Oregon quarterback Dillon Gabriel opened as one of the early favorites to win the Heisman Trophy in 2024.

Early odds released from FanDuel this week gave Gabriel (+1100) the fourth-best odds to win the coveted award in his first year with the program. But he wasn’t the only Duck passer with Heisman odds. Dante Moore, a transfer from UCLA and Gabriel’s expected backup next season, opened with better odds (+6000) than Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders (+7000) and Utah’s Cameron Rising (+7500) to win the award.

After Bo Nix turned in a record-breaking campaign in 2023 to become a Heisman finalist, the quarterback job at Oregon is looking like one of the most attractive in the sport.

Under Kenny Dillingham and then Will Stein this season, the Ducks have lit up scoreboards week after week. The system produces huge numbers, and we saw Nix excel this fall with Stein calling the shots.

With one game left to play in the 2023 season, Nix ranks second in the country with 4,508 passing yards and leads all FBS quarterbacks with 45 passing touchdowns.

Gabriel threw for 3,660 yards and 30 touchdowns in 12 games for Oklahoma this season. He’ll spend his final year of college eligibility in Eugene, and the hope is he can help the Ducks to a conference title in their first season in the Big Ten.

Moore, obviously, inspires a ton of excitement beyond the 2024 season. He was originally committed to Oregon in the 2023 class, but flipped late and signed with UCLA. He started as a true freshman throughout a rocky season for the Bruins and then entered the transfer portal with an intent to land at a program that would develop him as a player.

After Gabriel, the Ducks appear likely to turn things over to either Moore or 4-star 2023 signee Austin Novosad.

Since the opening odds were posted from FanDuel, Gabriel’s number has moved to +1000.

The top odds (at opening) are below:

  1. Quinn Ewers, Texas — +750
  2. Jalen Milroe, Alabama — +750
  3. Carson Beck, Georgia — +850
  4. Dillon Gabriel, Oregon — +1100
  5. Conner Weigman, Texas A&M — +1700
  6. Will Howard, Ohio State — +1900
  7. JJ McCarthy, Michigan — +1900
  8. Jackson Arnold, Oklahoma — +2000
  9. Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss — +2100
  10. Garrett Nussmeier, LSU — +2200
  11. Cade Klubnik, Clemson — +2400
  12. Riley Leonard, Notre Dame — +2400
  13. D.J. Uiagalelei, Florida State — +2500
  14. Will Rogers, Washington — +3100
  15. Drew Allar, Penn State — +3300
  16. Devin Brown, Ohio State — +4300
  17. Noah Fifita, Arizona — +4600
  18. Jalon Daniels, Kansas — +5000
  19. Dante Moore, Oregon — +6000
  20. Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona — +6500