When the season began, it seemed like QB Spencer Rattler was the easy favorite for the Heisman this season. That Oklahoma offense has elevated players to that award in the past, and an undefeated season by the Sooners was expected, which certainly wouldn’t hurt his chances. But his season has certainly taken a turn away from “favorite” through the first month of the season.
Yes, there are a couple of favorites with QBs Matt Corral (Ole Miss) and Bryce Young (Alabama) both under +200. Beyond that, it really opens up. Here are some of the players who could be invited to New York with a chance to win the award in December.
JT Daniels +1400
Georgia has a great chance of having a memorable season and the Dawgs look destined to square off with Alabama in the SEC title game. If they do go undefeated, Daniels will be a big reason they got there, and he should have good enough numbers too. But Georgia might need to win a shootout or two though to prove it is him, and not their elite defense, that is carrying the team.
JT Daniels made this connection look too easy 👀 pic.twitter.com/yc4rst5VKt— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 29, 2020
Desmond Ridder +2000
Ridder’s chances are intertwined with his team. If he shines and Cincinnati runs the table all the way to being the first “Group of Five” team with a playoff invite, that is going to be a tough combination to overlook. He won’t put up crazy numbers though, because that is not the way that the Bearcats are built.
Anthony Brown +5000
The Oregon Ducks have a great chance to make the playoffs this season. That Ohio State win on the road is as good as any team has this season, and Oregon will be favored the rest of the way. Similar to Ridder, it is going to be hard to ignore the triggerman for a team that makes the playoffs, but he and the team cannot afford a mistake. Brown is a mobile quarterback who makes the right plays, but he is also not going to dazzle with individual brilliance.
Sean Clifford +10000
If you like Penn State to win the Big Ten then you might want to make this bet in tandem. Clifford is going to have multiple chances to have Heisman moments this season, and thanks to a big-play receiver he might be made to look better than he is. He is tough and mobile, just like Ridder and Brown. And if you are not going to put up major stats, you need some gutty plays, and Clifford can definitely do that.
Sean Clifford and Jahan Dotson made it look easy on Penn State’s first play pic.twitter.com/ztRQCZ3AXF— StateCollege.com (@StateCollegecom) September 25, 2021
Sincere McCormick +20000
Playing for UTSA, it is going to be hard for McCormick to get into the mix, but he has two things going for him. The first is the strong likelihood of the Roadrunners having a perfect season. The second is a chance to lead the country in a major stat like rushing yards. If he puts those two together, he just might gain enough attention to win the award. You might not want to bet on it given the school, but his value at this price might be better than Clifford or Brown right now.
Picture Credit: The Heisman Trophy Twitter