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Updated 2021 Heisman Odds Tracker: With Bryce Young the Clear Favorite, Books Take Odds Off the Board

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2021 Heisman Odds

Odds via DraftKings, updated November 27. Learn more about reading American odds, or compare Heisman odds at every legal sportsbook.

Player Pos/School Odds
Bryce Young QB, Alabama -200
CJ Stroud QB, Ohio State +350
Aidan Hutchinson DE, Michigan +1200
Kenny Pickett QB, Pitt +1200
Kenneth Walker III RB, Mich. State +1800
Matt Corral QB, Ole Miss +1800
Desmond Ridder QB, Cincinnati +5000
Sam Hartman QB, Wake Forest +5000
Will Anderson Jr LB, Alabama +6000
Jordan Davis DL, Georgia +6000
Cade McNamara QB, Michigan +8000
Stetson Bennett QB, Georgia +10000
TreVeyon Henderson RB, Ohio State +10000
Caleb Williams QB, Oklahoma +15000
Jack Coan QB, Notre Dame +15000
Kyren Williams RB, Notre Dame +20000
Spencer Sanders QB, OK State +20000

Oh, how things can drastically change in one week, huh?  A week ago, it looked like a wide-open race for the Heisman Trophy with four or five different candidates.

After conference championship week, it is all but wrapped up. So much so that all of the sportsbooks have taken the Heisman Trophy odds completely off the board.

Bryce Young appears to be the clear Heisman Trophy winner after throwing for 421 yards and three touchdowns in the SEC Championship as the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled past Georgia 41-24.

It would be a complete stunner if Young did not win the trophy.

Bryce Young (-200)

  • Team: Alabama
  • Position: QB

Young had his Heisman moment on Saturday — but Alabama really shouldn’t have been in that situation to begin with.

The California native led the Crimson Tide on a game-tying touchdown drive in the final minute against Auburn, then converted a pair of two-point conversions in overtime to win.

Young’s raw numbers were nearly identical to Stroud’s entering Saturday, with a 71% completion percentage, 9.8 yards per attempt, and a 38-3 TD/INT ratio.

C.J. Stroud (+380)

  • Team: Ohio State
  • Position: QB

Stroud just needed a strong performance and win over Michigan to wrap up the Heisman Trophy, but that didn’t happen. His season-long raw numbers are still excellent, but two losses — and one in the biggest game of the year to lose the Big Ten East — hurt his chances. He’ll be in New York as a finalist either way.

Aidan Hutchinson (+1200)

  • Team: Michigan
  • Position: DE

Hutchinson hit the board Saturday night after a three-sack performance against Stroud and Ohio State. It’s incredibly unlikely he wins, but he’s getting some buzz because of Michigan’s Big Ten East title.

Kenny Pickett (+1200)

  • Team: Pitt
  • Position: QB

Pickett has been at Pitt for what feels like a decade, and finally put it all together to lead the Panthers to the ACC Championship Game.

Pickett had 36 touchdowns entering Saturday, and 9.1 yards per attempt — not too far off Stroud and Young.

Kenneth Walker (+1600)

  • Team: Michigan State
  • Position: RB

Walker dropped after Michigan State’s blowout loss to Ohio State, but has risen again after running for 138 yards and a touchdown against Penn State to push the Spartans to 10 wins.

Matt Corral (+1800)

  • Team: Ole Miss
  • Position: QB

Corral spent a few weeks toward the top of the odds board but Heisman winners almost always come from the nation’s best teams, unless they put up a statistically historic season, like Lamar Jackson on a nine-win Louisville team.

Corral’s raw passing output has slowed as the season went on. Nineteen touchdowns just won’t cut it.

Heisman Betting FAQ

Who Can Win the Heisman?

There are plenty of players on this odds board who can’t win the Heisman, or are very unlikely to relative to their odds.

The Heisman Trophy winner:

  • Is almost always a quarterback
  • Wins 10+ games
  • Puts up strong raw stats. Efficiency is less important, and touchdowns matter
  • Plays in a Power 5 conference

How Does Heisman Voting Work?

870 voters across six regions get three total spots on their ballot, with players getting 3, 2 or 1 point for each vote.

The voters are comprised of primarily sports writers, with past Heisman winners also getting votes.

The regions do matter, because voters are more fixated in the southeast, northeast and midwest. The west coast voters cover a large percentage of the country, but don’t make up a large percentage of the vote. So there can be a bit of an east coast/southeast bias in Heisman Trophy betting and voting.

Past Heisman Winners & Odds

Player Player Team Preseason Odds
2020 Devonta Smith Alabama 50/1
2019 Joe Burrow LSU 100/1
2018 Kyler Murray Oklahoma 30/1
2017 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 10/1
2016 Lamar Jackson Louisville 100/1
2015 Derrick Henry Alabama 25/1
2014 Marcus Mariota Oregon 5/1
2013 Jameis Winston Florida State 40/1
2012 Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 12/1
2011 Robert Griffin III Baylor 28/1
2010 Cam Newton Auburn 20/1
2009 Mark Ingram Alabama 33/1

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