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Heisman Odds: Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler Leads Early Projections

The 2020-21 campaign was a different one, with conferences starting late, seasons shortened and teams having to combat the coronavirus. Ultimately, it was the Alabama Crimson Tide who won the national championship while their WR DeVonta Smith became the first receiver in nearly 20 years to win the Heisman Trophy.

However, looking at the 2021 Heisman odds, it appears that quarterbacks are back in the driver’s seat to win the coveted award again with Oklahoma signal-caller Spencer Rattler listed as the early favorite. 

Online sportsbook BetOnline has released its early 2021 Heisman odds and has Rattler leading the pack at +300. He’s followed by Bryce Young at +550, JT Daniels at +700, D.J. Uiagalelei at +800 and Sam Howell at +800 to round out the top five names on the oddsboard.

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2021 Heisman Odds

Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)+300
Bryce Young (Alabama)+550
JT Daniels (Georgia)+700
D.J. Uiagalelei (Clemson)+800
Sam Howell (North Carolina)+800
D’Eriq King (Miami)+1600
Kedon Slovis (USC)+1800
Bijan Robinson (Texas)+2000
Matt Corral (Ole Miss)+2000
Breece Hall (Iowa State)+2500
Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA)+2800
Jayden Daniels (Arizona State)+2800
Brock Purdy (Iowa State)+3300
CJ Stroud (Ohio State)+3300
Emory Jones (Florida)+3300
Graham Mertz (Wisconsin)+3300

Odds as of January 12 at BetOnline

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Rattler Poised To Be Next Oklahoma Heisman Winner

Two of the last four Heisman Trophy winners have been Oklahoma quarterbacks, with Baker Mayfield earning the award in 2017 and Kyler Murray duplicating that feat the following season. Now sophomore signal-caller Spencer Rattler appears to be the next to carry the torch.

Oklahoma missed the College Football Playoff in the 2020-21 season mostly because it lost its first two games in the Big 12 schedule, but the Sooners rebounded to win a sixth straight Big 12 championship and finish with a 9-2 record. Despite what might be considered a disappointing season since they weren’t selected for the CFP, Rattler’s first campaign was a strong one. 

He completed the year with 3,031 passing yards, throwing 28 touchdown passes to seven interceptions, with three of those picks coming in his first Big 12 start in a losing effort vs Kansas State. Rattler added 160 rushing yards with six majors on the ground.

With another full year of development, growth and maturity, the sky’s the limit for Rattler, especially with the likes of Mac Jones, Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence all leaving for the NFL.

Outside Of Rattler, Who Is The Heisman Odds Value Pick?

There is one name that really stands out to me at this point outside of Rattler and that is Clemson sophomore QB D.J. Uiagalelei at +800.

Uiagalelei was the No. 2 recruit of the 2020 class, one spot behind Bryce Young, who went to Alabama and is expected to be the starter with the Tide this season and thus is second in the 2021 Heisman odds. I like Uiagalelei’s odds better as we’ve seen him in a high-pressure situation, having already started two games this past season when Trevor Lawrence was out after testing positive for COVID-19.

He went toe to toe with Notre Dame’s Ian Book, throwing for 439 yards with two touchdowns in a 47-40 double-overtime loss a week after he threw for 342 yards and two majors in a winning effort vs Boston College. At +800, Uiagalelei is definitely an intriguing play.

Heisman Trophy Historical Odds

By now, everyone is aware that LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy in 2019 and was selected first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL draft. But did you know his odds to win the award prior to the start of the season were +4000?

That’s the best part of betting on this prop. Players can be huge underdogs before the season starts and emerge from nowhere to take the spotlight. At some sportsbooks, Burrow wasn’t even listed as a Heisman candidate until after LSU’s second game.

Here at Odds Shark, we have compiled the opening and closing odds for every Heisman winner dating back to 2009, when Alabama’s Mark Ingram took home the hardware. These odds are courtesy of sportsoddshistory.com.

Here are the opening/closing betting odds along with the preseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy since 2009:

Heisman Trophy Odds History
YearWinnerPreseason OddsClosing OddsPreseason Favorite (Odds)
2020DeVonta Smith+6600-200Justin Fields (+450)
2019Joe Burrow+4000-12500Tua Tagovailoa (+250)
2018Kyler Murray+3000+700Tua Tagovailoa (+400)
2017Baker Mayfield+700-1800Sam Darnold (+500)
2016Lamar Jackson+10000-1350Deshaun Watson (+450)
2015Derrick Henry+2500-465Trevone Boykin (+650)
2014Marcus Mariota+425-1500Marcus Mariota (+425)
2013Jameis Winston+600-15000Teddy Bridgewater (+450)
2012Johnny ManzielN/A-1000Matt Barkley (+300)
2011Robert Griffin III+2800-1000Andrew Luck (+325)
2010Cam NewtonN/A-450Mark Ingram (+450)
2009Mark IngramN/A-250Tim Tebow (+225)

Making a Futures Bet

A futures bet is a wager made on events or milestones that will happen in time. The Heisman bet is a form of futures betting because you are making a pick based on an outcome determined at the end of NCAA football season. The trophy is given out in mid-December and if you want to get a bigger payout, it’s best to lock in your bets sooner rather than later so you can take advantage of better odds. The closer it gets to Heisman voting, the more the odds will change.

How to Read Heisman Trophy Odds

The above chart features the odds for each top player in college football. At your sportsbook of choice, the betting lines would look something like this:

Spencer Rattler +300

Bryce Young +550

D'Eriq King +1600

This means that Rattler is the favorite since he has the lowest odds and the highest chance of winning the prop, according to oddsmakers. If you were to bet $100 on Rattler and he won, you would get a payout of $400 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $300.

On the other hand, if you strongly believe that D'Eriq King is going to outdo himself at Miami and give the performance of a lifetime, a winning $100 bet on him would yield $1,700 – your $100 comes back along with your prize of $1,600.

Our Odds Calculator will show you how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

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