Heisman Trophy Betting Odds: Who Are Early 2021 Favorites?
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A pattern is starting to emerge with Heisman Trophy futures betting. And it’s a very profitable one for those who can properly identify value in longshots.
Alabama wideout DeVonta Smith was available at +5000 in early September, one week before the Crimson Tide’s first game of the season. Smith was down to around -500 by the time he suited up for Alabama’s College Football Playoff semifinal win over Notre Dame on Jan. 1.
Same goes for 2019 Heisman winner Joe Burrow, priced around +2500 in the preseason. The LSU quarterback was listed around -2000 by the time the Tigers got to the SEC Championship game against Georgia. And the 2018 winner, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, was also listed well down the board behind plenty of contenders before emerging as the favorite.
We obviously don’t know which longshots will emerge early next season. They might not even be on the board right now. But we do know who the heavy college football betting favorites are: An impressive group of underclassmen looking to make their mark with the top programs in the country.
Odds To Win The 2021 Heisman Trophy
|Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma||+300|
|Bryce Young, Alabama||+400|
|D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson||+650|
|Sam Howell, North Carolina||+800|
|D’Eriq King, Miami||+1200|
|JT Daniels, Georgia||+1800|
|Jayden Daniels, Arizona State||+2000|
|Kedon Slovis, USC||+2000|
|Jack Miller III, Ohio State||+2500|
|Bijan Robinson, Texas||+2500|
|Breece Hall, Iowa State||+3300|
|Jase McClellan, Alabama||+3300|
|Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M||+3300|
College football futures odds current as of publication and subject to change.
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Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, +300
Rattler put up some big-time numbers in his freshman season for the Sooners. He was one of the top candidates in the early going, with +1100 odds before an upset loss to unranked Kansas State in the Sooners’ second game.
Rattler finished with 3,031 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and plenty of momentum – Oklahoma won its final eight games of the season, including a 55-20 win over Florida in the Cotton Bowl.
The Sooners will be one of the top preseason favorites next year and Rattler is the obvious choice to top the Heisman futures board with the start of the 2021 season still eight months away. He’s also looking to become the third Oklahoma quarterback to win the Heisman over the past five years, with Murray and Baker Mayfield (2017) already in the club.
Alabama QB Bryce Young, +400
The five-star prospect, ranked the top dual-threat quarterback in the country, saw limited action this season as a freshman after senior Mac Jones won the starting job. But it definitely looks like Young will take over this explosive Tide offense in 2021.
Young completed 13 of 22 attempts for 156 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions in 2020. He’ll be one of the most talked-about players in the nation next fall and is second on the list largely because Alabama coach Nick Saban has pivoted to an offense-first approach.
The Tide used to be known primarily for outstanding defenders and Heisman-worthy running backs with relatively anonymous quarterbacks, but that has changed in a big way. The QB is now the star in Tuscaloosa and Young will have a chance to follow Smith to make it back-to-back Heisman winners for the Tide.
Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei, +650
Uiagalelei will have some huge shoes to fill as Clemson’s quarterback now that Trevor Lawrence has officially declared for the NFL Draft. Lawrence will go down as one of the most celebrated college football players ever to not win the Heisman in his three-year stint with the Tigers, but Uiagalelei already proved once this year he can handle the big stage.
Uiagalelei stepped into a starting role when Lawrence missed two games after testing positive for COVID-19. Uiagalelei passed for 342 yards in his first career start during a win over Boston College. He was even better the next week, completing 29 of 44 attempts for 439 yards in a double-overtime loss at Notre Dame.
All told, Uiagalelei tallied 914 passing yards and five total touchdowns in just two starts plus some mop-up duty in other games. He put the ACC on notice that the Tigers won’t fold with Lawrence moving on. We’ll see if the newcomer can put it all together for another Playoff appearance and a serious run at the Heisman in 2021.