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  • Ohio State QB CJ Stroud has overtake Alabama QB and reigning-winner Bryce Young as the Heisman favorite in 2022
  • See the latest Heisman 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. From 2018 to 2020, the winner – Kyler Murray (2018), Joe Burrow (2019), and Devota Smith (2020) – were either off the board or extreme longshots before Week 1. Bryce Young finally bucked that trend in 2021, opening as the second-favorite and never falling out of the top five.

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Heisman Odds

  • June 19, 2022: The preseason odds have been kind to Stroud, who is now a +183 favorite. Young faded from +275 to +375. After third-favorite Caleb Williams at +800, there is a huge drop to fourth-favorite Jahmyr Gibbs (+3000).
  • Feb. 2, 2022: Young (+275) and Stroud (+475) continue to sit first and second in the odds, but Rattler, who announced a transfer to South Carolina, has faded from +700 to +3650. Incoming USC transfer Caleb Williams is now third at +850.
  • Dec. 12, 2021: Reigning Heisman-winner Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) is favored in the opening 2022 Heisman Trophy odds, followed by CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) and fellow QB Spencer Rattler, whose transfer destination is unclear at this point.

Heisman Favorites 2022

Player Odds
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +200
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +400
Caleb Williams (QB, USC) +850
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson) +3000
Tyler Van Dyke (QB, Miami) +3000
Quinn Ewers (QB, Texas) +4000
Jaxson Dart (QB, Ole Miss) +4000
Will Anderson (LB, Alabama) +4000
Dillon Gabriel (QB, UCF) +4000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +5000
Jahmyr Gibbs (RB, Alabama) +5000
Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennessee) +6000
Anthony Richardson (QB, Oregon) +6000
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR, Ohio State) +6000
Braelon Allen (RB, Wisconsin) +6000
Will Rogers (QB, Miss State) +8000
TreVeyon Henderson (RB, Ohio State) +8000
KJ Jefferson (QB, Arkansas) +8000
Spencer Rattler (QB, South Carolina) +8000
Jordan Addison (WR, Pitt) +8000
Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State) +8000
Sam Hartman (QB, Wake Forest) +8000
Max Johnson (QB, Texas A&M) +8000
Cameron Rising (QB, Utah) +8000
Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State) +8000
Devon Achane (RB, Texas A&M) +8000

Odds as of June 14, 2022, at FanDuel Sportsbook.

CJ Stroud (Ohio State QB)

Oddsmakers see Ohio State QB CJ Stroud the outright favorite in the preseason, despite finishing a distant fourth to Bryce Young in Heisman voting last season (plus two players who are now playing on Sunday: Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson and Pitt QB Kenny Pickett). But keep in mind that Stroud was a freshman last season, and is expected to take a big leap from an already great season in his second year running the Buckeye offense.

Bryce Young (Alabama QB)

Alabama QB Bryce Young is looking to accomplish an exceedingly rare feat: win the Heisman Trophy twice. Only one player has ever managed to win the award twice (Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975). But coach Nick Saban will ensure he’s surrounded by a myriad of five-star recruits as Alabama looks for its fifth national title in the last decade.

Caleb Williams (USC QB)

Caleb Williams took over under center for Spencer Rattler at Oklahoma mid-way through last season and looked promising as a true freshman. His best performance came against Oregon in the Alamo bowl, where he went 21-27 for 242 yards, three TDs, and no INTs. He has followed head coach Lincoln Riley to USC for the upcoming season, and big things are expected from the school that produced Carson Palmer (2002 winner) and Matt Leinart (2004 winner).

Heisman Trophy Longshots

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 Bryce Young Quarterback
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 18
Running back 3
All others 1

 

Where Can You Bet on the Heisman Trophy?

Every major sportsbook in the country offers NCAA futures odds, which always include the Heisman Trophy odds. Bettors may notice that some sites take their Heisman odds down on Saturdays while games are being played. Don’t panic. They will be back once oddsmakers have had to time reflect on the day’s results and adjust accordingly.

The main list of legal sportsbooks offering Heisman futures odds in 2022 is as follows:

Heisman Trophies by Conference

The SEC and Big Ten have dominated the top preseason top-25 favorites lately. 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
SEC 8
Big 12 5
Pac-12 4
ACC 3
Big Ten 2

Archived Heisman Trophy Odds: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018