Early September will be here before you know it, and with that comes the start of the 2022-2023 College Football season. With all of the preseason hype about what teams will be good, and what teams won’t, there is also a buzz about preseason Heisman Trophy candidates. The Heisman Trophy is given annually to the top player in College Football. This has been predominantly an award given to quarterbacks, and in looking at this year’s preseason favorites, the oddsmakers think that a quarterback will take home the Heisman again this season.
Let’s take a look at some of the Heisman Trophy odds favorites and maybe a sleeper pick to win this season’s Heisman Trophy.
Preseason 2022-23 Heisman Trophy Betting Favorites
The Early Season Favorites
- CJ Stroud – Ohio State +260
Stroud put up some huge numbers last season, and Ohio State’s offense could be even stronger this season. Stroud was in contention all season long, but with Bryce Young finishing the season on a hot streak, and the loss to Michigan, Stroud fell just short
In the final three games of last season, Stroud threw for nearly 1200 yards, with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. Stroud is also very good when he leaves the pocket. Even though he lost some key receivers from last year’s team, the outlook for this season could be even better.
Ohio State has some great receivers coming in with the freshman class, and Stroud still has star tailback TreVeyon Henderson at his disposal. After last year’s disappointing loss to Michigan, which eliminated them from playoff contention, Stroud and the Buckeyes will be back with a vengeance. Look for big things from Stroud and the OSU offense this season.
- Bryce Young – Alabama +650
How does last season’s Heisman winner not have better odds you ask? Well, for one, there has only been one person to win the Heisman twice, and that was Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 & 1975. It’s very hard to repeat, especially when teams will key their preparation on stopping you.
Young will once again have a great arsenal of weapons to throw to. Last season he threw for nearly 4800 yards with 47 touchdowns. Although he lost some key offensive pieces, the Crimson Tide never rebuild, they just reload. And they have once again reloaded with some very talented players.
Alabama will once again have a backfield loaded with five-star prospects, and they’ve brought in some five-star wide receivers to replace the departed ones. Young will be surrounded by talented skill players, and should have one of the top offensive lines in the country to protect him. He has been set up well to have a great shot at winning another Heisman Trophy.
Keep Your Eyes on this Sleeper
- Quinn Ewers – University of Texas +4000
Ewers was the top quarterback prospect heading into last season. He enrolled early at Ohio State, but with CJ Stroud in his way, Ewers decided to head back home and go to Texas to play for Steve Sarkisian.
Sarkisian has done a great job of building a great offense through recruiting and the transfer portal. Bijan Robinson will also be back to lead the backfield. Ewers will have no shortage of weapons at his disposal.
The pressure will be on Ewers to have a great season, as he knows that if he doesn’t play well, that Arch Manning will be headed to Texas the following season and could very well replace him. If you want to take a longshot, Ewers could earn you a lot of bang for your buck.