As the college football season begins to wind down, the race for the Heisman Trophy continues to heat up. Check out who Ryan thinks is going to win the Heisman Trophy with only a few games left to be played.
Handicapping the Heisman Trophy Race
The Heisman Trophy is one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, and it’s given to the best college football player each year. Betting on the Heisman Trophy is also a big betting market in the United States, especially as the season plays out.
Here are the current odds to win the Heisman Trophy:
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama +185
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss +250
CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State +500
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh +1000
Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma +1400
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State +1600
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati +2500
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State +2500
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas +4000
From the looks of that list, it appears that the Heisman Trophy race is still wide open, but that’s not the case. There are only a handful of players that can win this award, and it might already be wrapped up.
Running Backs Have No Shot
There are three running backs on the list above, and all three are having monster seasons. The problem is that this award is now typically only given to quarterbacks as they play the most important position.
Kenneth Walker of Michigan State has been the best player on this list, and he has the Spartans sitting at 7-0. If the Spartans are able to win the Big Ten Championship this season then there could be a case made for the Michigan State star.
Henderson and Robinson have also seen their odds improve as the season goes along, but each team already has a loss. This will make for a fun race to win the Doak Walker Award for best college running back, but these players aren’t going to win the Heisman.
There have been some running backs who have won the Heisman Trophy in the past, but those were some of the legends of the game.
Individual Award, But Team Success Matters
Matt Corral of Ole Miss is having a monster season at the quarterback position, and he has arguably been the best player in the country this season. Corral has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards this season while also throwing 15 touchdowns.
Ole Miss enters Week 9 with a record of 6-1, but that lone loss was a blowout to Alabama. The fact that the Rebels likely aren’t going to win the SEC Award is going to hurt his chances of winning the Heisman.
This feels like it’s now a two-man race between Bryce Young of Alabama and CJ Stroud of Ohio State. There is a great chance that both players will lead their teams to the College Football Playoff, and that will help garner more votes.
Voters are supposed to look only at what has transpired this season, but there is definitely an SEC/Alabama bias when it comes to this award. At this point seeing anyone other than Young win the Heisman would feel like an upset.