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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

  • Sep. 26: After leading Tennessee to a 4-0 start, Vols QB Hendon Hooker has entered the top five at +1600.
  • Sep. 4: A monster game in Week 1 versus Oregon has led Georgia QB Stetson Bennett into the top five (+2100). Sitting at +9000 before the game, Bennett threw for 368 yards, two TDs, and no picks in a 49-3 rout of the #11 Ducks.
  • June 19: 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: 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) +150
Caleb Williams (QB, USC) +500
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +1000
Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennessee) +1400
Adrian Martinez (QB, Kansas State) +1600
Blake Corum (RB, Michigan) +1800
Jahmyr Gibbs (RB, Alabama) +2000
Stetson Bennett IV (QB, Georgia) +2000
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson) +2500
Dorian Thompson-Robinson (QB, UCLA) +3000
Drake Maye (QB, UNC) +3000
Miyan Williams (RB, Ohio State) +3000
Sam Hartman (QB, Wake Forest) +4000
Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State) +4000
Jalon Daniels (QB, Kansas) +4000
Will Anderson (OLB, Alabama) +5000
Cameron Rising (QB, Utah) +5000
Bo Nix (QB, Oregon) +8000
Deuce Vaughn (RB, Kansas State) +8000
Taulia Tagovailoa (QB, Maryland) +8000
Michael Penix Jr (QB, Washington) +10000
Anthony Richardson (QB, Florida) +10000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +10000
Will Shipley (RB, Clemson) +10000
Max Duggan (QB, TCU) +10000

Odds as of October 2, 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).

 

2022 Heisman Trophy Public Betting Splits

2022 Heisman betting splits

2022 Heisman Trophy betting splits as of July 20, 2022, at DraftKings Sportsbook.

The Heisman Trophy betting splits as of mid-July show that USC QB Caleb Williams and Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr are getting the most money from early bettors. Both are at over 12% of the betting handle at DraftKings, while favorite CJ Stroud is third at 9.7%.

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
2021 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 18 QBs and three running backs, and one receiver.

Before Devonta Smith’s win in 2020, the last Heisman to go to a non-QB/RB was Charles Woodson in 1997. 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