterback matchups to watch over the weekend will be between Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr. in the Pac-12 Championship.

This will mark the second time the two teams have faced each other this season, with Washington defeating Oregon, 36-33, in the tight regular-season matchup.

Here’s a look into Oregon’s Nix and Washington’s Penix Jr. by the numbers and what to know as we head down the final stretch.

MORE: College football QB rankings after Rivalry Week: Heisman race comes down to Bo Nix, Jayden Daniels

Bo Nix stats

Nix has put up an incredibly strong stat line throughout the season, with several people bringing up his sky-high completion percentage. Now, the way he has done it has been somewhat of a polarizing matter, though.

There are some who have said Nix’s completion percentage is the result of a form of stat padding, considering 67 percent of his passes range from behind the line of scrimmage to 9 yards, according to Pro Football Focus, making up more than 2,000 of his 4,000 total passing yards.

Still, Nix is checking the boxes on everything one could ask for — tangibles and intangibles — in an NFL prospect and is clearly operating the offense at high level that could give the Ducks a run at a national title if the make the playoff. He’s also taken good care of the football, throwing just a pair of interceptions on 401 attempts.

Game Comp Att Pass Yds TD INT
vs. Oregon State 33 40 367 2 0
at Arizona State 24 29 404 6 0
vs. USC 23 31 412 4 0
vs. Cal 29 38 386 4 1
at Utah 24 31 248 2 0
vs. Washington State 18 25 293 2 0
at Washington 33 44 337 2 0
at Stanford 27 32 290 4 0
vs. Colorado 28 33 276 3 1
vs. Hawaii 21 27 247 3 0
at Texas Tech 32 44 359 2 0
vs. Portland State 23 27 287 3 0
Season total 315 401 3,906 37 2

Michael Penix Jr. stats

Penix has had a strong season, though some of his performances on the stat sheet as of late have not been as solid as some of his previous ones. That has not been entirely his fault, though, with some factors out of his control that have affected the way things look on the stat sheet.

Most specifically was the Apple Cup, which came down to the game-winning field goal from Washington kicker Grady Gross, who was put on scholarship after the victory. The rivalry game was a rainy affair in which the passing game was greatly affected for both the Huskies and the Cougars.

Regardless, Penix has been one of the greatest success stories of the transfer portal era, and a reunion with Kalen DeBoer has proven beneficial for both parties.

Game Comp Att Pass Yds TD INT
vs. Washington State 18 33 204 2 1
at Oregon State 13 28 162 2 0
vs. Utah 24 42 332 2 0
at USC 22 30 256 2 1
at Stanford 21 37 369 4 1
vs. Arizona State 27 42 275 0 2
vs. Oregon 22 37 302 4 1
at Arizona 30 40 363 0 0
vs. Cal 19 25 304 4 1
at Michigan State 27 35 473 4 0
vs. Tulsa 28 38 409 3 1
vs. Boise State 29 40 450 5 0
Season total 280 427 3,899 32 8

Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr. Heisman Trophy odds

According to BETMGM, Nix has been in the driver’s seat as the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy for multiple weeks now. That remains the same heading into conference championship weekend.

Nix leads the pack at -150, while Penix, at +1600, comes in at third in the most recent odds, behind LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels (+120).

Once considered the outright favorite, Penix Jr. will need to have a huge performance in this showdown to have a true chance at taking home the award now that he’s considered a long shot.

Though it isn’t expected to happen, if he somehow greatly outduels Nix in a lopsided manner, there could be some major shakeup at the last minute. It’s more likely this one will be won by either Nix or Daniels at this point.

Here’s a look at the complete top five list of Heisman Trophy favorites from BETMGM:

Name School Odds
Bo Nix Oregon -150
Jayden Daniels LSU +120
Michael Penix Jr. Washington +1600
Marvin Harrison Jr. Ohio State +15000
Carson Beck Georgia +15000

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