These Heisman hopefuls top the list of early bets


College football is almost back, folks.

With this year’s Heisman Trophy race once again taking center stage, tailgates, heated rivalries and future NFL stars will also re-enter our collective consciousness.

We’ve seen a ton of big names transfer schools since the end of last season, creating a changing Heisman landscape. With it, there is a lot of value to be found.

Below are the 2022 Heisman odds:

2022 Heisman Trophy odds

All odds courtesy of BetMGM.

JC Stroud +200

Bryce Young +350

Caleb Williams +800

Bijan Robinson +1600

Quinn Ewers +2000

Treyvon Henderson+2000

DJ Uiagalelei +2000

Anthony Richardson +2000

JT Daniels +2500

Kedon Slovis +2500

Jaxson Dart +2500

Tyler Van Dyke +2500

Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+800)

As you can see from the list, the top three players with the highest ratings are, unsurprisingly, quarterbacks. CJ Stroud enters the year as the favorite, with defending Heisman winner Bryce Young right behind him. Third on the list is Oklahoma transfer Caleb Williams, who is full of intrigue and upside.

Last year was supposed to be Spencer Rattler’s crowning glory in Oklahoma. This does not happen. Caleb Williams took over halfway through the season, and you could see his growth from week to week. After taking over midway through Oklahoma’s game against Texas, Williams finished the year with a 65% completion percentage for 1,810 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also added 381 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.

Caleb Williams backs up to pass during USC’s spring game.
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Williams transferred to USC, following his former Oklahoma head coach, Lincoln Riley. The two have a built-in familiarity and also landed wide receiver Jordan Addison, who stands as one of the best receivers in the 2023 NFL Draft class. Given a full season, Williams’ value at +800 is a tempting bet.

Quinn Ewers, QC, Texas (+2000)

Here is an interesting one. Quinn Ewers started his college career last year at Ohio State but was buried on the depth board by Stroud. The Texas product was the No. 1 ranked player in the 2021 college recruiting class, across all positions, by 247sports.com. It’s safe to say Ohio State is happy with Stroud after his performance last year. But Ewers has the talent and potential to burst onto the national scene in his first year as a starting quarterback after transferring to the University of Texas.

Quinn Ewers throws a pass.
Quinn Ewers throws a pass in the Texas Spring Game.
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Ewers arguably has the advantage of having the best running back in the country lined up behind him in Bijan Robinson and dynamic second-year wide receiver Xavier Worthy running for him. That offense has the potential to explode this season, and if any of the names at the top of the list falter, Ewers could find himself in the Heisman conversation.

TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State (+2000)

As a true freshman, TreVeyon Henderson has proven to be one of the best running backs in the country already. He rushed 183 times for 1,248 yards and 15 touchdowns, while adding 27 receptions for 312 yards and four extra scores. He did all of this without receiving the ball until his third game.

This year, Henderson will be on track. With the departures of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave to the NFL, Henderson will join wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba as the top two offensive players on a stacked roster from Ohio State.

TreVeyon Henderson runs with the ball.
TreVeyon Henderson carries the ball into the Rose Bowl. The promising running back could be a dark horse for the Heisman.
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A running back hasn’t won the Heisman since Derrick Henry in 2015, but with the talent Henderson possesses, it’s worth picking up a flyer.

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