Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws a pass during the first quarter after the game in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) throws a pass during the first quarter after the game in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

2022 College Football: Betting Odds, Trends, and Best Bets for Heisman Market

WynnBET now has betting odds for the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, which is one of the more popular markets to bet on. 

Let’s take a look at these initial numbers — with some insights from the trading team — to help determine the best plays at this point in the offseason. All betting odds and information as of Tuesday, June 7.

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Betting Odds To Win 2022 Heisman Trophy

  • C.J. Stroud +220

  • Bryce Young +350

  • Caleb Williams +750

  • Bijan Robinson +2200

  • D.J. Uiagalelei +2500

  • TreVeyon Henderson +2800

  • Jahmyr Gibbs +2800

  • Jaxson Dart +3000

  • Dillon Gabriel +3000

  • Quinn Ewers +3300

  • Tyler Van Dyke +3500

  • Jackson Smith-Njigba +3500

  • Anthony Richardson +3600

  • JT Daniels +3800

  • Will Anderson Jr. +4000

  • Spencer Rattler +4100

  • JJ McCarthy +4600

  • Kedon Slovis +4600

  • Malik Cunningham +4700

  • Hendon Hooker +4800

  • Trelon Smith +5000

  • Aidan O’Connell +5000

  • More selections available at WynnBET

Here’s WynnBET Sr. Trader Motoi Pearson on what went into setting the opening numbers for this market:

We just want to be as competitive as the other shops and give the best prices possible, as we took our time opening our market up with our opinions baked in. There wasn't much we had to learn from last year as far as openers are concerned, although we will be more flexible with options now that we aren't offering a field and we can add players as the season goes on. We just want to be able to protect our opinions at the top of the market, and be smart on moving these middle-of-the-pack/longshots so we can give ourselves some breathing room and booking this market throughout the season.

— WynnBET Sr. Trader Motoi Pearson

C.J. Stroud Enters As Favorite

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is back to defend his crown after throwing for 4,872 passing yards and 47 touchdowns in his first season as a starter. The Crimson Tide, who lost in the national championship game, are widely considered the favorite to win it all entering the 2022-23 campaign.

Yet Young is not actually the preseason Heisman favorite via the opening odds at WynnBET’s online sportsbook. That title belongs to Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who was in contention for this award for much of last year.

WynnBET Jr. Trader Sky Cabell explains why:

We don't expect a repeat Heisman winner. Stroud was the leader until the last game of the season last season. With a strong group of receivers returning led by Smith-Njigba and (Marvin) Harrison Jr., we expect Stroud to improve on last year's numbers. Bryce will have a much larger adjustment after losing his top-two receivers to the draft and losing another to the transfer portal.

— WynnBET Jr. Trader Skyy Cabell

Stroud finished with 4,435 passing yards and 44 touchdowns in his first season with the Buckeyes last year. He and Young are expected to be the top quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Keep in mind that only one preseason favorite has won the Heisman award in the College Football Playoff era, dating back to 2014.

Popular Plays

Six of the last eight Heisman winners have been quarterbacks, so it should come as no surprise that the market wants to bet on signal callers.

Our trading team is expecting plenty of action on ACC quarterbacks. Transfer quarterbacks Caleb Williams and Quinn Ewers will likely attract bets, too, as members of programs with huge preseason expectations.

ACC will be the conference of quarterbacks this season with the deepest talent to choose from (Tyler) Van Dyke, (Devin) Leary, (Sam) Hartman, (Malik) Cunningham and long shots like (Brennan) Armstrong and (Phil) Jurkovec could see solid action. Most popular plays we expect would be Caleb Williams out at USC and possibly Quinn Ewers at Texas.

— WynnBET Jr. Trader Skyy Cabell

One Trend To Know

In my preseason article last summer, I mentioned that the Heisman winner is typically a quarterback on a winning team. This isn’t ground-breaking analysis, of course, but it is important to remember when placing Heisman bets.

Dating back to 2000, 18 of the 22 award winners were quarterbacks. Over that span, all but two of the Heisman selections were on teams who ended up winning double-digit games.

The standard might be even tougher in the CFP era, though it is a small-sample size. Lamar Jackson (2016) is the only player to win the Heisman and not be on a team that made the final four since the College Football Playoff began back in 2014.

Make sure you see a path to double-digit wins and a semifinal appearance when wagering on this market at WynnBET.

Best Bets

Admittedly, I did ignore my own advice by betting on Will Anderson Jr. to win the Heisman at a price of 60/1 with a different sportsbook. My hope is that we have a similar race to last season, in which nobody truly separated from the pack until the end. 

Michigan’s edge defender Aidan Hutchinson was a finalist for a Heisman last year, so I’m counting on Anderson to be in the mix. He honestly had an argument last season and is a contender for the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. It does help that Anderson is a star for a Crimson Tide squad that will win a lot of games, while voters will look for reasons to not pick Young for a second year in a row.

Anderson at 40/1 is not necessarily something I’d advocate for, however, because a defensive player has not won the award since 1997. As such, here are some other candidates that stood out to me:

Cameron Rising 80/1

USC has plenty of hype entering the year with Lincoln Riley at the helm, but the Utah Utes should still be the favorite to win the Pac 12. That puts this team in CFP contention, and quarterback Cameron Rising will have a big say in whether or not they accomplish that feat.

Utah was a different team after Rising took over last year, as he threw for 2,493 passing yards and 20 touchdowns in 13 games. Utah traded haymakers with Ohio State in last year’s Rose Bowl, and should certainly be getting more respect in the market entering the season.

Devin Leary 100/1

After being one of the best high school quarterbacks in New Jersey, Leary finally got his shot last season and led North Carolina State to a 9-3 season. He finished with a 35-5 TD-INT ratio and 3,433 passing yards in 12 games. Leary is now getting first-round buzz in the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Wolfpack will have to put together a historic season for Leary to come through as a long shot. But NC State is very much in the mix to contend for a league title. If they do that — and the rest of the college football landscape gets a little weird — perhaps that could open the door for Leary in this Heisman race. Hey, people were talking themselves into Sam Howell at a much worse number this time last year using that same logic.