With ten weeks in the NCAA football books, the Heisman hopefuls are taking shape as we enter the backend of the college football season. There has been quite of bit of shakeup since our last update, with a running back rising considerably over the last five weeks.
The top of the board is still littered with quarterbacks, but a pair of running backs are in the conversation. Below is a list of the top 5, along with some outside shots still in contention for the prestigious trophy so you can bet against their Heisman Trophy odds.
NCAA Football – Updated Heisman Trophy Odds
Bryce Young, Quarterback, Alabama Crimson Tide – (+185)
Young topped this list five weeks ago, and the sophomore quarterback maintains his spot atop the odds board. The sophomore has kept the Crimson Tide offense rolling after the graduation of so many key players from last season’s championship team.
Young has thrown for 2,755 yards with 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his first season under center. He is completing 69.4% of his passes and leading the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the nation.
Kenneth Walker III, Running Back, Michigan State Spartans – (+300)
The biggest riser over the last month, Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III, has shot up the board and asserted himself as one of the top running backs in the nation. Walker helped the Spartans to eight-straight victories to start the season and a top-5 ranking before falling last week to Purdue.
The junior rusher has carried the ball 198 times for 1,340 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, and has found the endzone 15 times. Walker leads the nation in rushing yards and tenth in yards per carry.
Matt Corral, Quarterback, Ole Miss Rebels – (+450)
Matt Corral was the hottest name in college football over the first month of the season but has cooled off recently. Corral has been banged up over the last few weeks but still has the Rebels at 7-2 and third in the SEC West.
Ole Miss is 16th in the nation in scoring and 21st in passing offense. Corral has thrown 16 touchdowns to a pair of picks and is the team’s leading rusher with 528 yards and ten touchdowns.
CJ Stroud, Quarterback, Ohio State Buckeyes – (+450)
Another riser, the true freshman Stroud has taken command of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ offense that second in the nation in scoring. Stroud went on a four-game stretch where he threw 15 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Stroud is second in the Big Ten this season with 2,675 yards passing and leads the conference with 25 passing touchdowns. Stroud is the first of two true freshman quarterbacks to be in the Heisman conversation after two in a half months of play.
Caleb Williams, Quarterback, Oklahoma Sooners – (+850)
Five weeks ago, OU quarterback Spencer Rattler was on this list as one of the top playmakers in college football. Freshman Caleb Williams stepped in for Rattler and hasn’t given back the starting duties since.
Williams led the Oklahoma Sooners back against the Longhorns and is 3-0 as a starter under center. He’s thrown 14 touchdowns with one pick and has added four rushing touchdowns for good measure.
Other Notable Names
- Kenny Pickett, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Panthers – (+2000)
- Sam Hartman, Quarterback, Wake Forest Demon Deacons – (+2500)
- TreVeyon Henderson, Running Back, Ohio State Buckeyes – (+3500)