Heisman Odds 2021: Spencer Rattler, DJ Uiagalelei, Bryce Young Favored

2021 Heisman Odds, Spencer Rattler, Bryce Young

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The 2021 Heisman Trophy race took an unexpected turn over championship weekend as Alabama’s DeVonta Smith became the odds-on favorite to win the award. In the end, the game-breaking weapon took home one of the most coveted trophies in sports.

Smith became the first wide receiver to take home the award with Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991. He also captured the 2020 National Championship with fellow Heisman chaser Mac Jones.

Now, with these 2020 Heisman Trophy finalists ready to kickstart NFL careers, a new group emerges led by Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei and Alabama’s Bryce Young.

Note: Tennessee online sports betting is now live. Featured odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook.

2021 Heisman Trophy Odds/Timeline

Note: DraftKings Sportsbook‘s Heisman odds will be used here.

Let’s take a look at how the Heisman Trophy odds stack up as we head into the summer. Considering the odds change frequently, attacking it in a timeline manner is the only sensical way to approach the Heisman Trophy odds.

July 6, 2021:

PlayerOdds
Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma)+550
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson)+600
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)+800
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State)+1000
JT Daniels (QB, Georgia)+1200
Sam Howell (QB, UNC)+1700
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss)+2000
D’Eriq King (QB, Miami)+2000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas)+2000
Kedon Slovis (QB, USC)+2500
Emory Jones (QB, Florida)+3300
Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati)+3300
Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State)+4000
Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State)+4000
Casey Thompson (QB, Texas)+4000
Malik Willis (QB, Liberty)+4000
Tank Bigsby (RB, Auburn)+5000
Max Borghi (RB, Washington State)+5000
British Brooks (RB, North Carolina)+5000
Malik Cunningham (QB, Louisville)+5000
Dillon Gabriel (QB, UCF)+5000
Hendon Hooker (QB, VA Tech)+5000
Marcus Major (RB, Oklahoma)+5000
Jack Miller III (Ohio State, QB)+5000
Bo Nix (QB, Auburn)+5000
Michael Penix Jr. (QB, Indiana)+5000
Brock Purdy (QB, Iowa State)+5000
Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State)+5000
Isaiah Spiller (RB, Texas A&M)+5000
Master Teague (RB, Ohio State)+5000
Mohamed Ibrahim (RB, Minnesota)+6600
Max Johnson (QB, LSU)+6600
Jase McLellan (RB, Alabama)+6600

May 2021:

PlayerOdds
Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma)+550
DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson)+600
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)+800
Sam Howell (QB, UNC)+1700
D’Eriq King (QB, Miami)+2000
Bijan Robinson (RB, Texas)+2000
JT Daniels (QB, Georgia)+2000
Kedon Slovis (QB, USC)+2500
Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State)+3300
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State)+3300
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss)+3300
Breece Hall (RB, Iowa State)+4000
Casey Thompson (QB, Texas)+5000
Tank Bigsby (RB, Auburn)+5000
Max Borghi (RB, Washington State)+5000
British Brooks (RB, North Carolina)+5000
Malik Cunningham (QB, Louisville)+5000
Dillon Gabriel (QB, UCF)+5000
Hendon Hooker (QB, VA Tech)+5000
Marcus Major (RB, Oklahoma)+5000
Jack Miller III (Ohio State, QB)+5000
Bo Nix (QB, Auburn)+5000
Brock Purdy (QB, Iowa State)+5000
Desmond Ridder (QB, Cincinnati)+5000
Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State)+5000

