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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Top 4 Heisman Odds Candidates Heading into Heisman Ceremony

In this week's Heisman watch, we break down the four 2021 Heisman Finalists and how likely they are to win the award, according to the Heisman Trophy odds going into the Heisman Ceremony in New York.
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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Top 4 Heisman Odds Candidates Heading into Heisman Ceremony

The time has finally come. We're just a day away of naming a 2021 Heisman Trophy winner and so, our Heisman watch feature must come to an end.

It's been a season of ups and downs for a lot of different players. There was a week when Kenneth Walker III was skyrocketing up our Heisman watch list and there was a time when Matt Corral was the No. 1 player on our Heisman watch. But now, we're left with four Heisman finalists.

This week's Heisman watch will take a look at all four of our finalists, the seasons they put together and their latest Heisman odds.

Without any longer of a wait, let's check out our final Heisman watch list as we head into Saturday's Heisman Ceremony.

Heisman Watch: Top Heisman Odds

1. Bryce Young - Alabama QB (-6000)

You may look at this week's Heisman watch, see Bryce Young and those odds and ask yourself a simple question. Why in the world would anyone bet on him with such terrible Heisman odds? But, what you don't realize is that just a few days ago, those odds were cut in half at -3000. Heck, just a few weeks ago he wasn't even odds-on. The 2021 Heisman Trophy is Bryce Young's he is going to win the award and there is nothing anyone else can do to stop him. And, the reason he's winning the award is simple: He was the best player in the country this season. Bryce Young's numbers are ridiculous and that's why he leads our final Heisman watch. Young threw for 4,322 yards and 43 TDs this season while only being picked off four times. His 88.9 QBR was good for second in the country and, take make things even better, he saved his best performance for last. With the season on the line and top-ranked Georgia in Alabama's way in the SEC Championship, Young torched the best defense in the country for 421 yards and 3 TDs while hanging 41 points on a defense that hadn't given up more than 17 this season. It was Young's Heisman moment and ultimately the moment that landed him at the top of our final Heisman watch.

2. Kenny Pickett - Pittsburgh QB (+4000)

Unfortunately for all of us that love a true underdog story, Kenny Pickett is not going to win the Heisman. However, he may come in second in voting and he can take solace in forever changing the game of football by inventing the fake slide, which was just officially outlawed by the NCAA this past week. It isn't often we see Heisman finalists from Pitt. As a matter of fact, the last one was Larry Fitzgerald, but Kenny Pickett deserves his spot on this week's Heisman watch. Pickett threw for 4,319 yards and 42 TDs while throwing just seven picks and having an 81.5 QBR. The issue for Pickett was he sort of faded down the stretch, throwing for fewer than 300 yards in his final two games. The other issue is Bryce Young saved some of his best performances for last so while Pickett was staying stagnant, Young was blasting off. Still, Pickett was incredible this season, leading the Panthers to an 11-win season, an ACC title and a Peach Bowl berth. If it wasn't for their early-season loss to Western Michigan, we might have seen Pitt in the CFP.

3. CJ Stroud - Ohio State QB (+4000)

CJ Stroud has no one to blame but himself for not having a better shot at the Heisman this season. He started off the year with some bad performances. He looked off in a season-opening win against Minnesota then proceeded to lose to Oregon at home. Eventually, Stroud got back on track and looked to be one of the best QBs in the country, but failing to beat rival Michigan in the final week of the regular season pretty much killed and Heisman chance that Stroud had. Despite missing a game due to injury and struggling early, Stroud's numbers still stack up well with everyone else. He has 3,862 yards, 38 TD and 5 INT. Not to mention, he led the nation in QB at 89.8%. The issue, outside of what we've discussed, is team success. Every single other Heisman finalist on our Heisman watch list won their conference, but Ohio State was at home last weekend on Championship Saturday. Luckily for Stroud, this was just his freshman year. He'll have plenty of chances down the road, especially with Quinn Ewers transferring out of OSU.

4. Aidan Hutchinson - Michigan DE (N/A)

The final person on our Heisman watch list, who is a finalist for this year's award, never even appeared on any odds boards or Heisman predictions until this past week. As a matter of fact, there are still no Heisman odds available for Hutchinson. Still, that doesn't discredit anything he's done. Hutchinson was the best defensive player in the country this season, which is saying something considering all the top-end players on that side of the ball like Kyle Hamilton, Jordan Davis and Will Anderson Jr., to name a few. Hutchinson is third in the country with 14 sacks. Kayvon Thibodeaux has long been considered the top NFL Draft prospect for 2022. But, many evaluators are now suggesting that Hutchinson has taken over that spot.

Players To Watch For Next Season - Heisman Odds

  • Bryce Young - Alabama QB
  • CJ Stroud - Ohio State QB
  • Caleb Williams - Oklahoma QB
  • TreVeyon Henderson - Ohio State RB
  • Jameson Williams - Alabama WR
  • Brennan Armstrong - Virginia QB
  • Phil Jurkovec - Boston College QB
  • JJ McCarthy - Michigan QB
  • Bijan Robinson - Texas RB
  • Devin Leary - NC State QB
  • Quinn Ewers - ???
  • Spencer Rattler - ???


Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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