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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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.
When the ball drops: Ohio sports betting to launch at stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day
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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