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College football will be here in no time and yes, every season is hard to predict because of the many surprises that always take place but don’t worry, OddsTrader will give you all the resources needed to make informed decisions and win your bets, whether on weekly NCAAF odds or for your college football championship bets.

Below we will reveal some candidates to win the Heisman Trophy this year, including their odds and share what to expect from them and why you should place a bet on each and when.

C.J. Stroud, Ohio State Quarterback (+400 at BetMGM)

C.J. Stroud completed 37 of 46 passes for 573 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in Ohio State’s epic 48-45 win at the Rose Bowl to close his season on January 1. It was his second year as a starter for Ohio State and he is leading an offense that has averaged over 41 points per game every year since 2016.

Stroud ranked second in the nation with 10.1 Passing Yards Per Attempt last season and while wideouts Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are now in the NFL, he’ll be surrounded with talent again this year.

Star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is back and Stroud can make plenty of highlights with him and Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka. This can be a good receiving corps and Ohio State has a strong offensive line and the huge home games in NCAAF Week 1 against Notre Dame and to end the regular season against Michigan can help Stroud’s case to win the Heisman.

2021 Season Stats

  • 4,435 passing yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games
  • 71.9 Pass Completion Percentage, 10.1 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • 186.6 Passer Rating, 91.6 Total Quarterback Rating

When to Bet on Him: In the first month of the season because Stroud is a frontrunner and he can win voters over with a strong start.


Bryce Young, Alabama Quarterback (+400 at FanDuel)

Winning the Heisman Trophy in consecutive seasons is not an easy feat. Only Ohio State running back Archie Griffin has won this award in back-to-back years (1974 and 1975). Bryce Young has a great chance at making history if he can continue his dominant performance from last year into his junior season.

Young already has a very impressive resume. As a sophomore, he led Alabama to the College Football National Championship Game. It was his first year as a starter and he finished in the top 10 with 4,872 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and an 87.6 Total Quarterback Rating.

The 20-year-old established several single-season program records for passing yards and touchdowns while setting a new SEC Championship Game record with 421 passing yards.

The departures of Jameson Williams, John Metchie III and Slade Bolden leave the Alabama receiving corps with a few questions but they still have Traeshon Holden and they recruited four-star wideouts Aaron Anderson and Kobe Prentice.

I do see Young having a very good year but asking him to match his production of last season after losing so many weapons is too much. That said, his talent can lead to decent numbers and they can be enough for him to make more history.

2021 Season Stats

  • 4,872 passing yards, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 15 games
  • 66.9 Pass Completion Percentage, 8.9 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • 167.5 Passer Rating, 87.6 Total Quarterback Rating

When to Bet on Him: In the first month of the season because Young is a frontrunner, just like Stroud and he can win voters over with a strong start.


Caleb Williams, USC Quarterback (+1200 at FanDuel)

USC is at a crossroads and Caleb Williams’ performance can make or break their immediate future. The transfer portal saw this team make several major additions and suffer some losses but Williams is the X-Factor as the Lincoln Riley era begins.

No one questions that Williams is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the nation and while he lacked polish during as a freshman at Oklahoma, he can produce at an elite level if he’s an improved player this year. USC is an esteemed program in college football and if Caleb Williams can lead them back to prominence then it will definitely put him in the Heisman conversation.

2021 Season Stats (With Oklahoma)

  • 1,912 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 games
  • 64.5 Pass Completion Percentage, 9.1 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • 169.6 Passer Rating, 86.5 Total Quarterback Rating
  • 442 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 79 carries

When to Bet on Him: Early in the offseason because Williams is a sleeper pick but don’t bet too much, there’s a reason why he’s a dark horse.

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DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson Quarterback (+3000 at FanDuel)

DJ Uiagalelei was among the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy last year but he underperformed in his first year as the starter. Yes, he had some big shoes to fill after what Trevor Lawrence did for the program but it can’t be denied that Uiagalelei’s numbers were to put it kindly, abysmal.

Uiagalelei averaged just 6.0 Passing Yards Per Attempt and he threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (nine) in 13 games. The good news for him is that there’s nowhere to go but up.

The Clemson coaching staff experienced some turnover and Uiagalelei is reportedly committed to lose weight, which is why many sportsbooks have him as a top six candidate to win the Heisman. We can expect some improvement but will it be dramatic enough for him to take home this prestigious award?

2021 Season Stats

  • 2,246 passing yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 games
  • 55.6 Pass Completion Percentage, 6.0 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • 108.7 Passer Rating, 43.2 Total Quarterback Rating
  • 308 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 105 carries

When to Bet on Him: Early in the offseason, because Uiagalelei is a sleeper pick just like Williams.  

Tyler Van Dyke, Miami Quarterback (+3000 at FanDuel)

Can Miami become a respected ACC team once again? Tyler Van Dyke can help them achieve this. Miami turned to Van Dyke late last season and was up for the challenge, finishing with 2,931 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games, completing 62.3 percent of his passes.

Van Dyke has displayed excellent touch with his throws and he’s proven that he can hit big plays downfield, though his down-to-down accuracy was errant at times. This year he’ll be surrounded by very talented players and they can’t help him reach new heights.

It’s a big if but a Miami win against Texas A&M at College Station in Week 3 could help Van Dyke’s Heisman dreams. But that’s not all, Van Dyke also has to clean up some aspects of his game.

New head coach Mario Cristobal can help Miami take a step forward but new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is someone who can unlock Van Dyke’s potential.

The 2021 Broyles Award winner had been the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Michigan since 2019 and he’s coming off a strong season, helping lead them to the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff. Gattis’ presence puts Van Dyke

2021 Season Stats

  • 2,931 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in 10 games
  • 62.3 Pass Completion Percentage, 9.0 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • 160.1 Passer Rating, 80.1 Total Quarterback Rating

When to Bet on Him: Early in the offseason, because Van Dyke is a sleeper pick just like Williams and Uiagalelei.

Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss Quarterback (+3000 at FanDuel)

Jaxson Dart played just six games at USC last season but he made an impact right away. An injury to starting quarterback Kedon Slovis opened the door for him and he stepped up with a breakout performance in the 45-14 road win against Washington State on September 18, completing 30 of 46 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.

Dart entered the transfer portal as one of the best signal-callers available and Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin hand-picked him to run the offense. Ole Miss won 10 games last season and their relevance in the SEC can bring a lot of attention to Dart’s performances.

This team averaged 39.4 points and 33.7 points per game in their first two years under Lane Kiffin and Dart can have plenty of impressive performances there.

2021 Season Stats (With USC)

  • 1,353 passing yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions in six games
  • 61.9 Pass Completion Percentage, 7.2 Passing Yards Per Attempt
  • 132.5 Passer Rating, 67.7 Total Quarterback Rating

When to Bet on Him: Early in the offseason, because Dart is a sleeper pick just like Williams, Uiagalelei and Van Dyke.

Should You Bet on the Heisman Trophy Winner Late in the Season?

Yes, place a bet in the last two weeks of October because you will know which players are in the running. No one will join the conversation out of nowhere that late in the season.

When the end of the season is in sight you will be able to predict who will make the conference championship games and see which players can have Heisman moments.

This strategy is bold and it doesn’t always pan out but by then you will definitely know what certain players have to do to win this award, not to mention that now you have three windows to bet and three strategies to make a profit.