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  • The Heisman Trophy is college football’s most prestigious individual award
  • The race has developed into a two-man duel between Ole Miss QB Matt Corral and Alabama QB Bryce Young
  • 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

  • Oct. 17: New Oklahoma starter Caleb Williams is on the board at +3750, immediately becoming a top-seven favorite after 1.5 games as the Sooners’ signal-caller.
  • Oct. 10: Bama’s loss to Texas A&M sent Young’s odds from ++123 to +190. Corral improved to +200 after edging Arkansas in a thriller. Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker is now in the top four at +1600. He was off the board to start the year and +10000 after Week 1.
  • Oct. 3: Young’s Alabama thumped Corral’s Ole Miss (42-21) and their odds shifted accordingly. Young is the +123 favorite now with Corral fading to +215.
  • Sep. 26: Corral (+150) and Young (+238) remain way ahead of the field. But Fresno State QB Jake Haener is on the board for the first time and immediately entered the top ten at +4000.
  • Sep. 19: Matt Corral is now the outright favorite at +175. Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder is in the top four at +1900. Spencer Rattler (+1950) and DJ Uiagalelei (+4500) have faded the most in the first two weeks.
  • Sep. 12: Ole Miss QB Matt Corral (+450) is now the second-favorite. Oregon RB CJ Verdell improved from  +15000 to +2050 after leading the Ducks to a huge upset of Ohio State in Columbus.
  • Sep. 5: Alabama QB Bryce Young is the new favorite at +450 after lighting up Miami in Week 1.
  • Aug. 27: Sportsbooks in AZ will likely be taking lots of action on a trio of players who have Arizona ties. State natives Kedon Slovis and Brock Purdy should have big years at USC and Iowa state, respectively, while Jayden Daniels looks to lead Arizona State to a PAC-12 title
  • Aug. 16: All the favorites faded a little as bettors (sensibly) shy away from short odds on an unpredictable award. Rattler went from +588 to +700. Uiagalelei wen from +913 to +925. Young went from +963 to +1050. Daniels went from +1000 to +1200. And Stroud went from +1325 to +1500.
  • Aug. 9: Rattler, already the favorite, shortened from +625 to +588. Uiagalelei (+913) also saw his odds improve while Daniels faded from +950 to +1000.
  • Aug. 3: CJ Stroud appears to be in line to start under center at Ohio State and has jumped into the top-five, accordingly. His odds have improved from +5000 to +1325 since opening.
  • 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
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +178
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss) +183
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +800
Kenneth Walker III (RB, Michigan State) +1800
Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati) +2000
Kenny Pickett (QB, Pitt) +2100
Caleb Williams (QB, Oklahoma) +3750
Treveyon Henderson (RB, Ohio State) +3750
Brian Robinson Jr (RB, Alabama) +4000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +5750
Jerome Ford (RB, Cincinnati) +6000
Stetson Bennett (QB, Georgia) +6500
Brennan Armstrong (QB, Virginia) +8000
Kennedy Brooks (RB, Oklahoma) +8000
Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State) +9000
Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State) +10000
Cade McNamara (QB, Michigan) +10000
Devin Leary (QB, NC State) +10000
Jameson Williams (WR, Alabama) +10000
Malik Willis (QB, Liberty) +10000
Blake Corum (RB, Michigan) +10500
John Metchie III (WR, Alabama) +11500
Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State) +11500
Brock Purdy (QB, Iowa State) +12500
Casey Thompson (QB, Texas) +12500

Odds as of Oct. 17, 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
SEC 7
Big 12 5
Pac-12 4
ACC 3
Big Ten 2

Archived Heisman Trophy Odds: 2020, 2019, 2018