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Heisman Odds After Week 1: Stetson Bennett and Anthony Richardson Make Massive Leaps

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in College Football

Updated Sep 4, 2022 · 9:43 AM PDT

Stetson Bennett scrambles vs Oregon
Sep 3, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) scrambles out under the Oregon Ducks defense during the first quarter of the Chick-fil-A kickoff game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
  • Georgia QB Stetson Bennett and Florida QB Anthony Richardson both impressed in Week 1
  • Bennett and Richardson are now top-10 favorites in the Heisman futures
  • Read below for the updated Heisman odds, plus the best bets to make

Two quarterbacks from SEC East programs were the biggest movers in the Heisman odds after Week 1 of the 2022 season. Georgia’s Stetson Bennett and Florida’s Anthony Richardson both impressed in their season debuts.

Oddsmakers were quick to adjust the Heisman futures following Week 1. Bennett and Richardson both entered the Heisman top-10 after leading their teams to wins over Oregon and Utah, respectively.

Let’s take a look at the updated Heisman odds and break down the movement.

Heisman Odds

Player Odds
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State) +230
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama) +300
Caleb Williams (QB, USC) +600
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson) +2500
Anthony Richardson (QB, Florida) +2500
Will Anderson (LB, Alabama) +3000
Dillon Gabriel (QB, Oklahoma) +3000
Stetson Bennett (QB, Georgia) +3000
TreVeyon Henderson (QB, Ohio State) +4000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas) +4100
Quinn Ewers (QB, Texas) +5000
Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennesse) +5000
Tyler Van Dyke (QB, Miami) +5000
Jaxon Smith-Nijigba (WR, Ohio State) +5000
Jahmyr Gibbs (RB, Alabama) +5000

Odds as of Sept. 4 at FanDuel Sportsbook. 

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Stetson Bennett Heisman Odds

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett saw massive improvement in his Heisman odds following Week 1. The former walk-on QB entered Saturday with +10000 odds to win the Heisman at FanDuel. By the time the game concluded, Bennett’s odds were at +3000.

Fluctuations in the Heisman odds are typical given the unpredictability of the trophy, but this is one of the biggest single-weekend odds shifts in quite some time. Bennett’s performance was enough to make oddsmakers think he has legit Heisman potential.

The sixth-year pivot threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in a 49-3 victory over Oregon. Bennett looked poised and confident in the pocket, leading UGA to the end zone on all six possessions he played.

It’s hard to envision Bennett actually winning the Heisman, especially considering Georgia is typically more reliant on their rushing attack. While Bennett excelled in the CFP last year, he only passed for 2,862 yards on the season.

Bennett is a great story, but this odds movement is more of a reaction to the public market. There are likely to be some Georgia fans who will want to throw money down on their QB for the Heisman without realizing the insane numbers it takes to actually win.

Anthony Richardson Heisman Odds

The other biggest mover in the Heisman odds after Week 1 was Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson. The first-year starter saw his odds to win the trophy improve from +6000 to +2500 after he helped lead Florida to a win over No. 7 Utah.

Richardson’s odds movement might be the most notable after Week 1, as the Gators were actually underdogs to the Utes. Richardson, making only his second collegiate start, ran for three scores to help Florida pull off the upset at the Swamp.

Richardson struggled with his accuracy in 2021, but he looked pretty poised in his season debut vs Utah. The sophomore finished the night 17-of-24 passing for 168 yards, while rushing for an additional106 yards and three scores.

The most impressive part about Richardon’s Week 1 performance might be the fact that he was never stopped for a loss during his 11 carries. He also had a highlight-reel two-point conversion play that will be making the rounds on SportsCentre.

The Billy Napier era is off to a winning start in Gainsville, but we’ll need to see Richardson string together a few more impressive performances before recommending him as a Heisman bet. Inconsistency was Richardson’s downfall in 2021, and Florida’s SEC gauntlet doesn’t provide any room for error.

Bryce Young Closes Gap on CJ Stroud

While some Heisman longshots put on a show in Week 1, there was also some movement among the favorites. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young closed the gap on Ohio State pivot CJ Stroud despite the two teams playing different quality opponents.

Young accounted for six touchdowns to lead Alabama past Utah State 55-0. The second-year starter threw five touchdown passes while adding another score with his legs. He finished the game with 100 rushing yards — more than double his previous career high.

Stroud, meanwhile, threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-10 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame. The 2021 Heisman finalist didn’t have the explosive game many were projecting him to have, but he did get the job done despite losing his top target Jaxon Smith-Njigba to injury early on.

Young improved from +400 to +300 at FanDuel, while Stroud faded from +300 to +230. It’s hard to read too much into this movement, as the Tide were playing one of the easiest opponents on their schedule, while the Buckeyes were playing their toughest.

Young actually opened the 2022 season as the favorite to repeat but was overtaken by Stroud during the offseason as hype grew around the Buckeyes’ dangerous offense. If Week 1 was any indication, though, Young is going to make Stroud work for that trophy.

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