Heisman Odds 2022: Can Bryce Young Repeat Or Will Stroud Steal Show?

With the dawn of a new season rising slowly in the distance, so does the beginning of debates on who will be this season’s player to hoist the Heisman Trophy.  One of the most iconic trophies for individual achievements in sports, it will not take long for storylines to be created on what player truly has the best case to join the club of former Heisman winners.

Although, there is a case that there may not be any new members to the club as last year’s winner Bryce Young of Alabama has a strong case to repeat and become the first player in over 40 years to win back to back.  It will not be an easy path by any means as there are many fierce competitors this season to get their chance to join the Heisman House themselves.  Let’s get into the Favorites and best future bets to place on players for this year:

Heisman Odds 2022

Heisman Odds Favorites

C.J. Stroud ()

Redshirt Sophomore C.J. Stroud enters 2022 as the early Heisman favorite.  Coming off his 2021 season where he finished fourth in the Heisman race, many expect him to improve on his pace with a year of experience under his belt and he will have wideouts like Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. to certainly give him plenty of weapons to make a case.  Ohio State will enter the season as Big Ten favorites and Stroud is a big reason for that. 

While he did showcase some freshman jitters early last season with an interception thrown in each of his first three games, he quickly figured out his kinks and had a remarkable Big Ten season finishing his year 44 TDs and only 6 INTs.  Count on Stroud to keep up those high offensive numbers this season. 

A week 1 matchup against Notre Dame this season will give him a chance to truly show the nation what we are in for this season with him and Ohio State.  While it may not be the highest odds future bet, taking Stroud for the Heisman will be the safest bet out of anyone in the field and becoming the first Ohio State Heisman winner since QB Troy Smith in 2006.

Bryce Young ()

The reigning Heisman trophy winner will begin his campaign soon to repeat his 2021 win as well as avenging Alabama’s loss to Georgia in the national championship.  The Junior QB Young will be coming off a season where threw for 47 TDs and only 7 INTs and expect similar numbers this upcoming season as Young goes for becoming the first repeat Heisman Winner since Archie Griffin in 1974-75.  How that hurts Young however, is that it shows truly how hard it is to become a repeat winner in today’s era of college football.

We’ve seen many players in recent memory (Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, and Lamar Jackson) come back after their Heisman season and unsuccessfuly go for a repeat.  Often putting up similar numbers as well.  The upside for Young is that with Alabama being a preseason number one and national championship favorite, he will definitely have a spotlight to make his claim for the trophy. 

Bryce Young would be as good a bet as ever for a player trying to go for his second Heisman.  It’ll be an arms race between Stroud and Young this season as they compete on individual statistics.  But there are more in the race than just those two.

Caleb Williams ()

The new Lincoln Riley era of USC Football will also begin with the Caleb Williams Chapter as both of them team up again, turning away from the Boomer Sooner making their way to sunny Southern California.  These two already have grown their chemistry at Oklahoma so Williams should have no issue adjusting to a new jersey since he will most likely stick to the same offensive style he was using last season. 

Williams was a 5-star recruit and started his 2021 season as a backup to Spencer Rattler but quickly earned starting status after a great game in the Red River Bowl vs. Texas.  He was able to finish the season with 21 TDs and 4 INTS.  Expect with a full season as starter for his statistical numbers to grow. 

With a new look USC identity, Williams and Riley truly could shake up the Pac-12 and Williams could see himself joining the prestigious Heisman club.  At +750 odds it would be a great bet for someone that is not one of the top two and you’re hoping to make a larger profit.

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Spencer Rattler ()

Spencer Rattler has fallen from grace truly going from a potential Heisman favorite and high NFL draft pick from being benched from his starting role at Oklahoma and sent to transfer to a lesser football powerhouse school all in one year.  While Rattler had high potential at the beginning of 2021, he quickly lost a lot of what people saw in him and public opinion has faded from him.  But maybe a fresh start with less expectations is exactly what the Redshirt Junior needs. 

Leaving Oklahoma and joining a South Carolina program that has been swimming in mediocrity could be a blessing for both parties.  South Carolina finished 7-6 last season and showed potential to keep growing.  The addition of Rattler could not only help their standings in the SEC, it could get the former 5-star quarterback in Rattler return to the glory he once had. 

With the extremely competitive SEC it may be a longshot, but if you’re looking to sprinkle some money on some longshots for a high profit margin the +4500 Rattler wouldn’t be a bad start.

Bo Nix ()

Rattler and Williams were not the only big QB names on the move this offseason as we saw Auburn’s Bo Nix pack up from his father’s alma mater to go out west to join the Oregon Ducks.  Bo Nix came into college football a star, starting as a true freshman and winning SEC Freshman of the Year leading the Tigers to a 9-4.  After a mediocre sophomore and junior campaign, Nix hopes to get back to where he started under a new program and new conference.  And who’s to say he won’t? 

Oregon has seen their fair share of great QBs as of late like Justin Herbert.  Eugene could be the perfect place for Nix to flourish but he will be missing Herbert’s coach in Mario Cristobal as he recently left for Miami(FL).  Nix’s new head coach is defensive Dan Lanning.  Oregon will be a top Pac-12 contender this year that could certainly give Bo Nix a good chance to make a fight at the Heisman trophy.  He will have his work cut out for him Week 1 against the reigning champion Georgia Bulldogs.

Bijan Robinson ()

Is Texas back?  That remains to be seen as we still have a couple years until Arch Manning comes to Austin.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to be excited for with the Longhorns and Heisman potential candidate RB Bijan Robinson will be a major reason for that this year.  Much of the Texas offense might very well be worked around Robinson’s play this year and was one of the pieces that actually worked for Texas last season when healthy. 

Expect Robinson to have an even bigger season as he was just named preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and could be holding the Heisman later this year.  The Heisman in recent years has not been favorable to RBs with Derrick Henry being the last one to win back in 2015.  If you see a RB coming back to the Heisman House, Robinson is your guy.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba ()

Smith-Njigba showed his ability to be as dominant as any WR in the country last season and left a fantastic impression with his final outing of last season in the Rose Bowl.  In that game he went for 3 TDs and 347 yards.  Now as a junior, he will be WR1 with fellow Heisman candidate C.J. Stroud throwing to him.  Having Stroud sharing statistics with him may hurt his ability to pass him in the Heisman race but we have seen in recent years WRs like DeVonta Smith be able to go home with the Heisman trophy.  If Smith-Njigba exerts his dominance and skill in the Big Ten he may be able to join the club as well.

Jack is a Hoosier by birth and Hoosier by alum. Full of hot takes but sharper predictions. Residing now in the Chicago area. When he's not chowing down on deep dish pizza and Italian beef, he's watching and betting sports. Junkie for everything CBB, NBA, NFL, CFB, and MLB. Here to feed you a system to follow that might even be better than the one Tom Brady was gifted his whole career.

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