College football odds: Bet on any of these 10 players to win Heisman

By Jason McIntyre
FOX Sports Betting Analyst

For the past 15 years, quarterbacks have dominated the Heisman Trophy prize. But, three skill position players managed to steal it from signal callers: Marc Ingram in 2009, Derrick Henry in 2015 and receiver DeVonta Smith in 2020. Three guys from Crimson Tide. Go figure.

As usual, Alabama and Ohio State players are well represented on the roster, but we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 players who can actually win the trophy in December. These plots are ranked in order of bet value.

Let’s go, with odds courtesy of FOX Bet.

1. Tre Veyon HendersonOhio State +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 in total)

Henderson opened to +6500, but sharp bets reduced his chances significantly. He had a monster year as a true freshman, with 1,248 yards, 15 touchdowns and 6.8 yards per carry. Throw in 312 receiving yards, four touchdowns and zero fumbles lost, and you’re looking at a budding star with big-play ability. My only minor concern, the Buckeyes have three players who could be in contention for the prize — or cancel each other out.

2. C.J. StroudOhio State +250 (bet $10 to win $35 in total)

Do you remember his first struggles in last year’s opener against Minnesota? Ha. He finished with 44 touchdowns and 4,435 yards with a historically formidable receiving corps. He fires Marvin Harrison Jr. and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, so expect more astronomical numbers. The Buckeyes are expected to dominate the Big Ten, so you know Stroud will be in the game until the end.

3. Will AndersonAlabama +3000 (bet $10 to win $310 in total)

The last defensive player to win the Heisman was Charles Woodson in 1997, but if anyone has to end that streak, it’s Anderson. He had 17.5 sacks and 33.5 tackles for the loss, both leading the nation. Teams – the smarter ones, anyway – will get away from him, and he’ll be up against a ton of double-teams, so those numbers should drop a bit. But his odds opened at +4200, and top bettors saw some value.

4. Bryce YoungAlabama +350 (bet $10 to win $45 in total)

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The Alabama QB opened as a favorite and has since fallen off a bit. Why? There is speculation that Alabama is so loaded that multiple players could be stealing votes from each other. It will be a huge upset if Alabama doesn’t play for the title in January and Young will be instrumental if they are there. In his first year as a starter, he finished in the Top 10 in QB Rating, yards, and touchdowns. After chopping up Georgia in the SEC title game (421 yards, 3 TDs), he struggled in the national championship game (two INTs, including a six pick). He will enter this year with a chip on his shoulder.

5. Caleb Williams, USC +800 (bet $10 to win $90 in total)

The former Oklahoma quarterback opened at +2100 in January when he was with the Sooners, but his chances dwindled after joining forces with Lincoln Riley. It didn’t hurt that he also added All-American WR Jordan Addison as a weapon. Williams struggled last year against good defenses (Baylor, Iowa State), but there aren’t many in the Pac-12.

6. Jahmyr GibbsAlabama +6000 (bet $10 to win $610 in total)

Gibbs is the biggest sleeper on this list. He was at Georgia Tech the first two years of his college career and posted modest stats (1,206 yards, 8 touchdowns). But as always, big things are expected with the Tide. So much so that he opened +8500 and respected money brought the number down to +6000.

seven. Hendon Hooker, Tennessee +5000 (bet $10 to win $510 in total)

The Virginia Tech transfer has had a monster year in the SEC in 2021, throwing for 31 touchdowns to just three interceptions and rushing for five more scores. His Heisman odds opened at +6500 in January, and professionals bet that from the off. We’ll know soon enough if Hooker’s ticket is worth anything. After facing Florida’s Anthony Richardson, the Vols travel to LSU and host Alabama in a three-game streak that will decide their season and Hooker’s Heisman chances.

8. Bijan Robinson, Texas +2000 (bet $10 to win $210 in total)

He is on course to be an All-American this coming season. He’s followed a strong freshman year with 1,422 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns, and there’s no reason he can’t top those numbers this year. Robinson opened at +4200 but was quickly bet – one of the biggest movers in price. While the offensive line was below average last year, they return four starters on that front. Now freshman QB Quinn Ewers steps in, whose arm should keep defenses honest. If Robinson can reach 2,000 total rushing yards, he should get the call in New York.

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9. Max Johnson, Texas A&M +8000 (bet $10 to win $810 in total)

If you believe in Jimbo Fisher, Johnson has a chance to put up monstrous numbers for an outstanding Aggies team. Johnson, the son of Super Bowl-winning QB Brad Johnson, will have multiple opportunities in front of a national audience to impress voters. There are dates with Miami and Alabama before the schedule gets to November. The odds are long, but if he can put on a show in these high profile games, that number will drop significantly.

ten. DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson +3500 (bet $10 to win $360 in total)

I may be the last to believe in the former 5-star rookie, as evidenced by my first NFL draft in 2023 and my thoughts on Clemson and the national title. It is undeniable that Uiagalelei played poorly last year (55% success, 10 INTS, 9 TDs), but he will have to play well this season to keep his position. If he comes back to form, don’t be surprised if he climbs up the rankings. A big note, he had the second best odds to win the Heisman before last season (+650).

Jason McIntyre is a FOX sports betting analyst, and he also writes about the NFL and NBA Draft. He joined FS1 in 2016 and has appeared on all network shows. In 2017, McIntyre began producing NFL, college football, and NBA gaming content for FOX Sports. He had a gaming podcast for FOX, “Coming Up Winners,” in 2018 and 2019. Before coming to FOX, he created The Big Lead website, which he sold in 2010.

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