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Feb 28, 2022

2022 Heisman Trophy Opening Odds, Contenders

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young is currently favored to repeat by the early Heisman Trophy futures odds. However, only one player has won the Heisman Trophy twice, and preseason favorites do not have a good track record. There isn’t a lot of value in C.J. Stroud either despite his impressive 2021 performance.

2022 Heisman Trophy Betting Odds

  • Bryce Young +250
  • C.J. Stroud +400
  • Caleb Williams +800
  • Bijan Robinson +1600
  • Quinn Ewers +2000
  • TreVeyon Henderson +2000
  • D.J. Uiagalelei +2000
  • Anthony Richardson +2000
  • J.T. Daniels +2500
  • Kedon Slovis +2500
  • Jaxson Dart +2500
  • Tyler Van Dyke +2500
  • All Other Players +3000 or More

Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change

Too much credit is being given to Bijan Robinson and Quinn Ewers. Robinson and Ewers are among the top Heisman Trophy contenders per the oddsmakers, but Texas went just 5-7 under Steve Sarkisian last year. Sarkisian is bringing back his coaching staff, and the Longhorns are projected to rank 20th in Offensive SP+ this season. That isn’t worthy of Robinson and Ewers being 20-1 or less.

The best value on the board early in the offseason was Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson. Shortly after the national championship was decided, Henderson opened with odds of 65-1 to win the Heisman Trophy. Those odds have significantly dropped as Henderson is clearly the top back in Columbus after averaging 6.8 YPC as a freshman. He has an outside chance of surpassing 2,000 rushing yards and could be the first running back to win the Heisman Trophy since Derrick Henry.

There isn’t much value in the quarterbacks that are 20-1 or 25-1. One or two of these players may emerge over the course of the season, but its hard to feel confident in the chances of any of them. D.J. Uiagalelei was pretty mediocre throughout the 2021 campaign for Clemson, and Anthony Richardson still needs a lot of seasoning after throwing just 64 passes last season.

A longshot to keep an eye on is Jahmyr Gibbs. The former Georgia Tech standout running back was 85-1 to win the Heisman Trophy earlier this offseason, but he is now 40-1 as he is expected to be the No. 1 back in Alabama. Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram Jr. have won this award as running backs for the Crimson Tide in recent years, so Gibbs still has some value at this price.

If you’re really looking to roll the dice, Max Johnson at 100-1 to win the Heisman Trophy has good value. Johnson transferred from LSU to Texas A&M this offseason, and he will compete with Haynes King for the starting job. Jimbo Fisher is known as a quarterback guru, and the Aggies will be a serious contender for the national championship.

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