Top favorites to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy at the start of the season
The college football season has officially begun.
The Pac-12 doesn’t kick off until next weekend, but Week 0 action is upon us, so let’s take a look at the players with the best Heisman odds in the country to open the year.
Alabama’s Bryce Young is looking to become only the second player in college football history to win back-to-back Heisman awards, but he has some serious competition even on his own team. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud opens the year as the favorite to win the award, but he’s also joined by an Ohio State running back and an Ohio State wide receiver near the top of the leaderboard. Could that be beneficial for a guy like Caleb Williams, USC’s quarterback who opens the season with the third-best odds of winning the award.
Here are the top 12 player odds, followed by a slew of Pac-12-relevant player odds listed over at FanDuel:
- QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State +200
- QB Bryce Young, Alabama +400
- QB Caleb Williams, USC +600
- QB DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson +2500
- QB Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma +3000
- OLB Will Anderson, Alabama +3000
- QB Tyler Van Dyke, Miami +4000
- RB TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State +4000
- RB Bijan Robinson, Texas +4000
- QB Quinn Ewers, Texas +5000
- WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State +5000
- RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama +5000
- QB Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss +6000
- WR Jordan Addison, USC + 8000
- QB Cameron Rising, Utah +8000
- QB Jayden Daniels, LSU +8000
- QB Bo Nix, Oregon +10000
- RB Travis Dye, USC +10000
- QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA +10000
- QB JT Daniels, West Virginia +10000
- QB Kedon Slovis, Pitt +10000
- QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington +15000
- QB Emory Jones, Arizona State +15000
- QB Tanner McKee, Stanford +15000
- QB Cameron Ward, Washington State +15000
- QB Ty Thompson, Oregon +15000
None of the last 17 players to enter the season as the preseason Heisman favorite went on to win the award. The last preseason favorite to actually win the Heisman: Matt Leinart at USC.
And with as much preseason pub as Alabama’s Will Anderson has, the reality is that this award has been dominated by quarterbacks over the last two decades; 18 of the last 22 winners were quarterbacks.
“The challenge of winning a second one, Archie Griffin’s the only one to do it. It’s really, really difficult. CJ Stroud has kind of a crowded backfield of players who might get some votes, too,” said Leinart on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff show Saturday morning. “Caleb Williams, to me, just keep an eye on him. USC, Lincoln Riley quarterbacks, the history there, the best receiver corps in the country with Mario Williams coming and Jordan Addison coming, an offense that’s going to score a lot of points. He (Williams) is a dangerous, dangerous player who’s going to be in that race at the end of the season.”
We’ll keep track of odds throughout the season as players make their push for the award.