The 2021 NCAA college football season is in full swing as we’ve already had several exciting weeks of action. Now that a good chunk of games has passed, fans and bettors have been turning their attention to who’ll win the 2021 Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football’s top player.
Last year’s Heisman was won by former Alabama Crimson Tide wideout DeVonta Smith, who was then selected 10th overall by the Philadelphia Eagles at the 2021 NFL Draft. Smith was the first wide receiver to win the award in nearly 30 years, however, it’s looking like it’ll be a quarterback who wins it again this year. At +175 odds, BetOnline is favoring Ole Miss Rebels QB Matt Corral to be the 2021 Heisman Trophy winner.
Corral has been an absolute beast to start the 2021 NCAAF season, so it shouldn’t be shocking to see him as the 2021 Heisman Trophy favorite. . The Ole Miss gunslinger has completed 68.8% of his passing attempts for 997 yards and a whopping nine touchdowns (without throwing an interception) in just three games.
While that’s impressive on its own, Corral has also been dominant on the ground. He’s rushed the ball 33 times through the Rebels’ first three games, racking up a total of 158 rushing yards and five more touchdowns — a new career-high.
Corral’s efforts have helped Ole Miss start the season 3-0, averaging an NCAAF-leading 52.7 points per game. That’s certainly huge news for a team that hasn’t won more than six games in a campaign since 2015. There’s obviously a lot left of the season to play, however, Corral’s Heisman odds should remain strong as long as the Rebels don’t take their foot off the gas.
2021 Heisman Trophy Odds
Odds via BetOnline as of Wednesday, September 22
- Matt Corral – Ole Miss (+175)
- Bryce Young – Alabama (+350)
- Spencer Rattler – Oklahoma (+700)
- CJ Stroud – Ohio State (+1600)
- Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati (+1600)
- JT Daniels – Georgia (+1800)
- Sam Howell – UNC (+2000)
- Malik Willis – Liberty (+2000)
- CJ Verdell – Oregon (+2500)
- TreVeyon Henderson – Ohio State (+2800)
Complete odds list is available at BetOnline.ag.
Bryce Young Heisman Odds
One of the more talented quarterbacks in college football, Alabama’s Bryce Young owns the second-best 2021 Heisman Trophy odds at +350. The 20-year-old took over as the Crimson Tide’s starting QB after Mac Jones was drafted by the New England Patriots earlier this year. Fortunately, Rattler hasn’t looked out of place in the role of the Crimson Tide’s lead signal-caller.
Young has also led Alabama to a 3-0 start, completing exactly 68.0% of his own passing attempts for 811 yards and 10 touchdowns to zero interceptions. His 169.1 passing efficiency rating ranks third in the Southeastern Conference, while his 10.1 adjusted passing yards per attempt ranks second. It certainly helps to play for a school like Alabama, which always manages to put forth a championship-quality roster.
It’s just hard not to like what the sophomore has been doing this season and it’s looking like he has the talent to perform that way all season long.
Spencer Rattler 2021 Heisman Trophy Odds
Oklahoma Sooners QB Spencer Rattler has been in the news over the last year or so because he’s most expert’s pick to be drafted first overall at the 2022 NFL Draft. Now, he has the third-best odds (+700) to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.
The Oklahoma sophomore looked tremendous last year, throwing for over 3,000 passing yards and 28 touchdowns in 11 games. Fortunately, for Sooners fans, he started 2021 by picking up right from where he left off. Rattler has made 74 of his 99 passing attempts (career-high 74.7%) for 761 yards and seven TDs to two interceptions in three games. He’s also proven that he can still run the ball, tallying 71 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 attempts.
Like the two QBs with better 2021 Heisman Trophy odds, Rattler has led Oklahoma to a 3-0 start, which certainly strengthens his odds. Nevertheless, he’ll likely have to put up more passing yards to compete with his competitors. That shouldn’t be too hard on a team averaging the sixth-most points (46.3) in college football this year. While he might trail by a decent margin right now, look for Rattler to get even better as the season progresses.