\When the 2023 college football season began, last year’s winner Caleb Williams of Southern California was the player to beat in the Heisman Trophy odds. Quarterbacks Sam Hartman of Notre Dame, Quinn Ewers of Texas. J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, Cade Klubnik of Clemson, Joe Milton of Tennessee and Drew Allar of Penn State were all in the top 10 in the Heisman odds. You won’t find any of those names among the current front-runners.
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniel. Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. still lead the way in the college football betting lines when it comes to the Heisman Trophy race. Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison still has a chance to crash the party.
When looking at the best college football teams, Georgia (+230), Michigan (+275), Ohio State (+550), Alabama (+650), Oregon (+650), and Washington (+1200) lead the way with the best odds to win the 2023 NCAA football championship.
Here’s a look at the latest edition of the Heisman risers and fallers of the 2023 season heading into the final week of the regular season
LSU’s Daniels Rises to the Top
LSU may be out of the national championship picture but quarterback Jayden Daniels has moved to the top of the list of Heisman contenders.
In the last two games, Daniels is 42-for-56 passing for 785 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions. He has also rushed 22 times for 330 yards and four more scores in wins over Florida and Georgia State.
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Daniels went from +350 to -125 in the odds of winning the Heisman Trophy in the last week according to our sportsbook. LSU wraps up the regular season against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Oregon’s Bo Nix saw his Heisman Trophy odds go from even to +140 even after posting his second straight 400-yard passing game. He has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions in the last two games to give him 35 TDs and two interceptions this season.
Unlike Daniels, there is still a chance that Nix’s Oregon team can play for a conference title. If Oregon tops Oregon State on Friday, it will be Oregon and Washington in the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 1.
If that is the matchup, the top two challengers to Daniels could be sharing the spotlight. Washington quarterback Penix and Nix would square off since the Huskies have already punched their ticket into the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Penix completed a season-low 46.4% of his passes in a win over Oregon State and his Heisman odds now sit at +600.
Harrison Still Trying to Catch On
It is amazing what one quiet game can do to an elite pass catcher in the Heisman race.
Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. wasn’t asked to do much in a 37-3 win over Minnesota as he had three catches and 30 yards. Harrison did score a touchdown for the seventh game in a row.
His Heisman odds went from +500 to +3000. Harrison has gone over 1,000 yards for the second straight season and he is tied for second nationally with 13 touchdown catches.
The good news is that more than a few Heisman voters will be keeping tabs on Saturday’s clash against Michigan, so with a big game, Harrison can make a run at the top three candidates.
No Encore for Williams
Caleb Williams of Southern California was the Pac-12 quarterback drawing all the attention coming into the season as he was attempting to join former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin as the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.
That is not going to happen as USC lost five of its last six games. His numbers (3,957 passing yards, 31 touchdown passes, five interceptions) are nothing to apologize for but Williams’ Heisman hopes ended when a three-interception game in a loss to Notre Dame.
Tough Way to Go Out
This is not the ending that quarterback Jordan Travis envisioned when he took over as the Florida State starter back in 2020.
In the transfer portal era, Travis waited around after being a backup in 2019 and was rewarded with an impressive four-year run with the Seminoles.
He saved his best for last as Travis threw for 2,756 yards with 20 touchdown passes and two interceptions in 11 games before suffering a season-ending leg injury in last week’s win over North Alabama.
Travis has also run for seven touchdowns.
He won’t be playing in this week’s game against Florida or in the ACC title game.
Travis was a long shot in the Heisman odds before the injury as he was priced at +5000 to win the award last week. Now he is being removed from the oddsboard.
Matchup of the Week
Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Wolverines
Saturday, Nov. 25, Noon ET (FOX)
It doesn’t get much bigger than this as the winner of this game will win the Big Ten East Division title and then face Iowa in the Big Ten title game. Barring a stunning upset by Iowa, the winner of this game should start making plans for the College Football Playoffs.
While Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy and running back Blake Corum have fallen off the pace in the Heisman race, this is a make-or-break week for Harrison in his quest to win the Heisman Trophy.
Harrison and the Buckeyes are listed as 3½-point underdogs according to the college football spreads in this matchup.
Questions Of The Day
Who is the most undervalued Heisman contender?
Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. should be a little closer to the top three contenders in the Heisman race.
Who is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this year?
After another huge game, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels has the best odds of winning the Heisman Trophy.