Nov 5, 2022; Evanston, Illinois, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) headshot during the second half at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Buckeyes QB C.J. Stroud reclaims Heisman favorite status

Hendon Hooker’s time atop the Heisman Trophy odds proved to be short-lived.

Tennessee’s signal-caller dropped back below Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud following the Volunteers’ decisive loss to Georgia on Saturday.

Stroud, who has spent most of the season as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, is now being offered at +175 at BetMGM. He has been backed by 9.2 percent of the tickets and 12.0 percent of the money.

Hendon is second at +300 and leads the sportsbook with 11.3 percent of the total bets. Because he opened the season as a +6600 longshot and is second with 16.1 percent of the money backing him, Hooker remains BetMGM’s second-biggest Heisman Trophy candidate.

That’s behind only LSU quarterback Jalon Daniels, who is no longer on the board but still has drawn 19.4 percent of the money since the sportsbook opened the market.

It is shaping up as a two-player battle entering the second week of November. Stroud is the +180 favorite at FanDuel and DraftKings, ahead of Hooker at +300 and +280, respectively.

BetMGM and FanDuel have Michigan running back Blake Corum with the third-shortest odds at +600, while DraftKings is offering Southern Cal quarterback Caleb Williams at +700 ahead of Corum at +750.

Corum is third at BetMGM with 7.4 percent of the total tickets backing him after opening as a +8000 longshot.

Williams opened at +800 before falling to +1400. He is back to +800 this week while drawing 5.8 percent of the tickets and 4.6 percent of the money.

Georgia is the unquestioned No. 1 team in the country following its victory on Saturday, but quarterback Stetson Bennett remains on the outside of the Heisman picture looking in. His odds have shortened from +10000 to +1600 at BetMGM, but that still leaves him seventh at the sportsbook behind Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and North Carolina signal-caller Drake Maye.

–Field Level Media