Caleb Williams is overrated or he really — really — doesn’t want to play for the Arizona Cardinals next season.
How else can you explain the reality that he completed just 64.5% percent on 20-for-31 passing for 322 yards and three touchdowns against Arizona State late Saturday in a 42-28 USC win at Mountain America Stadium late Saturday?
This is the same ASU that barely got past Southern Utah, fell apart in the second half against Oklahoma State and was utterly embarrassed by Fresno State.
Williams should have had 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns by halftime.
Instead, late in the third quarter, with a chance to eclipse the Sun Devils, Williams took a blooper-reel caliber shotgun snap below the belt.
That wasn’t his only mistake.
On third-and-6 late in the first half, Williams threw a pass right at ASU cornerback Dee Ford. Ford couldn’t get in gear quickly enough to make the interception, but it was a bad throw nonetheless.
Williams also allowed himself to be sacked twice and threw to several receivers who didn’t catch the ball. He should know better than to stand behind linemen who miss blocks and throw to guys who don’t catch the ball — these plays, obviously, were all his fault.
Sep 23, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic
Even his first touchdown run was evidence that Williams was tanking his shot to be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft for fear that he might get picked by the Arizona Cardinals.
Williams ran, dived for the pylon and barely broke the plane of the goal line. (Kyler Murray would have turbo-buttoned his way around…