Bryce Young Favored To Repeat In 2022 Heisman Trophy Odds
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Alabama’s Bryce Young had a record-setting year en route to Saturday night’s Heisman Trophy presentation, with the sophomore quarterback receiving an overwhelming majority of first-place votes.
Now the Crimson Tide signal-caller has his sights set on another piece of history in 2022, when he has a chance to become just the second-ever repeat Heisman winner alongside Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974-75.
Oddsmakers already like his chances.
FOX Bet posted 2022 Heisman Trophy odds Monday and Young is on top of the board again at +200 odds. Young played as a true freshman and therefore isn’t eligible to declare for the NFL Draft until 2023.
Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud is second in the Heisman college football odds at +400 and former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, who will enter the transfer portal after losing his starting job midseason, is third at +700.
Young was listed at +800 ahead of the 2021 college football betting season and worked his way to the top, locking up the Heisman after throwing for an SEC title game-record 421 yards and three touchdowns in an upset win over Georgia. He also set a school record for single-game passing with 559 yards in a win over Arkansas.
Overall, Young finished the season with 4,322 yards, 43 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He was also the most consistent candidate while others like Stroud, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral and Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett got too hot-and-cold throughout the year.
Young is currently preparing for a CFP semifinal matchup with Cincinnati ahead of a potential second-straight national championship appearance for Alabama, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to attain similar levels of success in 2022 or beyond.
However, preseason Heisman favorites have not fared well in recent years – Rattler was No. 1 entering 2021 and couldn’t even hold a starting job, while D.J. Uiagalelei failed to crack the top 10 in voting this season after opening second at +600 on betting sites and betting apps. And there’s a lot of talent hoping to make a name for themselves and surprise voters in 2022.
2022 College Football Heisman Trophy Odds
|Kenneth Walker III||+1200|
Top 2022 Heisman Trophy Contenders
Alabama QB Bryce Young
Young would almost certainly be the No. 1 quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft if he were eligible. Crimson Tide fans will gladly take another year with Young at the helm, and we’ll see if he can fare better than recent returning Heisman-winning quarterbacks like Sam Bradford, Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Lamar Jackson, all of whom fell short in their bids to repeat. If backing Young at FOX Bet, new users who sign up can get a risk-free first bet worth up to $500 by using the latest FOX Bet promo code.
Ohio State QB CJ Stroud
The Buckeyes signal-caller could have made it a very interesting vote if not for an upset loss at Michigan that ended Ohio State’s CFP chances in the final week of the regular season. That will light a fire entering his sophomore season and Stroud still has plenty of room to improve. He should excel again and maybe take it to an even higher level in 2022 with a year of experience under his belt.
QB Spencer Rattler
The former Sooners quarterback has reportedly been in touch with South Carolina and Nebraska after deciding to leave Oklahoma. Things didn’t go as planned for the preseason favorite as Rattler was benched mid-game against Texas and never regained the role. The raw talent is clear, and we’ll see if Rattler can put it all together for a serious Heisman run with a new program.
Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams
Williams replaced Rattler mid-game against Texas and thrived from the start, leading a comeback victory over the Longhorns. He started the rest of the way and finished with 1,670 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Now the job is his with Rattler skipping town as the Sooners look to bounce back under new coach Brent Venables.
Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III
Walker was clearly the best running back in college football and still didn’t receive an invite to NYC as a Heisman finalist. He was largely responsible for the Spartans’ 10-2 season and single-handedly carried the offense at times. The Wake Forest transfer could potentially take himself out of the running and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. If not, he would be a great value bet at sportsbooks in the Heisman race.