Dec 30, 2020; Arlington, TX, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) warms up before the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Sooners QB Spencer Rattler early 2021 Heisman Trophy favorite

Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler has been installed as the initial Heisman Trophy favorite for next season.

The freshman signal-caller was listed as the +500 opening favorite by PointsBet ahead of Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei.

Rattler, a five-star recruit out of Phoenix, took over the starting job this season and threw for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games. He led the Sooners to a win in the Cotton Bowl, throwing for 247 yards and three touchdowns in the 55-20 victory over Florida.

Uiagalelei is a freshman out of Bellflower, Calif., who saw action in nine games this season, including a pair of starts when Trevor Lawrence was sidelined following a positive COVID-19 test. Uiagalelei completed 66.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions, and is poised to take over the Tigers’ starting job from Lawrence.

North Carolina junior quarterback Sam Howell is the third betting favorite at +850, followed by Alabama freshman quarterback Bryce Young, who threw just 13 passes this season.

Three veteran quarterbacks follow that pair with +1200 odds each: Miami’s D’Eriq King, Georgia’s J.T. Daniels and Southern California’s Kedon Slovis.

King suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the Hurricanes’ bowl game loss but Miami said he is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

Daniels transferred from USC to Georgia earlier this year after tearing knee ligaments in the fall of 2019 and watching Slovis take command of the job. Daniels went on to throw for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in four games for the Bulldogs, while Slovis threw for 1,921 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven picks in six games.

The top non-quarterback on the early 2021-22 Heisman Trophy odds market by PointsBet is Alabama running back Brian Robinson Jr. He has rushed for 1,292 yards on 4.9 yards per carry with 15 touchdowns entering the College Football Playoff title game.

2021 Heisman Trophy Odds (PointsBet)
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma (+500)
D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson (+675)
Sam Howell, UNC (+850)
Bryce Young, Alabama (+1000)
D’Eriq King, Miami (+1200)
J.T. Daniels, Georgia (+1200)
Kedon Slovis, USC (+1200)
Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama (+1200)
Emory Jones, Florida (+1200)
Breece Hall, Iowa State (+1500)
Jayden Daniels, Arizona State (+1500)
Michael Penix Jr., Indiana (+1500)
Tyler Shough, Oregon (+1500)
Bijan Robinson, Texas (+1500)
Kyren Williams, Notre Dame (+1500)
Brock Purdy, Iowa State (+1800)
Graham Mertz, Wisconsin (+1800)
Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State (+2000)
Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M (+2000)
Matt Corral, Ole Miss (+2000)
Kevin Harris, South Carolina (+2000)
Dillon Gabriel, UCF (+2500)
Carson Strong, Nevada (+2500)
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina (+2500)
John Metchie III, Alabama (+2500)
Jordan Addison, Pitt (+2500)
Zay Flowers, Boston College (+2500)

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2020; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) passes the ball during the first quarter of the game against Boston College at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh Morgan-USA TODAY Sports

Uiagalelei thrives as No. 1 Clemson escapes vs. Boston College

Freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a third as No. 1 Clemson survived a scare from Boston College before holding on for a 34-28 victory Saturday afternoon at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium.

Uiagalelei was making the first start of his career, filling in for three-year starter and Heisman Trophy favorite Trevor Lawrence, who missed the game while in isolation with COVID-19.

Lawrence’s availability for next week’s showdown at Notre Dame remains uncertain.

Uiagalelei was up the task, even if the Tigers’ injury depleted defense wasn’t. Clemson (7-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) was missing three starters off its defense and it showed, particularly early in the game.

But Uiagalelei came up big, completing 30 of 41 passes and running for a 30-yard touchdown in a third-quarter rally that saw the Tigers outgain the Eagles 147-39 and outscore them 13-0. The Tigers took a 32-28 lead with 11:34 remaining and held on from there.

The Tigers’ victory wasn’t secure, however, until freshman defensive tackle Bryan Bresee sacked Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec for a safety with 1:18 left in the game to cap game-ending 24-0 run.

Clemson has won 28 consecutive games against ACC opponents.

Boston College slipped to 4-3, 3-3.

Senior running back Travis Etienne became the ACC’s all-time leading rusher with a 16-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, passing former N.C. State standout Ted Brown, who had 4,602 yards from 1975 to 1978. Etienne has 4,644.

Etienne was productive once again against Boston College, totaling 264 all-purpose yards. He had 84 yards rushing on 20 carries and added 140 yards receiving on seven catches as well as a 40-yard kickoff return.

It took Boston College only four plays to take a 7-0 lead, with Jurkovec tossing to Zay Flowers for an 11-yard touchdown to cap a game-opening, 75-yard drive.

After Etienne evened the score with a 35-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Uiagalelei, the Eagles dominated the rest of the half.

Boston College got a 2-yard run from running back David Bailey, a 97-yard fumble return by cornerback Brandon Sebastian and an 18-yard strike from Jurkovec to wide receiver C.J. Lewis to forge a 28-13 halftime lead.

It marked the first time Clemson had trailed at the half of a regular-season game since a loss to Florida State in 2013.

Jurkovec completed 12 of 24 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns for Boston College.

–Field Level Media