Heisman Odds: Stroud stars, Hooker enters race

Heisman Odds Bryce Young Alabama vs Texas

When sportsbooks unveiled their betting lines for the 2022 college football season, the Heisman odds had Alabama QB Bryce Young as a hot favorite to repeat.

Fast forward three weeks though and we have big change – Young is no longer the favorite and front runner with Ohio State prodigy C.J. Stroud taking over after a stellar start to the season.

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Stroud was terrific again Saturday as the Buckeyes routed Wisconsin 52-21, cementing his position at the head of the odds line.

We have a new contender now on the back of Saturday’s action, when Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker produced a sensational performance to lead the Vols to a 38-33 defeat of Florida.

Here is all we know as it stands as we head deeper into the 2022 season – and even closer to the 2023 NFL Draft.

Latest Heisman Trophy Odds in 2022

Stroud is an even hotter favorite after another standout performance in that easy win over the Badgers on Saturday. He is now just +160 (bet $100 to win $160) to claim the most prestigious individual honor in college football.

Caleb Williams did help USC to another win, this time vs Oregon State, but he really struggled before finally getting the Trojans over the line. He is out from +300 to +500, the same odds as Alabama’s Young.

Bryce by the way did look more like his old self as the Crimson Tide blasted Vanderbilt 55-3, but there are obviously much bigger tests to come.

Hooker is next in the Heisman odds at +1700, while Georgia QB Stetson Bennett IV is +2200 after an underwhelming display in the 39-22 win over Kent State in Athens.

You have to feel just a little bit sorry meanwhile for Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel. He is out to +4000 after the Sooners suffered their first L of 2022, a 41-34 shocker to Kansas State in Norman. It wasn’t all his fault though as he threw for 330 yards and four scores.

Right now the odds from PointsBet look like this:

  • +160 C.J. Stroud (QB, Ohio State)
  • +500 Caleb Williams (QB, USC)
  • +500 Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)
  • +1700 Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennessee)
  • +2200 Stetson Bennett IV (QB, Georgia)
  • +4000 Dillon Gabriel (QB, Oklahoma)
  • +4000 Sam Hartman (QB, Wake Forest)

NB: Odds correct at 8am Eastern on September 25, 2022

Heisman Watch 2022

We’ll keep you updated on how all of the major contenders are performing every week during the 2022 season:

Bryce Young: Bryce looked more like the Young of old as he threw for 385 yards and four scores as the Tide rolled in that easy win over Vanderbilt in Tuscaloosa. He looked much sharper than he had in previous weeks and clearly bristled at some of the media naysayers in his postgame comments. He’s ready to get back in the race…

C.J. Stroud: Cemented his position as favorite with another super display in primetime vs the unranked Badgers in Columbus. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns. So far C.J. looks the real deal and Ohio State looks an absolute powerhouse. There are bigger challenges to come, but Stroud appears ready to deal with them.

Caleb Williams: The Trojans did eventually remain undefeated as they escaped from Oregon State with a 17-14 win, but boy was it tough. Williams found Jordan Addison for the winning score inside the final two minutes with a 21-yard TD pass. But that was about all he did on a day where he really struggled to get the USC offense humming. His final numbers were 16 of 36 for 180 yards and one TD. Just 44% completion rate and just 5 yards per pass attempt. Not really Heisman-worthy.

Hendon Hooker: This man came out of nowhere to jump right into the Heisman race with an explosive performance which keyed Tennessee’s thrilling win over Florida. The numbers were terrific – 22 of 28 through the air for 349 yards and two scores. Oh, and 13 carries on the ground for 112 yards and another TD. Stellar.

Stetson Bennett IV: The national champions are still unbeaten, but a 39-22 defeat of little Kent State was not exactly the rout we all expected. Turnovers and misfires punctuated a sloppy effort from Georgia, with Bennett putting up an underwhelming stats sheet which ended on 272 passing yards and one interception. This win was more about the talents of exciting TE Brock Bowers than it was about the aerial attack.

Dillon Gabriel: This was a shocking defeat for the Sooners, at home in Norman, to Kansas State. The game wasn’t even that close, with one of Oklahoma’s TDs coming in garbage time with the game lost. Gabriel’s numbers on the face of it were strong – 330 passing yards and 4 TDs, along with 7 rushes for 61 yards. But he still lost…

Sam Hartman: The Wake Forest QB only enhanced his Heisman reputation in a losing effort on Saturday, as he performed heroics through the air while the Demon Deacons lost 51-45 to Clemson in double overtime. Sam tossed six (SIX) touchdown passes in gashing the Clemson defense for 337 passing yards.

When is the Heisman winner announced?

Okay so a few dates for your diary here, and this will help you work out when players need to perform at their best.

  • November 28, 2022: Heisman ballots are distributed
  • December 5, 2022: This is the voting deadline for the Heisman
  • December 5, 2022: Right after the voting deadline, the Heisman finalists are announced

Then, after all of that, the winner is announced during a primetime ceremony aired on ESPN on December 10, 2022 at 8pm Eastern Time.

Who won the Heisman Trophy?

So we know that C.J. Stroud is favored to beat current holder Bryce Young to the Heisman in 2022, but who won it in the past?

From a statistical standpoint, like most awards in football now, QBs are by far the likeliest winners. The trophy has been awarded 86 times since 1935, and we have 85 winners total (and one two-time winner, Ohio State RB Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. A total of 16 out of the last 20 winners have been quarterbacks.

Only one true defensive player has ever won the Heisman – Michigan CB Charles Woodson back in 1997. The odds are definitely not with Will Anderson here…

The schools with most winners are Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State – who have all provided seven Heisman standouts. USC does also have 7 players to collect the trophy but only 6 wins after Reggie Bush vacated his 2005 award.

The last 10 Heisman winners are:

  • 2021: Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)
  • 2020: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)
  • 2019: Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)
  • 2018: Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma)
  • 2017: Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)
  • 2016: Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville)
  • 2015: Derrick Henry (RB, Alabama)
  • 2014: Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
  • 2013: Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State)
  • 2012: Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M)

Who chooses the Heisman winner?

So as with most awards like this, a panel of journalists are key to choosing the Heisman winner annually. Staggeringly, your faithful scribe Stryker has yet to get the call to add to that panel.

There are 870 journalists on the panel which votes for the Heisman winner. They are split equally across six regions of the United States – Far West, Mid Atlantic, Mid West, North East, South and South West.

The 57 living Heisman winners also get a vote, and then fans get into the action too but their votes only count as one ballot. So effectively we have 928 voters in total.

Who is the current Heisman favorite?

Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud heads the betting line at +160 odds (you bet $100 to win $160).

How do you bet on the Heisman?

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Who are the current Heisman candidates?

Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, Alabama QB Bryce Young and USC QB Caleb Williams are the current big three in the betting to win the Heisman in 2022.