C.J. Stroud Heisman Trophy Odds

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was the betting favorite to win the Heisman Trophy when the season got underway. His Heisman Trophy odds remained at the top of betting boards for most of the season, that is, until last week when Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker supplanted him. Does this mean Stroud is no longer worth betting on?

Absolutely not! If anything, now may be the time to bet on Stroud. His odds of winning the Heisman Trophy have not been north of +200 since Week 4. 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

Hendon Hooker, Tennessee-110+100+100+100
CJ Stroud, Ohio State+190+175+180+200
Blake Corum, Michigan+1500+1400+1200+1400
Caleb Williams,. USC+1500+1400+1200+1400
Bo Nix, Oregon+2500+2500+2500+2000
Drake Maye, North Carolina+2500+2500+2000+2000
Bryce Young, Alabama+3000+3300+3000+4000
Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee+3000+5000+4000+5000
Max Duggan, TCU+3000+3000+3000+3000

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Stroud Needs Help To Win Heisman…And Might Get It This Weekend

Based on the stats, it is not hard to see why Stroud could go on to win the Heisman this season. He’s completed 71.3% of his passes this season for almost 300 yards per game and leads the nation with 29 touchdown passes (tied with North Carolina’s Drake Maye). Stroud has the best QB rating in the country (200.2) and is tied for the lead in average yards per pass attempt (10.7 yards per attempt) with Hendon Hooker.

However, there is no denying the season that Hooker has had with Tennessee, either, and Hooker has more big wins on his resume than Stroud. But Hooker’s Heisman case could take a severe hit this weekend when the Vols take on Georgia. A loss this late in the season, especially if Hooker has a bad game, could be too much for him to come back from.

The Georgia defense has not given up more than one passing touchdown in a game this season, and Florida’s Anthony Richardson was the first to throw for over 200 yards. He threw for 271 yards but completed less than 50% of his passes.

If the Bulldogs’ defense can contain Hooker and hold him to a performance similar to the one Richardson had, the door will be wide open for Stroud to win the Heisman (assuming Georgia still beats Tennessee). That’s assuming Stroud continues to take care of business.

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Betting Analysis

Assuming Stroud and Hooker take care of business against everyone else, whether Stroud wins the Heisman will come down to how Tennessee-Georgia and Ohio State-Michigan games play out. Hooker has an excellent resume even without a win over Georgia, but voters like Heisman winners to win the big games late in the season.

For Stroud, it doesn’t get much bigger than beating Michigan.

A loss may not keep Hooker from being a finalist, but it will result in the final vote being a close one. With the body of work Stroud has displayed throughout the season, he would be a worthy winner. But it will likely come down to how much the individual voters value wins over ranked opponents.

Our Pick: Sorry, Ohio State fans—Hendon Hooker.

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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

AP Photo/Barry Reeger

About the Author

Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver is a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.