Finalists for College Football’s top individual award were announced earlier this week, and one of the four players stands as a heavy favorite in the 2022 Heisman odds.
The Heisman Trophy remains one of the most iconic awards in all of sports. For college football, this honor goes to the game’s most outstanding player. Awarded since 1935, this year’s crop of finalists for the award feature four quarterbacks from competitive programs. That said, the 2022 Heisman Trophy odds tilt heavy toward one of these signal callers.
On Monday, December 5th, ESPN announced the four finalists for the 88th annual Heisman Trophy award. Georgia’s Stetson Bennett, TCU’s Max Duggan, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and USC’s Caleb Williams earned their place among the final four thanks to their play this season, and one of these young men will take home the honor on December 10th, during the nationally televised presentation ceremony.
This year lacks some of the normal intrigue heading into the final days before the award presentation, considering there’s a heavy favorite. Here’s a look at the 2022 Heisman Trophy odds heading into the ceremony.
Best 2022 Heisman Trophy Odds
Picking the winner for the Heisman Trophy is normally a difficult task, but the odds boards in 2022 tilt heavily toward USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams. That said, in three of the last four years, the award winner started the season either off the board entirely or as extreme longshots. That was the case for Kyler Murray (2018), Joe Burrow (2019), and Devota Smith (2020). Last year, Alabama’s Bryce Young won after the quarterback opened with the second shortest odds on boards.
While Williams didn’t open the season second on most boards, he was among the short list of players seeing shorter than 10/1 odds. Williams opened with +600 odds, behind only Young (+350) and C.J. Stroud (+200).
At BetMGM, TCU’s Max Duggan started the season off the board, while Georgia’s Stetson Bennett opened at +5000.
Heisman Odds Favorite: Caleb Williams, USC
Williams stands as the heavy favorite among Heisman odds finalists thanks to his impressive 2022 season. He became a USC’s starter after transferring from Oklahoma, coming over with head coach Lincoln Riley. Williams has registered 4,075 passing yards, fourth-most nationally, completing over 66 percent of his throws. He’s tied for the nation’s lead with 37 touchdown passes and has thrown just four interceptions this season.
Williams helped USC to an 11-2 season, breaking a school record for total offense along the way. His 47 total touchdowns lead the country. Should Williams win the award, he’d be the third such winner for coach Riley and the first Heisman winner for USC since Matt Leinart in 2004.
TCU’s Max Duggan forced his way onto Heisman odds boards with his play this season. The senior quarterback propelled TCU to the school’s first-ever berth in the College Football playoff and a 12-1 record. Duggan threw for 3,321 yards and 30 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also gained 404 rushing yards and scored six rushing touchdowns. He ranks top-10 nationally in yards per attempt (9.0) and quarterback rating (165.48).
Georgia’s Stetson Bennett threw for 3,425 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions while rushing for another 184 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior this season. Bennett helped the Bulldogs to a 13-0 season, the 2022 SEC championship, and the CFP’s top seed, not to mention last season’s national title. He steadily climbed Heisman odds board this season, jumping from +9000 to +2100 after his Week 1 performance against Oregon.
Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud opened as the preseason favorite for the 2022 Heisman Trophy after finishing fourth in last year’s voting. As a redshirt sophomore, Stroud threw for 3,340 yards and 37 touchdowns, with just six interceptions. He leads the nation in yards per play (8.75) and quarterback rating (176.25), and is co-leader in touchdown passes. He helped the Buckeyes to a 11-1 record and a spot in the CFP, leading an offense ranked No. 2 in the country in scoring (44.5). He’s the first quarterback in Big Ten Conference history to throw over 30 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons. Stroud spent most of the year atop Heisman odds boards, but faded late in the season after Ohio State’s loss to Michigan.