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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.

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Heisman Trophy Favorites

  • Apr. 23: Rattler has faded from +371 to +513 but remains the favorite. Second-favorite DJ Uiagalelei improved from +783 to +713.
  • 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 at DraftKings
Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma) +550
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson) +600
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +800
Sam Howell (QB, UNC) +1700
D’Eriq King (QB, Miami) +2000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +2000
JT Daniels (QB, Georgia) +2000
Kedon Slovis (QB, USC) +2500
Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State) +3300
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +3300
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss) +3300
Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State) +4000
Casey Thompson (QB, Texas) +5000
Tank Bigsby (RB, Auburn) +5000
Max Borghi (RB, Washington State) +5000
British Brooks (RB, North Carolina) +5000
Malik Cunningham (QB, Louisville) +5000
Dillon Gabriel (QB, UCF) +5000
Hendon Hooker (QB, VA Tech) +5000
Marcus Major (RB, Oklahoma) +5000
Jack Miller III (Ohio State, QB) +5000
Bo Nix (QB, Auburn) +5000
Brock Purdy (QB, Iowa State) +5000
Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati) +5000
Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State) +5000

Odds as of April 23, 2021.

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 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