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Heisman Watch for Week 1 of College Football

C.J. Stroud leads the odds to win the Heisman Trophy after Week 0. We take a look at the current odds to win the biggest prize in college football.

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Week 1 of the 2022 college football season has finally arrived and hope springs eternal for every team across the country with a new season getting underway. Several players around the country also have hopes of having a good enough season to hoist up the Heisman Trophy at the end of the year.

We’ll take a look at some of the top candidates for the award heading into Week 1 and their odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.


C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Stroud is the official frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy as he’s installed at +220 odds to win the award on DraftKings Sportsbook. The Buckeye quarterback bursted onto the scene as a redshirt freshman last season and nearly rewrote the Ohio State record books. He completed 72% of his passes for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns, and just six interceptions. Those single-season yards and touchdown numbers were the second-most in program history behind Dwayne Haskins’ legendary 2018 season.

He has an opportunity to make a good impression in front of the entire college football world on Saturday when Ohio State hosts Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

Young is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner and has a shot to become just the second two-time winner of the award in history this season. He rewrote the Alabama school record books last season on his way to becoming the second straight Crimson Tide player to win the award. His 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns were both single-season school records and he only got popped for seven interceptions.

Alabama will host Utah State at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

Caleb Williams, QB, USC

After a whirlwind offseason in Los Angeles, we’ll finally see the USC debuts of both head coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams on Saturday when the Trojans hos t Rice at 6 p.m. ET on the Pac-12 Network.

Williams entered last season as Oklahoma’s prized five-star quarterback prospect from the 2021 recruiting class. Backing up preseason Heisman frontrunner Spencer Rattler to start the season, the Washington D.C. product took over midway through OU’s rivalry showdown against Texas and led the Sooners to a dramatic comeback win. From there, he supplanted Rattler as the starter in Norman, OK, and ended the year with 1,912 yards and 21 touchdowns through the air while also compiling 442 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. After the season, he promptly followed Riley to USC where he’ll have big expectations right out the gate.

Will Anderson Jr., OLB, Alabama

Anderson is enters the season with hopes of becoming the first Heisman Trophy winner to play exclusively on defense. He emerged as the most dominant defensive player in the country last season, compiling 101 total tackles, 31 TFLs, 17.5 sacks, and three passes defensed last year as the Crimson Tide once again made the College Football Playoff final. The long list of accolades he picked up included 2021 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, and unanimous All-American honors.

Here are the latest odds to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Heisman Trophy Odds September 14

Player Odds
Player Odds
CJ Stroud +260
Caleb Williams +320
Bryce Young +340
Stetson Bennett IV +1400
Will Anderson Jr. +2200
Dillon Gabriel +2800
JJ McCarthy +3000
Jahmyr Gibbs +3500
Anthony Richardson +3500
Hendon Hooker +4000
TreVeyon Henderson +4000
Bijan Robinson +4000
Tyler Van Dyke +4000
DJ Uiagalelei +4000
Will Rogers +5000
KJ Jefferson +5000
Sam Hartman +5000
Jordan Addison +5000
Cade Klubnik +6000
Will Levis +6000
Deuce Vaughn +7000
Drake Maye +7000
Spencer Sanders +7000
Devin Leary +7000
Jase McClellan +8000
Devon Achane +8000
Travis Dye +8000
Luke Altmyer +8000
Jaxson Dart +8000
Cameron Rising +8000
Braelon Allen +8000
Marvin Harrison Jr. +9000
Taulia Tagovailoa +9000
Sean Clifford +9000
Jaxon Smith-Njigba +9000
Jaren Hall +9000
Aidan O'Connell +10000
Malik Cunningham +10000
Blake Corum +10000
Spencer Rattler +10000
Jayden Daniels +10000
Jake Haener +10000
Tank Bigsby +10000
Hudson Card +10000
Grayson McCall +10000
Will Shipley +10000
Mohamed Ibrahim +10000
Kendall Milton +12000
Cade McNamara +12000
Graham Mertz +12000
Chris Rodriguez Jr. +12000
Haynes King +12000
Brennan Armstrong +12000
Zach Calzada +15000
Cameron Ward +15000
Blake Shapen +15000
Sean Tucker +15000
Michael Mayer +15000
Michael Penix Jr. +15000
Adrian Martinez +15000
Drew Pyne +15000
Jack Miller III +15000
Phil Jurkovec +15000
Zach Evans +15000
JT Daniels +15000
Payton Thorne +15000
Donovan Edwards +15000
Casey Thompson +20000
Conner Weigman +20000
Gerry Bohanon +20000
Jayden Reed +20000
Bo Nix +20000
Emory Jones +20000
Noah Sewell +20000
Tanner McKee +20000
Clayton Tune +20000
Brock Bowers +20000
Jarek Broussard +20000
Lyn-J Dixon +20000
Marvin Mims +20000
Kayshon Boutte +20000

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