But before we go into our betting choice, let’s take a gander at the current lines to win the 2022 Heisman, as set by the most popular sportsbooks. While dozens upon dozens of college players have odds to win, the ones featured below have the best chances right now:
|Bryce Young (Alabama)
|CJ Stroud (Ohio State)
|JT Daniels (Georgia)
|Dillon Gabriel (Oklahoma)
|Tyler Van Dyke (Miami)
|DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson)
|Quinn Ewers (Texas)
|Will Anderson (Alabama)
2022 Heisman Betting Picks
Since there are so many betting choices here, our 2022 Heisman betting picks will include two players and another player to avoid bet-wise. It’s smart to take this approach when so many quality betting candidates exist. Speaking of which, let’s get into our do’s and don’t’s of betting the upcoming Heisman race:
Fade The Favorite To Win
On paper, it makes complete sense why Bryce Young is the odds-on betting favorite, per the bookies offering football betting. The reigning Heisman Trophy holder dazzled in 2021 before earning the nod. His stat line a year ago (regular season only) includes 46 total touchdowns, a mere four interceptions, and a completion percentage of 68. He did all of this in his sophomore campaign (his first as the starter) and one would assume he’d improve in his third (and presumably last) year at Alabama. But we’re here to tell you to NOT bet on Young to repeat as the Heisman winner.
Why? We’ll because if Young were to go back-to-back in the Heisman, it would be almost uncharted territory. It’s only been done one other time in the history of the award — coincidentally, by a different ‘Bama standout, Archie Griffin, who won consecutive times in 1974 and 1975. To pull off the historic achievement, Young will have to one-up his 2021 numbers, which as we showed before, are already sizzling as is.
Moreover, we saw Young come undone in the national championship game when his wide receiver unit was depleted by injuries. Now those same pass-catchers that struggled mightily against Georgia will be thrust into starting lineup (the Tide’s two injured starters are now NFL-bound). If that unit doesn’t improve, Young will be immensely affected and negatively so. All things considered, we’re skipping a bet on the reigning Heisman champ.
Bet Stroud For Heisman
Up until the final two weeks of the 2021 season, Ohio State signal caller C.J. Stroud was in the driver’s seat for the Heisman. A bad loss to Michigan unraveled Stroud’s Heisman hopes, but he exploded onto the scenes for the Buckeyes despite never throwing a pass prior to 2021. As a redshirt freshman, Stroud boasted a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 38:5. Behind him, the Buckeyes had the nation’s best offense in most statistical categories.
Stroud’s full potential was on display during the Rose Bowl. Despite two starting wideouts opting out of the game, Stroud shredded Utah’s defense to the tune of 573 passing yards and six touchdowns. Unlike Alabama, there’s little doubt Ohio State is loaded at the receiver position, including Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who might be the most unguardable pass-catcher in the nation. Nijba will be back in 2022 and so will Stroud with a full year as a starter under his belt.
With so much to the Buckeyes’ No. 1-ranked offense returning this season, we expect Stroud to light up the nation for a second straight year. So long as Ohio State can clean up the defense, they will be in the national title game picture which will also vaunt Stroud in the Heisman voting. Hammer the sophomore-to-be at +350 odds!
Take A Flyer Bet On Will Anderson
Look, we’re very well aware that the Heisman is a quarterback’s award, especially this century. Since 2000, only four non-quarterbacks have won the award — Reggie Bush (2005), Mark Ingram Jr. (2009), Derrick Henry (2015), and DeVonta Smith (2020). Curiously, three of those exceptions came from Alabama but none of them were defensive players like Tide linebacker Anderson. In fact, it’s been 25 long years since a defender won the Heisman (Charles Woodson in 1997).
Despite all this, we think Anderson at +400 is worth a (small) wager. He finished fifth in the voting last year after an unreal season that included 31.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks — both of which were tops in the country. The junior is an absolute game-wrecker the likes we haven’t seen in college football in a long, long time. If Anderson can outdo his 2021 numbers, then he’ll have a strong case to win the Heisman. It’s not a small if, but hey, at these steep odds, it’s worth taking a chance on, especially for a one-man wrecking ball like Anderson is.
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