2022 Heisman Trophy Odds: Bryce Young, CJ Stroud Lead as Early Favorites
- The Heisman Trophy is college football’s most prestigious individual award
- 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.
- 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
|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).
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
|2020||Devonta Smith||Wide Receiver|
|2015||Derrick Henry||Running back|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Quarterback|
|2009||Mark Ingram Jr||Running back|
|2005||Reggie Bush||Running back|
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|
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:
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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).