Aidan Hutchinson Cements Heisman Candidacy With Dominant Performance vs. Ohio State
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Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson just made one of the biggest statements all season Saturday, to the extent he’s now in the Heisman mix — literally.
The star-studded pass rusher broke the Michigan record for sacks in a 42-27 win against arch-rival Ohio State, sending the Wolverines to the Big Ten title game.
His +700 price tag at DraftKings is now the third-shortest for Heisman at the time of writing, behind only Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud and the favorite, Alabama’s Bryce Young.
Updated Heisman Odds
|Kenneth Walker III||+1400|
|Will Anderson Jr.||+6000|
Hutchinson was in the backfield all afternoon, recording seven tackles and three sacks of Stroud.
Aidan Hutchinson did this to potential 1st round pick pic.twitter.com/uHPmZKnOsE
— Anthony Treash (@PFF_Anthony) November 27, 2021
The senior’s been a force in Mike MacDonald’s defense, collecting 54 tackles, a couple forced fumbles and 12 sacks in as many games this season.
Naturally, the Plymouth, Michigan native’s considered a top NFL prospect with the 2022 draft around the corner – and his stock’s taking off at a torrid pace.
The win for Hutchinson and the Wolverines Saturday also broke an eight-year losing skid against the Buckeyes.
It was the first victory in the rivalry for head coach Jim Harbaugh, who will wind up leading the country with a 10-2 mark against the spread.
In a year most projected Michigan to sag back in the Big Ten, it might have a conference championship, win over Ohio State and Heisman winner in the same season.