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2021 Heisman Trophy Odds: A New Favorite Emerges, ACC QBs Plummet

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2021 Heisman Trophy Odds

Odds via DraftKings (100-1 or shorter)

Player Odds
Bryce Young +400
Spencer Rattler +800
DJ Uiagalelei +1200
CJ Stroud +1200
JT Daniels +1500
Matt Corral +1500
Desmond Ridder +2500
Sam Howell +2500
Bijan Robinson +2500
Emory Jones +3500
Haynes King +4000
D’Eriq King +4000
Kedon Slovis +4000
Jayden Daniels +4000
Breece Hall +4000
Brock Purdy +4000
Dorian Thompson-Robinson +5000
Kyren Williams +6000
Hudson Card +6000
McKenzie Milton +6000
TreVeyon Henderson +6000
Bo Nix +7500
Isaiah Spiller +7500
Malik Willis +7500
Kenneth Walker +7500
Sean Clifford +7500
John Metchie III +7500
Tank Bigsby +8000
Anthony Brown +8000
Chris Olave +8000
Garrett Wilson +8000
Malik Cunningham +8000
Dillon Gabriel +8000
Tyler Shough +8000
Jack Miller III +10000
Slade Bolden +10000
Lyn-J Dixon +10000
Cade McNamara +10000
Joe Milton +10000
Taulia Tagovailoa +10000
Tyrion Davis-Price +10000
Zamir White +10000
Casey Thompson +10000
Spencer Sanders +10000
Jase McClellan +10000
Justyn Ross +10000

Week 1 Update

A New Favorite Atop the Board

Bryce Young is now the favorite in the Heisman market.

The Alabama quarterback moved from +900 to +400 following a signature, season-opening win over Miami. The star-studded sophomore set school records in his debut with 344 passing yards and four scores through the air.

Bryce Young vs Miami

[344 passing yards]
(4 passing touchdowns)

John Metchie vs Miami

(6 receptions)
{76 receiving yards)
[1 receiving touchdown]

— CFBLIVE247 (@CFBLive247_) September 5, 2021

Look for Young to go berserk on the stat sheet over the next month, with upcoming games against Mercer, Southern Miss and Ole Miss.

ACC Quarterbacks Plummet

It wasn’t a good week to be an ACC quarterback. Three Heisman hopeful signal callers are already behind the eight ball following spotty performances on the national stage.

Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei fell flat against Georgia, going 19-for-37 with 178 yards and one interception. He shifted from +600 to +1200.

Meanwhile, North Carolina’s Sam Howell dipped from +1400 to +2500 following a dud Friday versus Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels standout and potential No. 1 overall pick next spring looked lost amid a raucous Blacksburg crowd, tossing three picks in the loss.

Finally, dual-threat quarterback D’Eriq King‘s odds doubled following the thumping to Alabama. Although he completed roughly 75% of his pass attempts, King was limited to just 178 yards through the air with a couple picks.

Trending Up

The Heisman market’s fluid. It’s no surprise to see a handful of newcomers on the board following brilliant Week 1 performances.

Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker has entered the fray after single-handedly running amok on Northwestern. The Wake Forest transfer racked up a mind-bending 264 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in Sparty’s upset win over Northwestern.

Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller picked up right where he left off in 2020. The First-Team All-SEC back averaged 6.6 yards per carry and crossed the century mark in the Aggies’ rout of Kent State, rising up to +7500.

Taulia Tagovailoa’s gaining steam out of the Big Ten. The Maryland signal caller and brother of Dolphins QB, Tua Tagovailoa, lit up West Virginia to the tune of 332 yards and three passing touchdowns, alongside a gaudy 9.2 yards per attempt.

Aug. 9 Update

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has produced two Heisman winners in the last four years. Quarterback Spencer Rattler could be the third by the end of the 2021 campaign.

According to DraftKings, Rattler — who opened +300 in January — currently leads the Heisman field just three weeks out from the regular season. He’s got company at the top, however.

Clemson and Alabama have combined to nab five of the last six national titles. There’s no surprise Tigers’ DJ Uiagalelei (+750) and Crimson Tide’s Bryce Young (+900) are both priced shorter than 10-1.

Uiagalelei and the Tigers are overwhelming favorites to take the ACC, but the biggest sleeper in the conference is arguably Sam Howell (+1400). The UNC product threw for more than 3,500 yards last season and is currently favored at DraftKings to be selected first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft; he’s a live ‘dog if everything goes right.

Matt Corral is one flier who could shoot up boards sooner than later. Ole Miss finished No. 14 in scoring last season (39.2 PPG) and returns the third-most returning total EPA in the country from 2020, behind only Liberty and Coastal Carolina.

Texas’ Bijan Robinson leads the non-quarterback crop at +2800. He posted 8.2 yards per carry last season and finished his true freshman campaign with loads of momentum, leading the way with 183 yards in the Alamo Bowl win.

DeVonta Smith last year became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991. His former college teammate, Alabama’s John Metchie III, currently leads the position group at 60-1, while Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson trail behind at 80-1. All three receivers participated in last year’s national title game.

The most appealing long shot on the defensive side of the ball is cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who’s been a fixture in the LSU secondary since 2019.

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