January 2021

PlayerOdds
Spencer Rattler+300
Bryce Young+400
D.J. Uiagalelei+650
Sam Howell+800
D’Eriq King+1200
JT Daniels+1800
Jayden Daniels+2000
Kedon Slovis+2000
Jack Miller III+2500
Bijan Robinson+2500
Breece Hall+3300
Jase McClellan+3300
Isaiah Spiller+3300
Tank Bigsby+4000
Master Teague+4000
Max Borghi+5000
British Brooks+5000
Matt Corral+5000
Malik Cunningham+5000
Dillion Gabriel+5000
Hendon Hooker+5000
Mohamed Ibrahim+5000
Max Johnson+5000
Emory Jones+5000
Marcus Major+5000
Kendall Milton+5000
Bo Nix+5000
Desmond Ridder+5000
Spencer Sanders+5000
Tyler Shough+5000
Casey Thompson+5000
Connor Bazelak+8000
Lyn-J Dixon+8000
John Metchie+8000
Harrison Bailey+10000
Carson Beck+10000
Jalen Berger+10000
Slade Bolden+10000
Keyshon Boutte+10000
Leddie Brown+10000
Treylon Burks+10000
Jay Butterfield+10000
Zach Charbonnet+10000
Sean Clifford+10000
James Cook+10000
TJ Finley+10000
Devyn Ford+10000
Jerome Ford+10000
Khalil Herbert+10000
Xavier Hutchinson+10000
KJ Jefferson+10000
Joe Milton+10000
Chris Olave+10000
Michael Penix Jr+10000
George Pickens+10000
Brock Purdy+10000
Will Rogers+10000
CJ Verdell+10000
Zamir White+10000
E.J Williams+10000
Kyren Williams+10000
Roydell Williams+10000
Garrett Wilson+10000
Javon Baker+15000
Thaiu Bell-Jones+15000
Melvin Billingsley+15000
Hudson Card+15000
Steele Chambers+15000
Donald Chaney Jr+15000
Malik Davis+15000
Jarrett Doege+15000
Max Duggan+15000
Jerrion Ealy+15000
Tyler Goodson+15000
Cam’Ron Harris+15000
Xzavier Henderson+15000
Kearis Jackson+15000
Jo’quavious Marks+15000
Adrian Martinez+15000
Luke McCaffrey+15000
Seth McGowan+15000
Cade McNamara+15000
Graham Mertz+15000
Tanner Morgan+15000
Justin Shorter+15000
Drake Stoops+15000
Taulia Tagovailoa+15000
Kayvon Thibodeaux+15000
Dorian Thompson Robinson+15000
Grant Wells+15000
Dee Wiggins+15000
Ronnie Bell+20000
Brendon Clark+20000
Jacob Copeland+20000
Sean Dollars+20000
Traeshon Holden+20000
Spencer Petras+20000
Mycah Pittman+20000
Charleston Rambo+20000
Stevie Scott III+20000
John Rhys Plumlee+25000
Jeremy Ruckert+25000
Noah Sewell+25000
Theo Wease+25000

Heisman Trophy 2021 Favorites

Spencer Rattler +550 (QB, Oklahoma)

Whether or not you have confidence in Spencer Rattler matters very little to the kid himself. The young Sooner quarterback recently dangled a strong message prior to the 2021 college football season.

https://twitter.com/SpencerRattler/status/1397983430747459586

Rattler, 20, threw for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions over the course of 11 games in 2020—his first as the team’s full-time starting quarterback. The Phoenix, AZ native enters the 2021 season as the odds-on favorite to capture the Heisman Trophy.

DJ Uiagalelei +600 (QB, Clemson)

No Trevor Lawrence, no problem. (Well, at least for the most part.) When stud Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed a couple of November games this past season, young DJ Uiagalelei stepped right in and impressed.

Throwing for 914 yards and five touchdowns to no interceptions, Uiagelelei did his part in the two starts he made. Unfortunately, he lost the Notre Dame game in South Bend, IN, but it wasn’t because of the quarterback.

Uiagelelei is currently +600 to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy.

Bryce Young +800 (QB, Alabama)

Bryce Young enjoyed a nice freshman season. The Pasadena, CA native watched Mac Jones help DeVonta Smith capture the Heisman Trophy during another Alabama National Championship year.

With Jones in New England with the Patriots, it’s now Young’s team. The overwhelming consensus is that the kid is more than ready to take over as the on-field leader for Nick Saban. The oddsmakers agree, placing him third in the Heisman Trophy odds list at +800.

Who’s Going to Win the Heisman Trophy? –

The last two Heisman Trophy winners played in the SEC. Alabama’s DeVonta Smith and LSU’s Joe Burrow are those two southeast ballers who took the hardware home.

Never count out the Big 12, however, as the conference’s ability to put up points is undisputed. Similar to the mini-Oklahoma run in 2017 and 2018, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, quarterback Spencer Rattler is currently leading the pack at +550.

2021 Heisman Prediction

It’s tough to pick against Rattler at this moment. Granted, it’s still springtime, so a lot can change, but Rattler has everything set up for an extraordinary statistical 2021 campaign in the free-flowing Big 12.

Prediction: Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler.

How to Bet on the Heisman Trophy

The winner of the Heisman Trophy is consistently one of the top college football futures betting markets. One wonders if John Heisman, the first athletic director of the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City and namesake of the trophy, envisioned the magnitude of today’s Heisman-sports betting market back in 1935. In a betting world, the odds aren’t great on that thought.

In order to bet on the Heisman winner, follow these simple steps:

Where to Bet on the Heisman Trophy

There are plenty of legal online sportsbook options that offer Heisman Trophy betting. Here are some of the top ones:

DraftKings Sportsbook

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Past Heisman Trophy Winners

Here is a look at the past Heisman Trophy winners, dating back to the 2000 season.

Winners by school:  Oklahoma (4),  Alabama (3), Florida State (2), USC (3), Nebraska (1), Ohio State (1), Florida (1), Baylor. (1), Oregon (1), LSU (1), Auburn (1), Texas A&M (1), Louisville (1)

Winners by position: quarterback (17), running back (3)

PlayerPositionSchool
DeVonta SmithWRAlabama
Joe BurrowQBLSU
Kyler MurrayQBOklahoma
Baker MayfieldQBOklahoma
Lamar JacksonQBLouisville
Derrick HenryRBAlabama
Marcus MariotaQBOregon
Jameis WinstonQBFlorida State
Johnny ManzielQBTexas A&M
Robert Griffin IIIQBBaylor
Cam NewtonQBAuburn
Mark IngramRBAlabama
Sam BradfordQBOklahoma
Tim TebowQBFlorida
Troy SmithQBOhio State
Reggie BushRBUSC (vacated)
Matt LeinartQBUSC
Jason WhiteQBOklahoma
Carson PalmerQBUSC
Eric CrouchQBNebraska
Chris WeinkeQBFlorida State

Heisman Betting History

A look at the recent Heisman Trophy winners, as well as their opening and closing odds.

YearPlayerPositionSchoolOpening OddsClosing Odds
2019Joe BurrowQBLSU+20000-12500
2018Kyler MurrayQBOklahoma+2000+700
2017Baker MayfieldQBOklahoma+700-1800
2016Lamar JacksonQBLouisville+10000-1345
2015Derrick HenryRBAlabama+2500-465
2014Marcus MariotaQBOregon+500-1500

Heisman Betting Strategy

The Heisman Trophy race is often misunderstood by the general betting public. The general public still views Heisman candidates in the same way that political parties view their candidates — through the lens of electability. Or, in the case of the Heisman, viability. Conventional wisdom dictates that you have to be an established player from an established and powerful program to even entertain the notion that you could be enshrined as one of the game’s greats.

The preseason Heisman odds going into the 2019 college football season offer us an important example. Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa entered the 2019 season as co-favorites to hoist the trophy at 3:1 odds. They had just played against each other in the national title game and were the faces of the two most dominant programs in the sport. To casual fans, it was a no-brainer for them to share the spotlight as preseason Heisman favorites. But to savvy veterans of the sports gambling space, the only thing noteworthy about two players separating themselves from the pack over the summer was that it inflated odds for everyone else.

To put it bluntly, the prevailing wisdom surrounding Heisman odds is wrong and that disconnect is born out in the final Heisman voting year after year. Only one preseason Heisman favorite has gone “wire-to-wire” since 2000. All it took from Marcus Mariota (9:2 preseason odds) was a near-flawless season (TD-INT Ratio 42:4) and a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff. In contrast to Mariota’s favorite-to-recipient feat, is the fact that eight of the past 10 Heisman winners weren’t considered Top 10 candidates in the preseason by oddsmakers. Joe Burrow (40:1), Kyler Murray (30:1), Lamar Jackson (100:1) and Derrick Henry (25:1) represent a new wave of Heisman profitability for sports gamblers. And after a run of one-year wonders who took home the hardware as preseason “FIELD” bets (Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston) in the early 2010s, sportsbooks finally started to post more comprehensive preseason lists. The average offering has essentially doubled from the 20-25 player range in 2010 to a 35-40 range in 2019.

Heisman longshots have proven to be incredibly profitable in the past 10 years, but their odds quickly come down to earth once the general public has seen them play. The Heisman winners over the 2015-2019 seasons saw their preseason odds fall by an average of 68% from the preseason through Week 3.

heisman odds 2015-2019

This illustrates that for a gambler to capture worthwhile value, they often need to have skin in the game before the season starts.

The start of the 2020 season offered a similar situation as our 2019 example. Neither Lawrence nor Tagovailoa were Heisman finalists in 2019, but that didn’t stop oddsmakers from setting up the 2020 preseason Heisman odds in nearly identical fashion. Lawrence was joined by Justin Fields as a co-favorite falling in the 4:1 to 9:2 range. And as we now know, of course, neither Lawrence or Fields are expected to win the trophy.

Hedging Strategies When Betting The Heisman

Hedging is when a gambler places a bet on the opposite side of their original wager in order to reduce losses or to guarantee a profit. Despite the simplicity of the tactic, casual gamblers often fail to consider hedging opportunities. For small-stakes gamblers, in-game hedging might not be worth their time, but that isn’t true of futures betting. Even small wagers can net huge returns and are worthy of thoughtful hedge strategies.

Season-long futures for individual players and teams present a host of hedge opportunities, some clear and others more convoluted. As shown above, pundits and the public are awful at predicting who will end up as a Heisman finalist. In fact, four of the five Heisman presentations between 2015-2019 have included at least 1 finalist who entered the season as a 100:1 longshot or higher. Simply having a finalist with long odds can guarantee you money by properly hedging is a game-changer for most casual bettors.

If you were fortunate enough to place a bet on Joe Burrow before Week 3 of the 2019 season, you had a ticket paying out between 40:1 and 200:1 on the Bayou Bengal. Even if you had waited until the end of the regular season to hedge, the 3 other eventual finalists all presented decent value and insurance with Fields (6:1), Jalen Hurts (17:1), Chase Young (100:1) all offering handsome payouts.

While it appeared that Burrow was a “lock” by Week 13 during the 2019 season, this same hedge strategy would have saved Tagovailoa bettors the year prior. The Crimson Tide signal-caller was listed as a -900 favorite during Week 13 but would be overtaken by Kyler Murray just two weeks later. If you had spread out your risk by betting the likely finalists in Week 13 (Murray+600, Dwayne Haskins+6000, Will Grier+1100) you would have turned a gambling heartbreak into a decent payday.

If you are making preseason Heisman bets, targeting longshots with the potential to become finalists instead of winners is one way that you can turn an all-or-nothing proposition into a less volatile and more profitable long-term strategy. This brings into play running backs, wide receivers and defensive players that you might not have considered at all in previous seasons.

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