Heisman Trophy Odds 2022: Favorites, sleepers ahead of Week Zero

College football is back, and with it comes the weekly rant surrounding the sport’s most prestigious player’s award, the Heisman Trophy. While bettors can bet on Heisman 2022 all season long, studying the odds and betting on specific players can be beneficial in order to win the award before the start of the season as a big game or two early in the season can make a difference Sleepers can skip to a favorite in no time (think Lamar Jackson in 2016).

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (+430) wants to become the first player since Archie Griffin to repeat himself as a Heisman winner, but as of today, he’s not the clear favorite. Can Young embark on another dominant campaign, or will another player produce a Heisman-caliber season in 2022?

Below, we’ll break down a few favorites, sleepers, and long shots that offer betting value that Heisman could take home in 2022.

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Heisman Trophy Odds 2022: Top 50

All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook

player school opportunities
CJ Stroud State of Ohio +200
Bryce Young Alabama +430
Caleb Williams Southern California +700
TreVeyon Henderson State of Ohio +2000
Will Anderson Alabama +2200
Jahmyr Gibbs Alabama +2400
Bijan Robinson Texas +2500
Dillon Gabriel Oklahoma +2800
Tyler van Dyke Miami +3500
Quinn Ewers Texas +3500
Jaxon Smith-Njigba State of Ohio +4000
Will Shipley Clemson +5000
Spencer Rattler South Carolina +5000
Anthony Richardson Florida +5000
Jason Dart Ole Fraulein +5000
DJ Uiagalelei Clemson +5000
Will Levis Kentucky +6000
Hendon hooker Tennessee +6000
Braelon Allen Wisconsin +6000
Stetson Bennett Georgia +6000
KJ Jefferson Arkansas +6000
Jayden Daniels LSU +6000
Devin Leary NC state +6000
JT Daniels West Virginia +6000
Kedon Slowis Pittsburgh +6000
Bo Nix Oregon +7500
Cameron Rising Utah +7500
Jordan Addison Southern California +7500
Max Johnson LSU +7500
Tyler Buchner Notre-Dame +7500
Casey Thompson Nebraska +7500
Malik Cunningham Louisville +7500
Will Rogers State of Mississippi +8000
Michael Penix Jr. Washington +10000
Grayson McCall Coastal Carolina +10000
Jake Haener State of Fresno +10000
Blake Corum Michigan +10000
Kayshon Boutte LSU +10000
Phil Jurkovec Boston College +10000
Jack Miller III State of Ohio +10000
Sean Clifford Pennsylvania +10000
Cameron Ward Washington +10000
JJ McCarthy Michigan +10000
Taulia Tagovailoa Maryland +10000
Two Vaughns State of Kansas +10000
Brennan Armstrong Virginia +10000
Jase McClellan Alabama +10000
Agiye Hall Minnesota +10000
Aidan O’Connell Purdue +10000
Panzer Bigsby maroon +10000

Heisman Trophy Odds 2022: Favourites

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State +200 (implied probability 33.33 percent)

Stroud remains the clear favorite going into the season after an impressive freshman season in which he threw for 4,435 yards with a 44-6 TD-to-INT ratio. Another performance of 4,000+ passing yards coupled with an effective TD-to-INT ratio should invite him to New York City for a second straight year.

There isn’t really any money to be made right now by betting Stroud at +200 as you might be better off waiting for his odds to come down in the season before betting on him winning the Heisman. Conversely, if you think he’s off to a great start by setting fire to Notre Dame’s defense in Week 1, his chances could only increase.

It’s part of the gamble, but ultimately to say that a player already has a 33.33 percent chance of winning the Heisman before the season starts is really high praise. Stroud is undoubtedly a talented QB, but there are other talented players at CFB who could make this year’s Heisman race interesting.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama +430 (implicit probability 18.87 percent)

Were it not for Stroud’s projects for a dominant 2022 season, Young would be the clear favorite to repeat as Heisman. Young has a chance to throw for 5,000 yards in his second season as a full-time starter as he’s had another offseason to learn and develop.

He’ll also get much better play off his offensive line after Alabama conceded 41 sacks a season ago. Cleaner pockets can allow Young to trust the scheme instead of jumping out of pocket and improvising.

The loss of WR students Jameson Williams, John Metchie and Slade Bolden certainly hurts, and while he won’t be nearly as talented by a WR corps this season, Young is too good a QB to worry about the ramifications of a WR – to worry about downgrading.

Young has a chance to become the clear favorite if he makes a big showing against Texas in Austin in Week 2. His chances may only get smaller as the season progresses, and now may be the best time to get involved in a potential Heisman reprise.

Heisman Trophy Odds 2022: Sleepers

Will Anderson, LB, Alabama +2200 (implied probability 4.35 percent)

Anderson was snubbed when he didn’t get an invite to New York City last season, and that’s likely to change this year. For a defensive player to sit at just 22-1 to win the preseason Heisman speaks to just how elite he really is. He’s so good he has a real shot at becoming the first defender to win the award since Charles Woodson in 1997.

Anderson recorded a dominant 2021 season in which the edge rusher accumulated 17.5 sacks (first in the NCAA) and 57 solo tackles. He’s unguardable in one-on-one situations and still difficult to contain in doubles. Like Young, Anderson has a chance to move up preseason with a big performance against Texas on national TV in Week 2.

While there was a time this offseason when Anderson’s odds were higher than 22-1, he’s still a sleeper worth keeping an eye on.

Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee +6000 (implied probability 1.64 percent)

Tennessee is probably Georgia’s biggest threat in the SEC East, and a big part of that is Josh Heupel’s efficient offense led by Hooker. Hooker took over for an ineffective Joe Milton last season, and the Volunteers started clicking a new signal caller.

Hooker has had a full offseason to continue learning Heupel’s scheme, which could lead to an even better 2022 for the 6-4 QB. If Tennessee is able to shock the world and win the SEC East at 60-1, Hooker has an outside chance of earning the New York invite.

Heisman Trophy Odds 2022: Long shots

Cameron Rising, QB, Utah +7500 (implied probability 1.32 percent)

Rising Heisman’s “narrative” is similar to Hooker’s in that he also took over an ineffective QB early last season, resulting in a much better end to the season for his school. While Utah was the most efficient offense leading ball last season in terms of extra points expected, they still had to rely on Rising to matriculate the ball on the field and consistently make the right reads. Rising posted an effective TD-to-INT ratio of 20:5 with an 84.2 QBR (sixth place in the NCAA).

Given his talent and the fact that he’s on a team with playoff ambitions, Rising’s 75-1 price tag is a miss. While it’s more realistic that he won’t receive an invite to New York City in December, there’s a good chance he’ll fall to less than 75-1 over the course of the season.

Deuce Vaughn, RB, Kansas State +10000 (implicit probability 0.99 percent)

Vaughn led all qualifying players with wins over substitutes last season, and while he’s not on a team likely to finish the season in the top 10, he’s a big part of Kansas State’s offense and one of the most difficult RBs to be held over 60 minutes.

Vaughn’s big play ability could result in a 2,000-yard rushing output and a 500-yard receiving output. At 100-1, he’s a long shot whose skills justify a lower price in the betting market.

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