Heisman Watch: Ranking the Top 5 Heisman Odds Candidates Heading into Week 7

In this week's Heisman watch, we take a look at the five favorites to win the award in 2021 prior to Week 7, according to the latest Heisman Trophy odds
Brian Good
Fri, October 15, 5:36 AM EDT

Heisman Watch: Ranking the Top 5 Heisman Odds Candidates Heading into Week 7

You know Heisman Watch 2021 is here because you can’t go a single week without hearing how someone on your favorite team is making a push for the award or the frontrunner to take it home. But, this season’s Heisman odds are a bit funny.

Last week, Bryce Young pulled ahead of Matt Corral to take the lead in the latest Heisman odds. This week, Corral and Young are neck-and-neck as either one looks for speration.

But, the real Heisman odds story for this Week 7 edition of Heisman Watch is the first appearance of a running back on our list. Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III cannot be stopped and the Spartans are off to an unbeaten 6-0 record. As a result, he’s made his way into the Top-5 Heisman odds for the 2021 campaign.

Next week, the Heisman odds will be much different, I’m sure of it. But, let’s take a peek at the top-5 now for this week’s Heisman Watch.

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Heisman Watch: Top 5 Heisman Odds

1. Matt Corral – Ole Miss QB (+210)

Bryce Young and Corral are actually tied for the shortest odds at almost every sportsbook. But, Corral is moving in the right direction while Young’s Heisman odds got longer this week, so the top spot goes to Mat Corral.

This past week, Corral threw for 287 yards and two TDs while rushing for 94 yards and two more scores in a win over Arkansas. This was the second test for Ole Miss in as many weeks. They fell to Alabama in Week 5, as most teams do, but responded with a big win over a good Arkansas team the next week.

This stat line from Corral looks like something you’d see in NCAA Football 14. He was not only accurate, but he made great decisions and put his team in position to win all afternoon. He deserves the top spot this week.

2. Bryce Young – Alabama QB (+225)

Last week’s shocking upset came in the form of unranked Texas A&M taking down unbeaten and top-ranked Alabama. The loss, understandably, hurts Bryce Young’s Heisman odds. But, Young still put up big numbers, throwing for 369 yards and three TDs.

Here’s the thing. Young, despite putting up big numbers on the stat sheet, was far from perfect. He looked inaccurate at times and he and his receivers looked out of sync. The Alabama offensive line didn’t do him any favors either, making him throw from an ugly pocket almost all afternoon.

If Alabama fixes its issues, wins an SEC title, and makes the CFP this December, This loss to Texas A&M won’t matter for Bryce Young’s Heisman hopes. But, if this is foreshadowing for more things to come, Young could see himself continually drop on our Heisman Watch list.

3. CJ Stroud – Ohio State QB (+1000)

I hope you took my advice last week and bet on CJ Stroud to win the Heisman because his Heisman odds have already been completely slashed thanks to last week’s performance. Ohio State hosted a solid Maryland team and made quick work of the Terrapins.

Stroud’s stat line was insane, throwing for 406 yards and five TDs in a 66-17 win. In the last two weeks, Stroud has thrown for 736 yards, 10 TDs and 0 INTs while completing 73.2% of his passes. Whatever he did when he took that week off against Akron clearly worked because he’s giving us some of the best QB play in the entire country now.

The issue for Stroud is going to be his early-season struggles and convincing Heisman voters that was just part of the growing process for the freshman. He was bad against Minnesota in a win and even worse in the loss to Oregon. Still, a Big 10 title may give him the boost needed to make a play on the Heisman.

 4. Kenneth Walker III – Michigan State RB (+2000)

Our first and only new addition to the top-5 Heisman odds this week comes our way from East Lansing, Michigan. Kenneth Walker III is the only running back to make the list this week, and for good reason.

Walker, a transfer from Wake Forest, has been as close to unstoppable as a running back can be. In six games this season, Walker has amassed 913 rushing yards and nine TDs. He’s averaging an insane 7.1 yards per carry on 129 attempts. Last week, against a solid Rutgers team, Walker went off for 233 rushing yards and a TD on 29 carries.

Helping Walker’s case is the fact that the Spartans are unbeaten on the year and ranked No. 10 in the country. It’s crucial to Walker’s Heisman odds that Michigan State gets a win this week against Indiana. They have a bye the following week then host Michigan in a potential matchup of unbeaten teams.

5. Desmond Ridder – Cincinnati QB (+2000)

I don’t mean to keep ragging on Ridder each week. Cincinnati is a great story. They’re a top-5 team in the nation and Ridder is playing solid ball. But, there are players, even at his position, that deserve to be on this list more than he does.

Ridder has still not thrown for 300 yards in a game this year. He does a good job of limiting interceptions, which is obviously crucial. But his 1,304 yards passing are good for 46th in the country. It’s not like he’s some dynamic dual-threat QB either, he’s a pocket passer that hasn’t put up big numbers against a fairly easy schedule.

The win over Notre Dame is obviously huge for Cincinnati, but can you really sit here and tell me that Desmond Ridder deserves better Heisman odds than a guy like Kenny Pickett? I certainly don’t think he does.

Others to Watch – Heisman Odds

  • Kenny Pickett – Pittsburgh QB (+4000)
  • Bijan Robinson – Texas RB (+3000)
  • TreVeyon Henderson – Ohio State RB (+4000)
  • Jayden Daniels – Arizona State QB (+8000)
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