2021 Heisman Trophy Odds Tracker: 2 Ducks Flying Up Boards; Bye Bye, Brock Purdy

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  • Oregon running back C.J. Verdell shot up to a +2500 in the Heisman markets after not having been listed just a week ago.
  • Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy's odds to win the trophy lengthened from 40-1 to 100-1 after a pitiful performance against Iowa. Purdy has 0 passing touchdowns and three interceptions so far this season.
  • Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown has seen his Heisman odds move from +8000 to +5000 after Oregon's commanding victory over Ohio State.

2021 Heisman Trophy Odds

Odds via DraftKings (100-1 or shorter)

Player Odds
Bryce Young +350
Matt Corral +600
Spencer Rattler +800
C.J. Stroud +1000
D.J. Uiagalelei +1800
Desmond Ridder +2000
C.J. Verdell +2500
Sam Howell +3000
J.T. Daniels +4000
D’Eriq King +4000
Bijan Robinson +4000
Jayden Daniels +4000
Brian Robinson Jr. +4000
Dorian Thompson-Robinson +5000
Anthony Brown +5000
Jack Coan +5000
Emory Jones +6000
Kyren Williams +6000
TreVeyon Henderson +7500
Kenneth Walker III +7500
Kedon Slovis +7500
Sean Clifford +7500
Bo Nix +7500
Isaiah Spiller +7500
Malik Willis +7500
Chris Olave +8000
John Metchie III +8000
Tank Bigsby +8000
Garrett Wilson +8000
Cade McNamara +10000
Zach Calzada +10000
Breece Hall +10000
Brock Purdy +10000
McKenzie Milton +10000
Dillon Gabriel +10000
Jase McClellan +10000
Tyler Shough +10000
Taulia Tagovailoa +10000
Tyrion Davis-Price +10000
Zamir White +10000
Will Levis +10000
Anthony Richardson +10000

Week 2 Update

A Pair of Ducks Enter the Mix

Oregon’s signature road win over Ohio State warranted big bumps for Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown (+5000) and running back C.J. Verdell (+2500). The former was +8000 entering Saturday, while the latter wasn’t even listed.

Verdell exploded for 195 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns against the Buckeyes. Brown, meanwhile, has completed just 54.2% of his passes in two games this year, but has 408 yards and three scores through the air, alongside zero picks.

Matt Corral Heating Up

Ole Miss gunslinger Matt Corral has quite a few fans in the betting markets now. He went from 25-1 to 15-1 following a banner day against Louisville in Week 1, only to hit +600 after lighting up Austin Peay.

The dual-threat out of Ventura, Calif. has 662 passing yards, 90 on the ground and seven total touchdowns in 2021.

Week 3’s matchup against a shoddy Tulane defense is a good spot for Corral to pad his stats, considering he and the Rebels travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama the following Saturday.

Purdy, Hall Fall

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall probably suffered more than any other players in the Heisman field after the Cyclones fell to in-state rival Iowa.

Purdy was already behind the eight ball after failing to post a passing touchdown against Northern Iowa in the opener. Following a dud against the Hawkeyes, Purdy — who has dropped from 40-1 to 100-1 — still has zero passing scores and three picks on his 2021 stat line.

Hall, meanwhile, also fell from 40-1 to 100-1. Last year’s college football rushing leader is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry through a pair of contests so far.

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

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[344 passing yards]
(4 passing touchdowns)

John Metchie vs Miami

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— 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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