Bryce Young’s Heisman Odds Shoot Up After Week 1 Performance

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Sam Herder @SamHerderFCS Sep 09, 2021, 11:43 AM

Before Bryce Young started a game as Alabama’s quarterback, head coach Nick Saban said the sophomore has approached “ungodly numbers” in NIL deals. Now, whether you’re a great, good, or above-average starting QB for the Crimson Tide, you’re still Alabama’s QB1, which comes with plenty of name recognition. So it makes sense that Young was cashing in on deals before playing any meaningful reps.

But the college football betting odds felt confident the five-star recruit wouldn’t be a good or above-average quarterback. He was going to be a great one.

Young was the No. 2 favorite to win the Heisman trophy when the odds opened at BetMGM. His +1000 odds were behind Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (+800).

One game later, and Young has soared to the top.

Young went 27-of-38 passing for 344 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions in No. 1 Alabama’s 44-13 win against No. 15 Miami. His odds to win the Heisman went from +1000 to +425. 

Rattler’s odds dropped from +800 to +900 after going 30-of-39 for 304 yards, one touchdown, and two picks against Tulane.

The biggest rise after Week 1 was Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder. His Heisman’s odds went from +5000 to +2000 after throwing for 295 yards (20-of-25), four touchdowns, and one interception versus Miami (OH).

Current Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy

Player

Current Odds (+) Odds on 8/23/21 (+)

BRYCE YOUNG

425

1000

SPENCER RATTLER 900

800

DJ UIAGALELEI

1200 1100
CJ STROUD 1400

1600

JT DANIELS

1500 1200
MATT CORRAL 1800

2500

DESMOND RIDDER

2000 5000
SAM HOWELL 2500

1600

BIJAN ROBINSON

2500 3000
KEDON SLOVIS 3000

2800

BREECE HALL

4000 4000
D’ERIQ KING 4000

2000

JACK COAN

4000 10000
JAYDEN DANIELS 4000

3000

EMORY JONES

5000 4000
BROCK PURDY 5000

4000

TANK BIGSBY

6600 6500
DORIAN THOMPSON-ROBINSON 6600

6500

DILLON GABRIEL

6600 6500
BO NIX 8000

10000

MCKENZIE MILTON

8000 5000
BRIAN ROBINSON 8000

5000

MICHAEL PENIX JR

10000 5000
JOE MILTON 10000

15000

SEAN CLIFFORD

10000 10000
KYREN WILLIAMS 10000

15000

TAULIA TAGOVAILOA

10000 15000
DEREK STINGLEY 10000

10000

KENNY PICKETT

10000 2800
JOHN METCHIE 10000

8000

TYLER SHOUGH

10000 10000
ZAMIR WHITE 10000

10000

ISAIAH SPILLER

12500 12500
MASTER TEAGUE 12500

5000

MAX JOHNSON

15000 8000
GARRETT WILSON 15000

15000

MAX DUGGAN

15000 12500
JASE MCCLELLAN 15000

8000

GRAHAM MERTZ

20000 10000
XAVIER HUTCHINSON 30000

20000

GRANT WELLS

30000 20000
CASEY THOMPSON 30000

5000

ADRIAN MARTINEZ

30000 15000
KAYVON THIBODEAUX Off the board

20000

MOHAMED IBRAHIM

Off the board 15000
HENDON HOOKER Off the board

10000

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Sam Herder

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Sam Herder is a football writer for BetMGM and the Senior FCS Analyst for BetMGM affiliate HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.

Sam Herder is a football writer for BetMGM and the Senior FCS Analyst for BetMGM affiliate HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.