The Heisman Trophy race for the 2021-22 college football season continues to tighten after three weeks of action. Last weekend’s games only confused the issue a bit more, with risers and fallers in the odds due to the action.
We have all the info for you with the Week 4 Heisman Trophy odds tracker as we take a look at the favorites, long shots, and value plays. By this point in the college football season of past years, Heisman Trophy candidates were already beginning to stand out and make it tough for anyone else to enter the picture.
But the surprising nature of the 2021-22 college football season has also affected the Heisman race. As a result, it’s as wide open after three weeks as perhaps any other year in history.
To help you make sense of it all, we’re checking on the Heisman Trophy odds heading into Week 4 of the season. We’ll tell you about the favorites, along with talking about those rising and those falling in the chase for the ultimate individual award in college football.
In addition, we’ll look at some long shots worth considering when it comes to the most recent odds. It should give you a good idea of where you stand with Heisman Trophy futures bets at online sportsbook BetOnline.
The big news this week is that Corral surpassed his fellow SEC quarterback Bryce Young of Alabama to take over the top spot in the Heisman race. A monster game against Tulane was the impetus for that, as the Rebels rang up 61 points and Corral was responsible for a lot of them.
When all was said and done, he passed for 335 and three scores and ran for 54 yards and four more touchdowns. Seven-touchdown games are never going to hurt your chances, especially when you consider it came against a Tulane team that didn’t let another Heisman candidate, Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, go off in the same manner.
We still haven’t seen Corral against a Top 25-type squad, so that will be when his candidacy either goes into overdrive or starts to sputter. After a week off, he’ll square off with Bryce Young in what could be the most crucial game of the Heisman odds season.
The nature of the Tide’s win at Florida knocked Young down a peg this week in the Heisman odds, even though he really played well. Florida dominated the second half of the game, mostly because of how they surprisingly controlled the ball against the Tide defense.
But if it weren’t for Young’s three early touchdown passes, the game likely would have gone to the Gators. It’s hard to argue against Young’s 10 to 0 touchdown-to-interception rate through three games, with two coming against Top 25 competition.
The fact that he isn’t running the ball much, something he was expected to do, is hurting his chances at the moment. But all of that is secondary to what he does when matched up with current Heisman favorite Matt Corral and Ole Miss in two weeks’ time.
Rattler is a somewhat distant third in the odds behind Corral and Young, but he’s also well ahead for third of everyone behind him. That’s not a bad spot to be in, considering that Corral and Young face each other in two weeks.
If Rattler doesn’t falter, he should be in a good spot to rise into a nice, stalking position behind the leader. But the truth remains that, In two of Rattler’s three games so far, his stats have been less than stellar.
Against rival Nebraska on Saturday, big plays were hard to come by. But the bottom line is that the Sooners remain unbeaten and in a spot where the College Football Playoffs are well within their grasp, which means that Rattler likely won’t be going anywhere in this race.
Stroud was overshadowed by running back TreVeyon Henderson in the Buckeyes harder-than-expected win over Tulsa on Saturday afternoon. While he’s still in the Top 5, the margin for error is slimming, as more and more pieces are written about Ohio State’s disappointing start.
Since it’s likely that a lot of those folks writing those articles will be voting for the Heisman, it’s not a good look for Stroud’s chances. It’s also a bit worrisome that he has thrown an interception in each of his three games.
And there’s the fact that his best performance of the season came in a game that the Buckeyes lost, which is not a positive if you voting as the Heisman as the most valuable player. In other words, Stroud needs to turn it back around quickly to get his momentum back.
Ridder’s stats weren’t overwhelming in the win on Saturday at Indiana, as he completed just 55 percent of his passes with one interception to go along with touchdown. He also ran for 45 yards and a score as the Bearcats won a back-and-forth battle.
But the key factor is that it was a victory, and that kept Cincy in the chase for a possible playoff spot. The minute that they fall out of contention is probably the minute that Ridder’s Heisman hopes go down the tubes.
That’s why his next game will be his biggest in that quest. Ridder and the rest of the Bearcats travel to South Bend in two weeks to take on Notre Dame in their, and his, biggest game of the season.
Verdell dropped out of the top 5 from last week, but really through no fault of his own. Oregon, after struggling a bit, unsurprisingly had no problems dispatching Stony Brook in a huge mismatch.
As a result, Verdell’s services weren’t really required, as he ended with just 15 total touches, 88 yards and one touchdown. But that game illustrates why running backs are at a disadvantage to quarterbacks, as they are game-script dependent.
Still, Verdell’s performance two weeks ago in the upset win over Ohio State should loom large enough to keep him in the chase. But he can’t afford too many games with low numbers if he wants to stay in the overall mix.
The Tigers’ sudden offensive drought is one of the great mysteries of the early part of the college football season. And Uiagelelei’s struggles have been a big part of the issue.
Through three games, he has just a single touchdown pass against two interceptions. And he still hasn’t thrown for 200 yards in a game, let alone 300, meaning that is absolutely getting left behind when it comes to statistical comparison to the top quarterbacks.
If Uigalelei didn’t come into the season with such high hopes and hype, he wouldn’t be anywhere on the Heisman odds board with the numbers he’s posted. But it’s looking more and more unlikely that he’ll be in the mix at the end of the year.
Last week we had Robinson as one of the bubbling under value plays thanks to his status as the prime running back for the #1 team in the nation. But it’s looking less and less likely as if that is going to be enough to sustain his bid.
He actually enjoyed his best statistical game of the year against Florida, with 78 yards and a touchdown on the ground coupled with a 7-yard touchdown catch. But it just doesn’t look like the Tide sees him as a bell-cow type.
Robinson is averaging barely a dozen carries per game through the Tide’s 3-0 start. That’s just not enough for him to do enough damage, especially since his between-the-tackles strengths doesn’t allow for many big plays.
Howell has pulled his Heisman campaign out of the doldrums after the nightmarish Week 1 loss to Virginia Tech. A wild shootout victory on Saturday against Virginia certainly pumped new life into his chances.
What’s been notable is how Howell has become a huge running threat this year. Saturday marked his second straight 100-yard rushing game. Up to this point in his career, he had never run for more than 53 yards in a single game.
Having that kind of dual-threat impact can bolster his chances, because we already know that he can roll up the passing stats. But Howell needs to keep ramping it up week after week to prevent dipping back down the list.
The nation’s most heralded freshman showed flashes in the first two weeks for Ohio State. All the training wheels came off in the game last week against Tulsa, and the results were breathtaking.
Henderson tore through the Tulsa defense with big play after play, ending with 277 yards rushing and three touchdowns. It was the kind of electrifying performance of which Heismans are made.
Obviously, Henderson is playing a bit of catchup in the Heisman race against favorites who have more experience. But it’s just a matter of time before he receives even more national attention, especially if he can do what he did on Saturday once the Big Ten action really heats up.
The Wake Forest transfer served notice in the opening game of the year when he took the first play from scrimmage for a long running touchdown. Walker hasn’t slowed down since as he has helped the Spartans out to a 3-0 start as one of the rejuvenated programs in the Big Ten.
After another monster game against Miami (FLA), Walker is averaging over 164 yards per game in the first three. Against the two Power Five schools on the schedule, that number jumps to 216.
Walker showed what he could do last season with 13 rushing touchdowns in just 7 games for Wake Forest. It turns out his talent has travelled quite well, and he has outside hopes for the Heisman as a result.
To this point in the season, you could argue Penn State has posted the most impressive three wins in the nation. They beat a pair of Top 25 Power 5 schools and the team that was predicted to win the MAC in the preseason.
Clifford might not put up the numbers of some of the other quarterbacks on the list. But as long as he keeps guiding his team to big wins, he has a shot.
Now in his third year as a starter, Clifford has truly seen his share of ups and downs. All of that could play into his long-shot Heisman narrative, as a guy who rises to the occasion for one grand final season at the helm.
There’s another Tagavailoa in college football, and he is proving that he is worthy bearer of the family name. Taulia is leading the Terrapins so far in their 3-0 start, with two of their victories already coming against Power 5 teams.
The numbers are certainly there, as Tagavailoa has hurled for over 318 yards passing per game so far. And he has done it while keeping the ball in the right hands, as he racked up seven touchdown passes without a pick.
Maryland is loaded with excellent receivers, so this is a team that a dynamic quarterback can certainly enjoy. Let’s see if he can keep it up when the competition gets a little tougher and continue to make brother Tua proud.
Saturday’s victory against Kent State was the first game that McCall’s completion percentage was under 80 percent this year. He did throw for a season-high three touchdowns in that game, although he also tossed his first pick.
One area where McCall has dropped off a bit is with his running. He has only managed 52 yards through three game at under three yards a pop, numbers that are going to have to rise drastically if he’s going to have any hopes.
From here on out, McCall’s stats are going to have to be out of this world, considering he won’t have any more Power 5 games to get the spotlight. Even so, it probably won’t happen, but 100 to 1 odds are enticing nonetheless.
You can make the argument that Dotson has been the most impressive wide receiver in the nation to this point. He’s averaging over 81 yards per game and has picked up a touchdown in every contest.
But it’s not the numbers that should earn him consideration. It’s more the fact that he has done it in crucial moments in huge, close wins over Wisconsin and Auburn.
Dotson even completed a pass on Saturday to give just a little more oomph to his chances. He’ll need to continue rising to the occasion when PSU faces the top teams in what’s looking like a very deep Big Ten conference.
Check back next week to see what Week 4’s college football does to the 2021 Heisman Trophy odds. It’s a race that futures bettors will be watching very closely for sure.
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