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  • The Heisman Trophy is college football’s most prestigious individual award
  • Spencer Rattler has opened as the favorite to win the award in 2021
  • See the odds for the favorites and longshots, starting from last year’s title game right up to award week 

Every season, this page tracks the favorites for college football’s most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy, by averaging out the futures available at major online sportsbooks.

Predicting who will win is a difficult exercise, especially in the preseason. The last three winners – Kyler Murray (2018), Joe Burrow (2019), and Devota Smith (2020) – were either off the board or extreme longshots before Week 1

Heisman Trophy Favorites

  • Jan. 12:  Georgia QB JT Daniels (+1225) has jumped Miami pivot D’Eriq King (+1375) for the final spot in the top five.
  • Jan. 5: Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler (+3620) is favored over Alabama QB Bryce Young (+594), Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei (+800), and UNC QB Sam Howell (+967)

Latest Heisman Trophy Odds

Player Odds
Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma) +371
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +581
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson) +783
Sam Howell (QB, UNC) +925
JT Daniels (QB, Georgia) +1225
D’Eriq King (QB, Miami) +1375
Kellen Mond (QB, Texas A&M) +1800
Kedon Slovis (QB, USC) +1900
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +2333
Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State) +2400
Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State) +3267
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +3650
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss) +3750
Jack Miller III (QB, Ohio State) +4000

Odds as of Jan 12, 2021.

Who Usually Wins the Heisman Trophy?

Quarterbacks had a run of four straight Heismans broken in 2020 by Alabama WR Devonta Smith. On the whole, though, pivots are still dominating.

Heisman Trophy Winners Since 2000

Year Player Position
2020 Devonta Smith Wide Receiver
2019 Joe Burrow Quarterback
2018 Kyler Murray Quarterback
2017 Baker Mayfield Quarterback
2016 Lamar Jackson Quarterback
2015 Derrick Henry Running back
2014 Marcus Mariota Quarterback
2013 Jameis Winston Quarterback
2012 Johnny Manziel Quarterback
2011 Robert Griffin III Quarterback
2010 Cam Newton Quarterback
2009 Mark Ingram Jr Running back
2008 Sam Bradford Quarterback
2007 Tim Tebow Quarterback
2006 Troy Smith Quarterback
2005 Reggie Bush Running back
2004 Matt Leinart Quarterback
2003 Jason White Quarterback
2002 Carson Palmer Quarterback
2001 Eric Crouch Quarterback
2000 Chris Weinke Quarterback

For those of you playing along at home, that’s 17 QBs and 3 running backs.

The last Heisman to go to a different position was Charles Woodson’s 1997 win. Before that, it was Desmond Howard in 1991, then Johnny Rodgers (who was kind of a running back) in 1972, and then Notre Dame end Leon Hart in 1949.

Position Number of Heisman Trophies since 2000
Quarterback 17
Running back 3
All others 1

Heisman Trophies by Conference

The SEC and Big Ten dominate the top candidates for 2019, yet again. This is not new.

But while the SEC has actually followed through with their Heisman Trophy candidates lately, the Big Ten has only produced two winners since 2000 and none since 2006 (Troy Smith, Ohio State).

Conference Heisman Trophies since 2000
Big 12 5
Pac-12 4
Big Ten 2

Archived Heisman Trophy Odds: 2020, 2019, 2018