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College Football: Heisman Odds After Week 7

After seven weeks of the college football season, we are truly seeing which teams are contenders and which teams are pretenders. The top five in the Heisman voting have stayed the same, but compared to last week, the gap is getting bigger between the top two and the rest of the pack. Things are getting exciting as we are halfway through the season, with more and more on the line for the top players in college football each week.

Heisman Odds – Preseason

Current 2021 Heisman Trophy Winner Odds

PlayerTeamOdds
Bryce YoungAlabama Crimson Tide+180
Matt CorralOle Miss Rebels+190
CJ StroudOhio State Buckeyes+900
Kenneth Walker IIIMichigan State Spartans+1,800
Desmond RidderCincinnati Bearcats+2,000

We are officially more than halfway through the college football regular season. The top two for the Heisman candidates have not changed in a few weeks now, but the gap between them and the rest of the pack has widened. Let’s take a look at what each of these athletes did in week seven to deserve their place among the top five Heisman candidates.

Bryce Young – Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama might have dropped to number five in the rankings, but they are still dominating opponents as they have in every other week. This week they defeated Mississippi State by a score of 49-9. Let’s take a look at what the leading Heisman candidate did in this week’s blowout. It was just another week in the office for Alabama’s sophomore quarterback Bryce Young. Young completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 348 yards and four touchdowns while not throwing a single interception. Young was sacked twice, but in all honesty that is not completely on him, as his offensive line needs to protect him as well.

Alabama has a home game this week as they take on the Volunteers of Tennesee Saturday night.

Oct 16, 2021; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) reacts after a touchdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Corral – Ole Miss Rebels

Matt Corral led the Rebels to a five-point victory over Tennesee in week seven. It took all four quarters, but they got the job done. Corrall completed 21 of 38 pass attempts for 231 yards while completing two touchdown passes and one interception.

Corral and the Ole Miss Rebels travel to Baton Rouge to take on the LSU Tigers Saturday afternoon.

CJ Stroud – Ohio State Buckeyes

CJ Stroud and the Ohio State had a bye week in week seven.

Stroud and the Buckeyes travel to Indiana this weekend to take on the Hoosiers.

Kenneth Walker III – Michigan State Spartans

The lone non-quarterback in the top five. Kenneth Walker and the Spartans went to Indiana last weekend and defeated the Hoosiers, 20-15. Despite the Spartans coming out victorious, Walker didn’t do much offensively in week seven. He had 23 carries for 84 yards with no touchdowns and no fumbles.

Walker and the Spartans have a bye week before they host the Michigan Wolverines on October 30.

Oct 16, 2021; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Kenneth Walker III (9) is tackled by Indiana Hoosiers defensive back Noah Pierre (21) during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Spartans win 20-15. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati Bearcats

After their big victory and an Iowa loss, the Bearcats are now number two in the country behind the Georgia Bulldogs. Ridder led the Bearcats to a 56-21 victory over UCF last weekend. Desmond Ridder did play well but didn’t put up the numbers that you would expect after his team put up 56 points. Ridder completed 13 of 23 pass attempts for 140 yards and one touchdown pass while not throwing any interceptions.

Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) throws for a first down to Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Tyler Scott (21) in the first half of the NCAA football game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the UCF Knights on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati. Ucf Knights At Cincinnati Bearcats 141

Ridder and the number two Bearcats are on the road this week to take on the ever pesky Navy Midshipmen Saturday afternoon.

Looking Ahead at Week Eight

Desmond Ridder, despite being on the number two ranked team in the nation cannot even come close to the top to contenders. It’s really a race between Bryce Young and Matt Corral at this point, with it being anyone’s trophy at this point. At this point in the season, I don’t even have a guess as to which player will take home the hardware, it’s really going to come down to one bad week for one of these athletes for the other to take advantage and jump ahead. We have six more weeks to see how this plays out.

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