Welcome back to the weekly look at the risers and fallers in the Heisman Trophy odds.
When looking at the college football predictions, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams is still setting the pace. The Southern California quarterback is priced at +450 to become just the second player to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies.
There was plenty of movement when it came to the Heisman Trophy contenders even if many of the top teams played overmatched opponents in Week 1 of the college football season.
There is still plenty of football yet to be played so making declarations based on one game is not the best way to proceed. Still, when it comes to the college football betting lines, it is never too early to take a look at the trends when it comes to the Heisman Trophy odds.
Here’s a look at the first edition of the Heisman risers and fallers of the 2023 season.
Mile High Duo Shines
Coming into the season, Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders was priced at +15000 to win the Heisman Trophy while a search party was needed to find the odds for Travis Hunter.
— Colorado Buffaloes Football (@CUBuffsFootball) September 6, 2023
What a difference one game can make for two players who suited up at Jackson State during the 2022 season.
Sanders, son of Deion Sanders, was 38-of-47 passing for 510 yards with four touchdown passes to lead his father’s Colorado team to a 45-42 win over a Texas Christian team playing for the first time since losing to Georgia in the 2022 College Football Playoff title game
Hunter had 11 catches for 119 yards in the win. Did we mention he also played defense? Hunter had three tackles and an interception as the starting cornerback.
Hunter’s Heisman odds are now at +2500 and the only players with better odds are quarterbacks according to the Las Vegas college football odds.
Speaking of quarterbacks, Shedeur Sanders is now at +2600 in the Heisman odds. That puts him ahead of LSU’s Jayden Daniels and Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel among others.
Who’s Rising in Heisman Trophy Race?
Hunter and Sanders aren’t the only players seeing a major shift up the leaderboard in the Heisman Trophy odds
Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. is now the No. 2 choice when it comes to the Heisman Trophy odds. He moved from +1600 to +800 after passing for 450 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-19 win over Boise State.
After Florida State’s impressive season-opening win over LSU, FSU quarterback Jordan Travis saw his odds move from +1400 to +1000. Travis threw for 342 yards with four TD passes to go with 38 rushing yards and another touchdown.
FLORIDA STATE!!!! Jordan Travis ➡️ Jaheim Bell for the 44 yard TD! pic.twitter.com/109lFqzT8C
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Joe Milton of Tennessee and Drew Allar of Penn State both saw their odds move from +2500 to +2000, per the sportsbook.
Being the starting quarterback at Alabama comes with some perks and one of those is becoming a Heisman Trophy candidate – even with Milroe attempting just 18 passes in a win over Middle Tennessee State. Milroe moved from +5000 to +2000 in the Heisman odds.
Other than Hunter, the non-quarterback who made the biggest jump was Georgia tight end Brock Bowers, who is now at +6500 in the Heisman odds after making five catches in the season opener.
Who’s Falling in Heisman Trophy Race?
A Brian Kelly-coached team coming up short against a top-10 ranked team? Wow, who could have seen that coming?
Following the loss to Florida State, quarterback Jayden Daniels bore the brunt of the second-half collapse by Kelly’s LSU team. His odds went from +1000 to +2800 even after passing for 347 yards and running for 64 more.
Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord’s odds are now at +4000 after opening at +2200 while K.J. Jefferson of Arkansas saw his odds move from +6000 to +8000. Devin Brown, who lost the battle to be the starting QB at Ohio State, is now at +8000 in the Heisman odds.
Georgia quarterback Carson Beck (+1600 to +2800), North Carolina’s Drake Maye (+1600 to +2200) and Quinn Ewers of Texas (+1200 to +1600) are among the quarterbacks trending in the wrong direction after Week 1 of the college football season.
Little Love for RBs, WRs in Heisman Odds
Not all positions are created equal when it comes to the Heisman Trophy.
There are 17 players with Heisman odds between +450 and +3000 and 16 of them are quarterbacks.
Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison had a quiet season opener (18 yards on two receptions) and his odds went from +2500 to +4000.
— IUHoosierFan12 (@hoosier_fan12) September 4, 2023
OSU running back TreVeyon Henderson’s odds are now at +6000 after opening at +4000 while Michigan running back Blake Corum (10 carries, 73 yards) saw his odds move from +2800 to +4000.
Running backs Quinshon Judkins of Ole Miss, Will Shipley of Clemson and Nick Singleton of Penn State saw little or no movement in their Heisman odds.
Matchup of the Week
- Texas Longhorns at Alabama Crimson Tide
Neither Milroe nor Ewers was asked to do too much in the season opener. Look for that to change in the most anticipated Week 2 matchup.
It is not the type of game that will win somebody the Heisman Trophy, but somebody could certainly lose the award on Saturday since this will be a game that Heisman Trophy voters will remember when it is time to cast the ballots.