Dec 11, 2021; New York, NY, USA; 2021 Heisman winner Alabama quarterback Bryce Young poses for pictures with the trophy during a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bryce Young early favorite to repeat as Heisman winner

Bryce Young collected the first Heisman Trophy for an Alabama quarterback on Saturday night and is already favored to add a second one next year.

Young opened as the +200 favorite at FoxBet to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy ahead of Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud (+400), who finished fourth in Saturday’s Heisman results.

Both quarterbacks hail from Southern California and will resume their on-field competition next year that dates back to middle school. Young is only the sixth sophomore to win the award and will attempt to join Archie Griffin (1974-75) as the only players to win two Heismans.

Spencer Rattler hasn’t announced which school he will transfer to yet, but the former Oklahoma quarterback still has the third-shortest odds at +700 by FoxBet to win next year’s Heisman. That’s ahead of Caleb Williams (+1000), who replaced him with the Sooners this season.

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III opened at +1200, although he is widely expected to enter the 2022 NFL Draft. He’s followed by Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson (+1500) and Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (+1600).

Texas running back Bijan Robinson is +1800, with the list rounding out with Georgia quarterback JT Daniels (+2000) and Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks (+4000).

Alabama has produced three of the past seven Heisman winners, including the only two since 2010 who weren’t quarterbacks: running back Derrick Henry in 2015 and wide receiver DeVonta Smith in 2020.

Young received 2,311 points Saturday night, easily outdistancing Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (954), Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (631) and Stroud (399).

“This is amazing,” said Young, who thanked everyone from his offensive linemen and receivers to the Crimson Tide defense for helping him get the ball back. “… Whenever you can win an award like this, it goes as an individual award, but it’s a team award.”

Young threw for 4,322 yards and 43 touchdowns with just four interceptions. That includes throwing for 421 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-24 win over then-No. 1 Georgia in the SEC title game to help Alabama secure the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.

“For me, I’ve always been someone who has been labeled as not the prototype — being an African-American quarterback, being quote-unquote undersized and not being that prototype, I’ve always been ruled out,” Young said. “People a lot of times have told me that I wasn’t going to be able to make it.

“For me, it has always been about, not proving them wrong, but proving to myself what I can accomplish.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Heisman Trophy Odds: Bryce Young back in front of C.J. Stroud

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has leaped back in front of Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud in the race for the Heisman Trophy after leading the Crimson Tide to a four-overtime victory over Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

Young’s Heisman odds shortened to -200 at BetRivers, where the freshman has been backed by 9.84 percent of the Heisman bets and 16.5 percent of the handle. It has been a rapid ascent for Young, who opened the season as a +800 longshot at the book.

He has drawn 32.43 percent of the wagers and 41.95 percent of the handle at BetRivers since the start of November.

Young was being offered at +190 on Oct. 31 by BetMGM, where his odds are also now -200.

Stroud opened the season at +1000 and his odds lengthened to +2500 following a home loss to Oregon. However, the redshirt freshman steadily passed his way up to favorite status before last week’s loss to Michigan.

Stroud is now being offered at +400 at BetRivers, where he has been backed by 8.51 percent of the bets and 15.05 percent of the handle. That includes 22.30 and 33.61 percent, respectively, since the start of November.

The Heisman Trophy is considered a two-horse race at this stage.

The next-shortest odds at BetRivers belong to Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (+1100) and Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III (+1400). Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, one of the favorites early in the season, has seen his odds drift to +2500.

BetMGM is offering Stroud at +450, followed by Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson (+1400) and Pickett (+1800). Corral and Walker III are both at +2000.

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Dec. 11.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws over Michigan State Spartans defensive tackle Maverick Hansen (97) during the first quarter of the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

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Ohio State QB CJ Stroud now the Heisman favorite

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud moved into the role of Heisman Trophy favorite after throwing for six touchdowns and 432 yards in the Buckeyes’ 56-7 thrashing of Michigan State on Saturday.

BetMGM and DraftKings both listed Stroud, a redshirt freshman, at -200 on Sunday. On Oct. 31, after a 305-yard performance against Penn State, Stroud was at +450 at both books.

The six touchdown passes against the Spartans tied Stroud for the most in Buckeyes history.

Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young had quite a day of his own on Saturday, completing 31 of 40 passes for 559 yards and five TDs in a 42-35 defeat of Arkansas. Both BetMGM and DraftKings listed him at +150 in the Heisman odds on Sunday.

The 559 yards passing set a Crimson Tide record.

On Oct. 31, he was offered at +190 by BetMGM and +180 by DraftKings.

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral, the favorite earlier this year, was listed Sunday at +1600 by BetMGM and +2000 by DraftKings.

