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Way Too Early 2022 Heisman Trophy Odds

  • Bryce Young was a favorite throughout most of 2021.
  • Can Young become just the second player to ever win back to back Heisman Trophies?
  • The top five for 2022 is has some familiar names from 2021

Bryce Young is looking to win the Heisman Trophy is back to back years for the first time since 1974-74 when Archie Griffin, former Ohio State running back completed the feat. Young ran away with the trophy odds in 2021, ending the season at -3,000. That means that in order to win $100 you would have to bet $3,000. Let’s take a look at the top five and see what they did in 2021.

PlayerSchoolPositionClassOdds
Bryce YoungAlabama Crimson TideQuarterbackJunior+250
CJ StroudOhio State BuckeyesQuarterbackSophomore+400
Caleb WilliamsTBDQuarterbackSophomore+800
Bijan RobinsonTexas LonghornsRunning BackJunior+1600
Quinn EwersTexas LonghornsQuarterbackFreshman (RS)+2000

Bryce Young, Alabama Crimson Tide

What did Bryce Young do in 2021? Oh, just win a Heisman Trophy and lead his team to a National Championship game. Despite not coming out on top in the National Championship, Young played like a champion the entire season.

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) drops back to throw against the Georgia Bulldogs during the third quarter of the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) drops back to throw against the Georgia Bulldogs during the third quarter of the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Young completed 366 of 547 pass attempts for 4,872 yards while throwing 47 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions for the entire season.

CJ Stroud, Ohio State Buckeyes

There were times in 2021 that the Nation and oddsmakers thought that CJ Stroud was going to overtake Bryce Young and win the Heisman Trophy. While that ultimately didn’t come to fruition, Stroud still had an amazing freshman season.

Apr 17, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) drops to throw during the first quarter of the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) drops to throw during the first quarter of the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

CJ Stroud completed 317 of 441 pass attempts for 4,435 yards while throwing 44 touchdowns with just six interceptions last year.

Caleb Williams, TBD

Caleb Williams was another contender in the Heisman Trophy odds in 2021 but wasn’t able to put up the numbers that Stroud and Young were able to put up, despite leading the Oklahoma Sooners to a win in the Valero Alamo Bowl over the Oregon Ducks.

OU quarterback Caleb Williams waves to the crowd after the Sooners' 52-21 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 30 in Norman.

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OU quarterback Caleb Williams waves to the crowd after the Sooners’ 52-21 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 30 in Norman. jump

In 2021, Caleb Williams completed just 136 of 211 pass attempts for 1,912 yards while throwing 21 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Williams has entered the transfer portal and hasn’t decided where he will be playing in 2022.

Bijan Robinson, Texas Longhorns

Bijan Robinson is the lone running back in the top five, and the only player who isn’t a quarterback. Robinson was able to compile some good numbers despite the Longhorns struggling to win games and posting only a 5-7 record on the season.

Texas running back Bijan Robinson (5) takes the ball down the field during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

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Texas running back Bijan Robinson (5) takes the ball down the field during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Mlc Ut V Kansas 0858

Bijan Robinson rushed for 1,127 yards on 195 attempts while finding the endzone eleven times last season. In addition, Robinson also caught 26 passes for 295 yards and had four touchdowns in the air as well. Robinson could be a dual-threat for the new look Longhorns offense in 2022.

Quinn Ewers, Texas Longhorns

Quinn Ewers spent the entire 2021 season as a backup to Ohio State Buckeye’s quarterback, CJ Stroud. Ewers was able to crack the way to early Heisman Trophy rankings despite not playing a single snap in 2021.

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) throws a pass during warm-ups prior to the NCAA football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021.

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Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) throws a pass during warm-ups prior to the NCAA football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. Penn State At Ohio State Football

Ewers entered the transfer portal and is now going to lead the revamped Texas Longhorns offense along with Bijan Robinson.

Now, as much fun as this is we all know that things are going to change numerous times before the season even starts. But if nothing else this is a fun exercise to reference back to at the end of the season to see how the odds changed.

I’m Brian Handzel. I’m a huge baseball fan. On any given night you can catch me watching a game, whether it is MLB, MiLB, College, or local summer leagues. As my wife says, I’m obsessed with the game. I’m even a credentialed media member for the Syracuse Mets, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. When I’m not watching baseball I’m spending time with my wife and two children, and secretly trying to get them to enjoy the game as well.

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