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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.

PlayerPos/SchoolOdds
Bryce YoungQB, Alabama-200
CJ StroudQB, Ohio State+350
Aidan HutchinsonDE, Michigan+1200
Kenny PickettQB, Pitt+1200
Kenneth Walker IIIRB, Mich. State+1800
Matt CorralQB, Ole Miss+1800
Desmond RidderQB, Cincinnati+5000
Sam HartmanQB, Wake Forest+5000
Will Anderson JrLB, Alabama+6000
Jordan DavisDL, Georgia+6000
Cade McNamaraQB, Michigan+8000
Stetson BennettQB, Georgia+10000
TreVeyon HendersonRB, Ohio State+10000
Caleb WilliamsQB, Oklahoma+15000
Jack CoanQB, Notre Dame+15000
Kyren WilliamsRB, Notre Dame+20000
Spencer SandersQB, 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

PlayerPlayerTeamPreseason Odds
2020Devonta SmithAlabama50/1
2019Joe BurrowLSU100/1
2018Kyler MurrayOklahoma30/1
2017Baker MayfieldOklahoma10/1
2016Lamar JacksonLouisville100/1
2015Derrick HenryAlabama25/1
2014Marcus MariotaOregon5/1
2013Jameis WinstonFlorida State40/1
2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M12/1
2011Robert Griffin IIIBaylor28/1
2010Cam NewtonAuburn20/1
2009Mark IngramAlabama33/1

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