C.J. Stroud still leads the Heisman Trophy race as we head into Week 4 of the college football season. Stroud has led his Buckeyes to a 3-0 record and has picked up right where he left off as a freshman.
After a shaky 21-10 victory over Notre Dame to start the season, Ohio State returned to form, scoring 45 points against Arkansas State and an otherworldly 77 against Toledo over the weekend.
There’s still plenty of football to be played this season, and we’ll be tracking the Heisman Trophy odds all year long. Ohio State opens Big Ten play on Saturday, Sept. 24, with a home game against Wisconsin. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Buckeyes will play host to Rutgers.
These odds won’t be available on Ohio online sportsbooks just yet, but those who can drive to Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia can place their wagers on Stroud.
C.J. Stroud Heisman Trophy Odds
|C.J. Stroud, Ohio State||+200||+200||+250||+275|
|Caleb Williams, USC||+300||+300||+300||+350|
|Bryce Young, Alabama||+500||+400||+450||+425|
|Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma||+1600||+2000||+1600||+1600|
|Stetson Bennett, Georgia||+2000||+1200||+1600||+1600|
|J.J. McCarthy, Michigan||+3000||+2000||+2500||+2200|
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Heisman Trophy Is Still Stroud’s To Lose According to Sportsbooks
It’s three games into the season, and C.J. Stroud continues to look as advertised. The Buckeyes were the top-scoring team in the nation last year (45.7 PPG) and are ahead of that pace this season, averaging 47.7 through their first three contests.
Stroud’s accuracy continues to impress (72.9 completion percentage), and the sophomore still hasn’t thrown an interception. He’s averaging 313.7 passing yards per game and has tossed 11 touchdowns.
Wideouts Emeka Egbuka and Marvin Harrison Jr. have been Stroud’s favorite targets, with over 300 receiving yards each already. They’ve also combined for eight of the quarterback’s 11 TDs.
Stroud Last Season
Stroud was the baby of the Heisman hopefuls last season but remained in the race until the end, eventually finishing fourth in the voting. The quarterback played beyond his years as a freshman, as he threw for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
He set the school record for consecutive completions (17) in a route against Michigan State and then broke the Rose Bowl passing yards record with 573 against Utah. Stroud also became the only quarterback in school history to throw for five or more touchdowns in a game against a Big Ten opponent four times in one season.
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As we know, the favorite doesn’t always win when it comes to sports betting, and there are a couple of highly touted quarterbacks (among others) in the mix this year that will give Stroud a run for his money.
Bryce Young, QB — Alabama
Last year’s Heisman winner, Bryce Young, is still right in the mix, although his stock has taken a bit of a tumble out of the gate.
Alabama is 3-0 but had a close call against Texas (20-19) in a game that it was favored by almost 20 points at most sportsbooks. Young also threw his first two interceptions against Louisiana-Monroe last week in a blowout victory.
Through three games, Young has averaged just 214.7 passing yards per game and has nine touchdowns to go with his two picks. Always a threat with his legs, the QB has tacked on 144 ground yards this season with two rushing TDs.
Young Last Season
Alabama seems to plug in a new star quarterback every year, and last year was no exception when Bryce Young took over for second-year New England Patriots QB Mac Jones.
Young immediately cemented himself as one of the top quarterbacks in college football and led the Heisman race for most of the season. He was the Crimson Tide’s fourth Heisman Trophy winner and second consecutive after DeVonta Smith won it the previous year.
Young finished his sophomore season with 4,322 passing yards and 43 touchdowns but came up just short of a national championship after losing to the Georgia Bulldogs in the title game. The 21-year-old junior will have added motivation this year to not just get back to the big dance but to win it.
Caleb Williams, QB — USC
Lincoln Riley has his USC Trojans off to a hot start, and much of that has to do with transfer quarterback Caleb Williams. The former Oklahoma Sooner has been sharp this season and has his team piling up the points (50.7 PPG).
Williams has displayed pinpoint accuracy (74.4 completion percentage) and has averaged 291.3 passing yards per game to go with eight TDs and no picks.
The D.C. native has also put up 24.3 rushing yards per contest, adding two TDs on the ground. The Trojans will look to keep rolling against Oregon State this weekend.
Caleb Williams Last Season
Caleb Williams started on the bench last season for the Oklahoma Sooners but replaced quarterback Spencer Rattler midway through the team’s sixth game against the Texas Longhorns.
Williams led the Sooners to a 55-48 victory in that game and solidified himself as the starting pivot going forward. He finished his true freshman season with 21 TD passes, six rushing TDs, and just four interceptions.
After the season, Williams transferred to Southern California and now headlines the Trojans. The dual-threat quarterback was exciting to watch in his limited playing time last year and should remain one of the top contenders for the Heisman now that he’s been a starter from the get-go.
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Heisman Trophy History
Quarterbacks are no strangers to the Heisman Trophy, winning five of the last six years and 18 since 2000. Based on the early odds, this year looks to be another QB-heavy race. Here’s a look at the winners over the past ten seasons.
2021-22 — Bryce Young, Alabama QB
2020-21 — DeVonta Smith, Alabama WR
2019-20 — Joe Burrow, LSU QB
2018-19 — Kyler Murray, Oklahoma QB
2017-18 — Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma QB
2016-17 — Lamar Jackson, Louisville QB
2015-16 — Derrick Henry, Alabama RB
2014-15 — Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB
2013-14 — Jameis Winston, Florida State QB
2012-13 — Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB
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