College football delivered its weekly dose of drama, delight, and the downright diabolical again in Week 2. With a quartet of quarterbacks handing out high-fives, how did this weekend’s action impact the Heisman Trophy odds?
Heisman Trophy odds following Week 2
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama +350
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss +600
Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma +600
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State +1000
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson +1800
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati +2000
JT Daniels, QB, Georgia +2200
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina +2500
D’Eriq King, QB, Miami (FL) +4000
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas +4000
DraftKings continue to cut Corral’s Heisman Trophy odds
As the Ole Miss quarterback continues to carve up college football defenses, DraftKings has again cut his odds of winning the Heisman Trophy. Matt Corral was one of a handful of Heisman hopefuls who served up a round of high-fives in Week 2, throwing for 5 touchdowns in a 54-17 win over Austin Peay.
The 2022 NFL Draft prospect threw for 281 yards in the victory. Although he didn’t find the end zone with his legs as he did against Louisville, Corral still flashed his dynamic ability on the ground with 35 yards on 8 carries. A true dual-threat, the Ole Miss signal-caller sizzles on every snap. In another outing without a turnover, Corral is entertaining, productive, and he’s guiding his team to victories week in, week out.
His play is the very definition of Heisman Trophy-worthy — the latest odds seem to agree. DraftKings once again slashed his odds in half. He started the season at +2500, dropping to +1200 after Week 1. Following another dominant performance, he’s now at +600. Last week, I said it might be wise to get behind Corral before his odds fall any further. If you didn’t, you might have already missed the boat on the king of Mississippi.
Quarterbacks continue to dominate the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy odds
Much like the NFL MVP award, the Heisman Trophy continues to be a quarterback-oriented award. The chances of a wide receiver repeating DeVonta Smith’s historic victory of last season seem few and far between. This is evident with quarterbacks filling nine of the top 10 places in the latest Heisman Trophy odds.
While it’s hard to draw conclusions from a Week 2 slate that featured quarterbacks feasting on cupcake clashes, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young continued to impress. DraftKings dropped his odds slightly from +400 last week to +350 after the Crimson Tide signal-caller crafted 227 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 48-14 win over Mercer.
Meanwhile, preseason Heisman Trophy favorite Spencer Rattler recovered his odds to +600 after throwing 5 touchdowns and 243 yards in the first half of a 76-0 win over Western Carolina. After seeing his odds lengthen after a dismal Week 1 performance, North Carolina’s Sam Howell held firm at +2500 after throwing 3 touchdowns and rushing for 2 scores in a 59-17 win over Georgia State.
Standout Saturday for some Heisman long shots
Aside from an inexplicable catapulting of D’Eriq King into its midst, the top 10 of the Heisman Trophy odds remained relatively stagnant following college football Week 2. However, there were some standout performances from some potential long-shot Heisman hopefuls outside of the usual suspects.
Take Malik Willis, for example. I’m the self-confessed driver of the “Willis for Heisman” train, but it’s hard to argue that there’s a quarterback more instrumental for their team right now than the mobile marvel. Willis puts the fire into the Flames, and he threw for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 21-13 win over Troy. Not impressed? He also put up 93 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.
DraftKings will currently give you odds of +7500 for Willis to lift the Heisman Trophy.
Other notable quarterback Heisman Trophy odds
If the nation’s leading passer should be considered a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, allow me to introduce you to the +30000 odds of Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe. The former Houston Baptist QB has effortlessly transitioned to the FBS with the help of the WKU Air Raid offense. Zappe currently leads the nation with 429.5 yards per game.
Zappe threw for 435 yards and 3 touchdowns in a game where the Hilltoppers couldn’t stop Army’s triple-option offense from racking up 339 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.
Other impressive quarterback performances came from Kenny Pickett (+15000), Anthony Richardson (+10000), and Carson Strong (+15000). The Nevada quarterback is a sneaky bet given his ascending reputation as a 2022 NFL Draft prospect.
Leading running back, wide receiver, and defensive candidates after Week 2
Although Texas running back Bijan Robinson continues to be the only non-quarterback in the top 10, his Heisman Trophy odds were considerably lengthened after a disappointing outing on Saturday night. DraftKings bumped him out to +4000 from +2500 following his 69 yards at 3.6 yards per carry. Robinson was also a non-factor in the passing game, as the brakes were well and truly pumped on the “Texas is back” train.
If any running back is to follow in Derrick Henry’s boots as the last winner from the position, the smart money would be with Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III or Oregon’s CJ Verdell. Walker added 57 yards to his season tally on just 7 carries in a 42-14 win over Youngstown State. Michigan State’s sensation has averaged 10.7 yards per carry through two games while gaining the fourth-most total yards in the nation.
Walker is currently at +7500 with DraftKings. Meanwhile, they cut Verdell’s odds to +8000 following a commanding performance in Oregon’s shock win over Ohio State. Equally impressive with the ball on the ground and as a receiver, Verdell generated 195 total yards and 3 scores.
A three-way wide receiver tie at +8000
The latest Heisman Trophy odds have a three-way tie for a wide receiver to win the award. Ohio State’s dominant duo of Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are joined at +8000 by Alabama’s John Metchie III. The Alabama receivers’ odds have lengthened after his 70-yard, 0-touchdown performance against Mercer.
Despite defeat, Ohio State’s pass catchers combined for 243 yards and a touchdown. They continue to go toe to toe for the right to be named the top wide receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft class.
While it remains unlikely that we see a defensive Heisman Trophy winner, DraftKings will give you odds of +20000 on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr.