When it comes to betting on college football, the possibilities are endless.
Aside from betting on weekend games, bettors can also place a wide variety of futures bets. One such futures wager that is favored by football bettors is betting on the winner of the Heisman Trophy.
The Heisman Trophy is given to the best college football player during the regular season. Players such as Herschel Walker, O.J. Simpson, and Cam Newton have all won the award in their formative years, so it’s a good indicator that a player may have a stellar professional career later on.
With different talents emerging each year, predicting the winner of the award isn’t as straightforward as many bettors may think, which just adds to the fun of betting on the award.
There are a few strong contenders for the Heisman Trophy this year. We’re going to cover the favorites and the contenders for the award, so be sure to read on.
The winner of the trophy is decided via a voting process. The Heisman Memorial Trust sends electronic ballots to members of the media and former Heisman Trophy winners.
The bulk of the voters are journalists who cover college football in six different regions. These regions are: The Far West, Southwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, South, and Midwest.
There are 145 media voters from each region, making up a total of 870 media voters. Aside from journalists and former winners, fans are also awarded 1 vote.
The voters (the media and the former winners) then get to select their three best regular-season players. There are no restrictions on who the voters can vote for, just as long as the player plays college football at any level.
A first-place vote is equivalent to three points, a second-place vote is equivalent to two, while a third-place vote allots a single point to the chosen player. Of course, the player who receives the bulk of the votes wins the Heisman Trophy.
A list of finalists—typically between three to six finalists—is revealed a few days before the Heisman Trophy Ceremony.
The winner of the trophy is then announced during the ceremony, which usually takes place in December just before the postseason bowl games begin.
Historically, the award has been dominated by quarterbacks. 8 of the last 10 winners have been quarterbacks, and that trend looks like it will carry on this year.
Spencer Rattler was the favorite for the award when the odds dropped, but, currently, Bryce Young is the runaway favorite after a stellar season.
Other players could also emerge from the blue and pull a stunning surprise in the last few weeks before the winner is announced. Here are our 2021 Heisman Trophy favorites and contenders.
Bryce Young – Alabama Crimson Tide look set to produce back-to-back Heisman Trophy winners. Devonta Smith won the award last season, and Young is following in the wide receiver’s footsteps.
Young has been stellar throughout the season and has produced a few Heisman moments of his own, showing that he truly deserves the award. In their game against Arkansas, he broke Alabama’s record for most passing yards in a game when he threw for 559 yards.
Arguably, his standout moment of the season came against Auburn when he helped Alabama come from behind in the fourth quarter to win the Iron Bowl thriller in overtime.
As it stands, it looks like Young will be the first quarterback from Alabama to win the Award.
CJ Stroud – Throughout the season, Stroud and Young have continually switched places as the favorites for the Heisman Trophy, and Stroud even entered November as the bookies’ favorite for the award.
The Ohio State quarterback has been outstanding this season and even had several chances to wrap up the award but was unable to do so.
His raw numbers are still impressive, and he should still be one of the finalists for the award in December. There’s still a slim chance that Stroud could manage to go all the way.
Kenny Pickett – Pickett is in his final college season and will be hoping to go out with a bang. He started as a dark horse but his odds have improved as the season has progressed.
With Pittsburgh going to the ACC championship game after seasons of extremely close calls, Pickett’s chances of winning the award are now higher than ever.
Pickett’s stats this season have also been impressive. He broke his school’s record for most passing touchdowns in a single season after finishing the regular season with 40 touchdown passes. He’s definitely going to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, but it’s highly unlikely that he finishes ahead of Stroud and Young.
Kenneth Walker III – Walker is one of the few players on this list that isn’t a quarterback. The Michigan State Running Back averaged 6.2 yards per rush attempt and hit 18 rushing touchdowns during the regular season, and he also helped Michigan finish with a 10-2 record.
Walker will take solace in the fact that a quarterback didn’t win the award last year, and he’ll hope to be the first running back to win the award since Derrick Henry in 2015.
Matt Corral – Corral was once the favorite for the Heisman Trophy, and his odds were even as low as +200 at one point during the season.
But his raw passing output decreased as the season progressed, and now he’s just an outsider for the award.
The Ole Miss Rebels quarterback only has 19 touchdowns this season, which isn’t enough to help him win the award.
Aidan Hutchinson – Hutchinson’s odds of being a Heisman winner are as low as +1500 on some sportsbooks. Though the award doesn’t typically favor defensive players, there’s a strong case for the Michigan Wolverines defensive end.
He’s been Michigan’s standout defensive leader and had a strong end to the regular season. He notched 13 sacks during the regular season, breaking the program’s single-season sack record.
It’s highly unlikely that a player who plays in defense will win the award. But if it ends up going to a defensive player, there’s no better choice than Aidan Hutchinson.
Jordan Davis – Davis is another defensive player who’s in the running for the award. The Senior defensive tackle is one of the top 10 contenders after starring for the Georgia Bulldogs this season.
Davis’s stats speak for themselves. He starred in Georgia’s undefeated season, taking part in all 12 games. He ended the regular season with 24 tackles, two sacks, and even scored his first career touchdown.
Even if he doesn’t win the Heisman Trophy, he’s still a strong contender for the Outland Trophy.
Desmond Ridder – Ridder is another outsider for the award. The quarterback from the Cincinnati Bearcats will hope to be the first player outside the current Power Five to win the Heisman Trophy since BYU’s Ty Detmer did so in 1990.
Ridder’s average odds are +7500, so it’s fair to say that the odds plus history are against the Cincinnati quarterback.
|Season||Heisman Trophy Winner||School||Position||No. Of Points Received|
|2020||DeVonta Smith||Alabama||Wide Receiver||1,856|
|2015||Derrick Henry||Alabama||Running Back||1,832|
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State||Quarterback||2,205|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||Quarterback||2,029|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor||Quarterback||1,687|
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