2021 Heisman Trophy Action Report: Bettors Loading Up On Spencer Rattler, 2 SEC Sleepers
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Odds to Win the 2021 Heisman Trophy
|Michael Penix Jr.||+5000|
|Jack Miller III||+5000|
|John Metchie III||+8000|
Among the laundry list of college football players priced to win the 2021 Heisman, the public’s flocking to the chalk.
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, the current favorite in the betting markets, is tops in both handle percentage (26.5%) and ticket count (18.9%) at BetMGM nine days out from the season.
He could become the third Heisman winner in the Lincoln Riley era — which started just four years ago.
The star sophomore amassed 28 scores through the air and another six on the ground over 11 games in 2020, his first season as starter.
The Sooners offense tied for first in the country in Collin Wilson’s TARP ratings. As a result, scoreboard operators should be aware of potential carpal tunnel when Rattler and Co. take the turf this fall.
2 SEC QBs on the Rise
Kyle Trask may have taken home the 2020 Heisman had the entire Alabama football program ceased to exist. Can another Florida signal caller enter the fray for the second straight year?
Emory Jones has been one of the biggest risers at BetMGM, moving from +5000 to +4000. The sophomore’s the second-largest liability for the shop.
Florida’s Pass-Play Frequency Under Dan Mullen
|Year||Pass %||Pass % Rank Nationally|
Another quarterback who could put a dent in the book’s wallet is LSU’s Max Johnson. He’s currently the biggest liability at BetMGM, with a 2.1% ticket count and 3.8% overall hold.
Johnson was the 10th-ranked pro-style quarterback out of the 2020 cycle.
If LSU runs north of 80 plays per game offensively like it did last year, Johnson might be a sneaky stat-stuffer for the Bayou Bengals.
Only one running back has nabbed the Heisman since 2011. If anyone’s to pull it off this year, the market’s highlighted Bijan Robinson.
The Texas standout’s the third-biggest liability for BetMGM and comprises the second-largest handle (7.3%) behind Rattler. He’s garnered the third-most bets so far.
Robinson averaged a nation-high 6.1 yards after contact last season. Overall, he posted 8.2 yards per carry.
Right ahead of Robinson and behind Rattler in the ticket tally is Sam Howell, the North Carolina gunslinger.
The Tar Heels ranked fifth in the nation in yards per play last season (7.2) behind the 6-foot-1 junior, who might slip into the conversation for No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick next spring.