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

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Sam Herder Sep 09, 2021, 12:53 PM

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 RATTLER900

800

DJ UIAGALELEI

12001100
CJ STROUD1400

1600

JT DANIELS

15001200
MATT CORRAL1800

2500

DESMOND RIDDER

20005000
SAM HOWELL2500

1600

BIJAN ROBINSON

25003000
KEDON SLOVIS3000

2800

BREECE HALL

40004000
D’ERIQ KING4000

2000

JACK COAN

400010000
JAYDEN DANIELS4000

3000

EMORY JONES

50004000
BROCK PURDY5000

4000

TANK BIGSBY

66006500
DORIAN THOMPSON-ROBINSON6600

6500

DILLON GABRIEL

66006500
BO NIX8000

10000

MCKENZIE MILTON

80005000
BRIAN ROBINSON8000

5000

MICHAEL PENIX JR

100005000
JOE MILTON10000

15000

SEAN CLIFFORD

1000010000
KYREN WILLIAMS10000

15000

TAULIA TAGOVAILOA

1000015000
DEREK STINGLEY10000

10000

KENNY PICKETT

100002800
JOHN METCHIE10000

8000

TYLER SHOUGH

1000010000
ZAMIR WHITE10000

10000

ISAIAH SPILLER

1250012500
MASTER TEAGUE12500

5000

MAX JOHNSON

150008000
GARRETT WILSON15000

15000

MAX DUGGAN

1500012500
JASE MCCLELLAN15000

8000

GRAHAM MERTZ

2000010000
XAVIER HUTCHINSON30000

20000

GRANT WELLS

3000020000
CASEY THOMPSON30000

5000

ADRIAN MARTINEZ

3000015000
KAYVON THIBODEAUXOff the board

20000

MOHAMED IBRAHIM

Off the board15000
HENDON HOOKEROff the board

10000

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and 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 writer for BetMGM and 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.