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2021 Heisman Odds: Young Takes Commanding Lead

Bryce Young has taken a commanding lead in the latest 2021 Heisman odds.

In the closing stretch of the college football season, it is time to look once again at the favorites to win the Heisman. Heisman Trophy odds talks are heating up as oddsmakers consider the contenders and move the needle to reflect who the favorites on the oddsboard should be. 

Quarterbacks are back in the driver’s seat to win the coveted award again after Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith ran away with the Heisman last season. Four of the seven players remaining on the oddsboard in the latest Heisman Trophy odds are quarterbacks. 

Online sportsbook BetOnline Sportsbook has released updated 2021 Heisman odds and Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has expanded his lead, sitting at -3500 odds. Young is followed by Aidan Hutchinson (+1600), CJ Stroud (+3000), Kenny Pickett (+3000) and Matt Corral (+5000) to round out the top five.

At -3500, Young’s Heisman betting odds imply a 97.22 percent chance that he will take home the hardware this year.

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Who Are The Favorites In 2021 Heisman Trophy Betting Odds?

Odds To Win 2021 Heisman Trophy
Bryce Young (Alabama)-3500
Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan)+1600
C.J. Stroud (Ohio State)+3000
Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh)+3000
Matt Corral (Ole Miss)+5000
Will Anderson Jr. (Alabama)+5000
Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State)+10000

Odds as of December 6 at BetOnline Sportsbook

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Heisman Trophy: Favorite

Bryce Young (-3500)

Bryce Young has had a terrific season and finds himself as the heavy favorite on the oddsboard after dominating the then top-ranked team in the country, the Georgia Bulldogs, in the SEC championship game.

Through 13 games this season, Young has thrown for 4,322 yards while amassing 46 total touchdowns against just four interceptions. He has led the Crimson Tide to a 12-1 record and a point differential of plus-290.

In his last game against one of the best defenses statistically in college football history, Young and the Tide exploded for 41 points in a 41-24 victory. The young QB was lights-out, throwing for 423 yards, four total touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Young has a seemingly insurmountable lead in the odds over the rest of his competition. He and the Tide now head to the College Football Playoff semifinals to face a very good Cincinnati team that finished the season with a perfect 13-0 record.

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Heisman Trophy Best Value Bet: Aidan Hutchinson (+1600)

If you didn’t know who Aidan Hutchinson was before his game against the Buckeyes, then you do now. The Michigan senior defensive lineman put up a performance for the ages in the biggest game of his career.

In his last two games against the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes, Hutchinson was tremendous, accounting for 11 tackles and four sacks in Michigan’s convincing wins.

Hutchinson was fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for a loss with 16 and No. 1 in the conference in sacks with 13. He is a game wrecker and has led this Wolverine defense to the College Football Playoff, where they face the Georgia Bulldogs.

Hutchinson is now second on the Heisman Trophy oddsboard at +1600, but Young’s lead appears too large for him to overcome.

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 Heisman Trophy 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:

Bryce Young -210

C.J. Stroud +425

Aidan Hutchinson +1400

This means that Young 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 Young and he won, you would get a payout of $147.62 – your original $100 is returned along with your winnings of $47.62.

On the other hand, if you strongly believe that C.J. Stroud is going to outdo himself at Ohio State and give the performance of a lifetime, a winning $100 bet on him would yield $525 – your $100 comes back along with your prize of $425.

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

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