Heisman Odds: Kenny Pickett’s Heisman Odds Slashed Again Ahead of Clemson Game

The latest Heisman odds have Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett among the favorites. Kenny Pickett's Heisman odds can take an even bigger jump with a win over Clemson
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Wed, October 20, 5:21 AM EDT | 4 min read
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Heisman Odds: Kenny Pickett’s Heisman Odds Slashed Again Ahead of Clemson Game

Prior to this season, you probably didn’t even know who Kenny Pickett was. Unless you were a huge Pitt football fan (apparently those exist), he was just another run-of-the-mill ACC quarterback that would never get a shot at a conference title, thanks to Clemson.

However, seven weeks into the 2021 college football season, not only does everyone know who Kenny Pickett is, but the latest Heisman odds say he’s got a pretty good chance to take home the award as he has the fifth shortest odds. And, a win over Clemson this weekend could see his odds slashed even more.

If Pitt, whose lone loss on the season came to Western Michigan, can beat Clemson while Pickett plays well this weekend, expect the Kenny Pickett Heisman hype train to officially leave the station.

Not only does it look like Pickett could win the Heisman trophy, but he’s also worked himself into the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft in most mock drafts.

Let’s take a look at Kenny Pickett’s Heisman odds and see if, pending a win this weekend, he can take home the award this season.

Heisman Odds – Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett

Kenny Pickett got to Pitt with relatively no hype surrounding him, yet alone potential Heisman hype. Pickett was a 3-star recruit and the 33rd-ranked pro-style QB in the country when he arrived on campus in 2017, according to 247.

Now, five years later, Pickett has 1,934 yards passing, 21 passing TD, 1 INT and an 88.4 QBR through six games of his redshirt senior season. He’s 11th in the country in yards, 4th in passing touchdowns and 3rd in QBR.

Pitt, long known for its defensive prowess under head coach Pat Narduzzi, is, by a somewhat sizeable margin, the best offense in the ACC.

But, the real test comes this weekend. It’s fairly obvious that this year’s version of Clemson isn’t of the same caliber of years past, but they still serve as the litmus test for any potential conference challenger.

This Saturday, when Clemson travels to Heinz field to take on the Panthers, the entire country will be watching Pickett and his team. If he performs well in a win, those Kenny Pickett Heisman odds are going to be quickly slashed. If he looks average and they lose, expect his Heisman odds to fall out of the top five.

Complete Heisman odds available here

Clemson vs. Pittsburgh

Date: Saturday, October 23

Time: 3:30 PM ET

Location: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA)

How to watch: ESPN

Pittsburgh Record: 5-1 (2-0 ACC)

Clemson Record: 4-2 (3-1 ACC)

Heisman Odds

So, just how good are Kenny Pickett’s Heisman odds? It depends where you look.

The best odds available for Kenny Pickett to win the Heisman currently sit at +2500. Those are the fifth shortest odds in the field, right behind Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder. But, at some places Pickett is actually tied with Ridder.

At FanDuel, both Ridder and Pickett sit at +2000 to win it this season, which is tied for fourth shortest. Ridder’s team is currently No. 2 in the country, which is an unbelievable feat for an AAC school. But, no matter how you slice it, Pickett is having a better individual season.

Alabama QB Bryce Young is the leader in the clubhouse this week at +200. He and Ole Miss QB Matt Corral (+250) have been leapfrogging each other this season based on who had the better performance the week prior.

Third in the race is Ohio State freshman QB CJ Stroud. Don’t look now, but Stroud, whose odds were +2500 two weeks ago, has his odds all the way down to +900, and an OSU run late in the season could make him an extremely viable Heisman contender.

Complete Heisman odds available here

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