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Dec. 11.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) celebrates his touch down with quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Ohio State steamrolls No. 7 Michigan State, 56-7

C.J. Stroud threw six first-half touchdowns as No. 4 Ohio State routed No.7 Michigan State 56-7 in Big Ten play at Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday.

It was no contest for the Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten), who led 28-0 a minute into the second quarter on Stroud’s four TDs. Chris Olave had two (23 and 43 yards) to break David Boston’s school record of 34 receiving scores.

Michigan State (9-2, 6-2) entered last among the 130 FBS teams with 329.0 passing yards allowed and Stroud surpassed that total by one yard with 7:01 left in the second quarter on a 12-yard TD pass to Garrett Wilson to make it 35-0 en route to a 49-0 halftime score.

Stroud was 29 of 31 for 393 yards in the first half, He played one series in the third quarter to finish 32 of 35 for 432 yards. His six TDs tied the school record.

He also completed 17 straight passes in the first half to break the program record of 16 in a row by J.T. Barrett in 2017 and Justin Fields last season.

Olave had 140 yards on seven catches, Jaxon Smith-Njigba 105 on 10 receptions and Wilson’s seven catches went for 126 yards.

Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III, the nation’s leading rusher at 147.3 yards per game, was rendered non-essential after the Buckeyes scored on their first three possessions for a 21-0 lead with 2:31 left in the first quarter.

Walker had 25 yards on six carries and was held out most of the second half.

Michigan State quarterback Payton Thorne was 14 for 36 for 158 yards and a TD.

Ohio State entered as the nation’s leader in scoring (46.3) and total offense (540.4 yards) and outgained Michigan State 500-116 in the first half and 655-224 for the game

In the Nov. 27 regular season finales, Michigan State hosts Penn State and Ohio State plays at No. 6 Michigan.

–Field Level Media

Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III runs for a touchdown against Michigan during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

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Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III gains footing in Heisman race

With a five-touchdown performance Saturday in a 37-33 win over Michigan, Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III moved squarely into the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Walker entered Saturday’s game leading the nation at 142.4 rushing yards per game and added 197 yards on 23 carries against the Wolverines. He is three yards shy of 1,000 on the year.

BetMGM and DraftKings both offered Walker at +500 odds to win the Heisman on Sunday.

“This is a huge stage, the whole world is watching and got a chance to see what type of player he is,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said after the Michigan win. “And obviously any recognition that he’s getting for Heisman consideration is well deserved.”

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, whose team was on a bye Saturday, remained the leader at both sportsbooks, offered at +190 by BetMGM and +180 by DraftKings.

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral was listed at +275 by BetMGM but dropped to +500 at DraftKings after a loss at Auburn on Saturday night. Corral completed 21 of 37 passes for 289 yards and an interception as he battled through what appeared to be a left ankle injury.

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud was offered at +450 by both books after a 305-yard performance against Penn State in a 33-24 win on Saturday.

Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who has taken over for preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler, moved to +850 at BetMGM and +800 at DraftKings. He completed 76.7 percent (23 of 30) of his passes for 402 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-21 Sooners win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; quarterback Matt Corral (2) throws a pass  against the Austin Peay Governors during the second quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss QB Matt Corral moves squarely into Heisman conversation

After a five-touchdown game on Saturday, Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral continued his climb up the list of Heisman Trophy favorites as his Oklahoma counterpart, Spencer Rattler, tumbled again.

Still, both trail Alabama sophomore quarterback Bryce Young, who led the Crimson Tide (2-0) to a 48-14 victory against Mercer. He completed 19 of 27 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns.

Young is listed at +300 at PointsBet and +325 at BetMGM.

Corral, a junior, helped the Rebels to a 54-17 win over Austin Peay with a 21-of-33 passing, 281-yard performance. He added 35 rushing yards.

After Ole Miss’ Week 1 win over Louisville, Corral was offered at +1000 by PointsBet. Following Week 2, the odds shortened to +600 at both PointsBet and BetMGM.

Oklahoma’s Rattler, the preseason favorite, saw his odds lengthen again despite the Sooners’ 76-0 thumping of Western Carolina. Rattler was 20-of-26 passing for 243 yards and five touchdowns before calling it a day.

Rattler moved to third favorite as his odds lengthened from +700 to +750 at PointsBet and from +900 to +1000 at BetMGM.

The only other player within striking distance after Week 2 is Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who is at +1100 at BetMGM and +1300 at PointsBet.

Ohio State fell to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll with a loss to Oregon on Saturday. Still, Stroud had a stellar day, passing for 484 yards and three touchdowns with an interception.

Stroud was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week and has thrown for 778 yards and seven touchdowns through his first two games.

–Field Level Media