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2022 Heisman Longshots to Bet in Preseason

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in College Football

Updated Dec 8, 2022 · 10:21 AM PST

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, a 2022 Heisman longshot, with the ball
Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) with the ball during the first half of the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
  • Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are favored to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy
  • Longshots often win the Heisman, however, and there are several worth betting in 2022 preseason
  • Read below for the best 2022 Heisman longshots to bet in preseason

The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Ohio State pivot CJ Stroud are favored in the 2022 Heisman Trophy odds.

The Heisman is a difficult award to predict, as the player favored in the preseason usually doesn’t end up winning the trophy. Betting the right Heisman longshot in the preseason can be the key to securing a massive profit at the end of the year.

Let’s take a look at the preseason Heisman odds for 2022 and offer you our three best longshot bets.

2022 Heisman Trophy Odds

Player Odds
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +200
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +400
Caleb Williams (QB, USC) +600
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson) +3000
Tyler Van Dyke (QB, Miami) +3000
Dillon Gabriel (QB, UCF) +3000
Quinn Ewers (QB, Texas) +4000
Jaxson Dart (QB, Ole Miss) +4000
Will Anderson (LB, Alabama) +4000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +5000
Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR, Ohio State) +5000
Jahmyr Gibbs (RB, Alabama) +5000
Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennesse) +6000
TreVeyon Henderson (RB, Ohio State) +6000
Anthony Richardson (QB, Florida) +6000
Braelon Allen (RB, Wisconsin) +6000
Will Rogers (QB, Miss State) +8000
KJ Jefferson (QB, Arkansas) +8000
Malik Cunningham (QB, Liberty) +8000
Spencer Rattler (QB, South Carolina) +8000
Jordan Addison (WR, Pittsburgh) +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
Devin Leary (QB, NC State) +8000
Devon Achane (RB, Texas A&M) +8000

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Alabama QB Bryce Young is the most recent Heisman winner, capturing the trophy in 2021. Young was favored in the preseason, ending a trend of longshots winning.

The previous two Heisman winners, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith and LSU QB Joe Burrow, were both extreme longshots in the preseason.

Van Dyke Will Post Huge Numbers

Miami quarterback Tyer Van Dyke is one of the best Heisman longshot bets you can make in 2022 preseason. The young pivot is set to shred ACC defenses this season after impressing as a freshman in 2021.

Van Dyke started the final nine games for the Hurricanes in 2021, throwing for 2,931 yards and 25 TDs with only six interceptions. Dyke finished with a pass efficiency rating of 160.1, which was second-best in the ACC behind Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett (165.3).

Miami had an explosive offense last season, averaging 321.2 passing yards per game. There’s the chance for the Hurricanes to be even more dangerous in 2022 with the arrival of new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis under Mario Cristobal.

Van Dyke has a few of his top wide receiver targets from last season returning, in addition to Clemson transfer Frank Ladson. Miami plays Texas A&M in Week 3, meaning Van Dyke’s Heisman odds could shift early in the season if he’s able to lead Miami to an upset bid.

Value Bet: Tyler Van Dyke (+3000)

Texas Runs on Bijan

Quarterback Quinn Ewers has been getting most of the hype in Texas recently, but running back Bijan Robinson is the name to watch in the Heisman race. The explosive RB is returning for a third season despite already being a first-round lock in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Robinson rushed for 1,127 yards and 11 TDs in 10 games last season, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He showed his explosiveness and Heisman potential during an early five-game stretch in which he rushed for 752 yards and 10 TDS.

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Robinson also caught 26 passes out of the backfield in 2021, which is a skill that bolsters his Heisman value. Several past running back Heisman winners, including Alabama’s Mark Ingram, made themselves worthy of the “most outstanding player” title due to their pass-catching ability.

Much like with Van Dyke, Robinson has a game on his schedule with “Heisman moment” potential. The Longhorns face Alabama in Week 2 and will be big underdogs. If Robinson goes beast mode vs the Tide, Robinson’s +5000 Heisman odds will be a long and distant memory.

Value Bet: Bijan Robinson (+5000)

Anderson is a Man Amongst Boys

Alabama QB Bryce Young is favored to win a second consecutive Heisman Trophy in 2022, but it’s his teammate Will Anderson who is the best value bet. The linebacker was arguably the best college football player in 2021 and is set for a massive junior season in Tuscaloosa.

Anderson led the FBS in both tackles for loss (34.5) and sacks (17.5) last season. With Alabama losing a few offensive pieces this offseason but gaining more experience defensively, Anderson could post even more impressive numbers in 2022.

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Anderson is facing an uphill battle in the Heisman odds, as no defensive player has won the award since Charles Woodson in 1997. Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson finished second in the 2021 Heisman voting, however, showing that defensive players are getting their due.

Alabama has produced three of the last seven Heisman winners, and Anderson is solid value at +4000 to keep that trend going. With all the constant changes in college football, a defensive player winning the Heisman doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.

Value Bet: Will Anderson (+4000)


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