Heisman Finalists: Bryce Young Leads The Way As Heisman Finalists Announced
Heisman Finalists Announced: Bryce Young Leads The Way For Three Heisman Finalists
On Monday night, The Heisman Trust announced the four finalists for this year's Heisman Trophy. Led by Alabama QB Bryce Young, the group is made up of three quarterbacks and a defensive end.
From a betting perspective, the race has already been decided. The player with the shortest odds is so far ahead of everyone else that if they were to lose now it would be a monumental upset. Still, the Heisman Trust picked four different players to go to the ceremony in New York.
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Bryce Young - Alabama QB
Heisman Odds: -3000
In case you missed it, Bryce Young set the college football world on fire on Saturday, torching a Georgia defense that some hailed as one of the best ever and clinching yet another SEC title for the Crimson Tide. It's absolutely no surprise to see Bryce Young as a Heisman finalist. Young, a sophomore, has been fantastic all season long. He's fourth in the country with 4,322 passing yards, has thrown 43 TDs and has a QBR of 88.9. Any doubt that Young would win the award this season was erased in Atlanta in this year's SEC Championship Game as he delivered his signature "Heisman Moment". Facing the best defense in the country, Young threw for 421 yards and 3 TDs as the Crimson Tide scored 41 points against a Georgia defense whose previous worst showing was allowing 17 to Tennessee.
Kenny Pickett - Pittsburgh QB
Heisman Odds: +3000
Out of all the Heisman finalists, this is the name that would have shocked people most if you had told them at the beginning of the season. But, Kenny Pickett has been absolutely fantastic for the Pitt Panthers this season and deserves to be a Heisman finalist. Pickett finished the season with 4,319 yards passing, 42 passing TDs and an 81.5 QBR. He also led his team to an 11-2 record and an ACC title. Pickett's signature "Heisman Moment" probably came in the win against Clemson, the biggest victory for this Pitt program in quite some time. But, he also hit Wake Forest with maybe the first-ever fake slide this past weekend and set the internet on fire, so there is some debate for which moment really has defined his fantastic season. Either way, Pickett is the first Heisman finalist at Pitt since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.
CJ Stroud - Ohio State QB
Heisman Odds: +4000
CJ Stroud's freshman season will be remembered by the phrase "What if?". What if Stroud didn't start the season with a few below-average performances? What if he was able to pull off the win in Ann Arbor and lead his team to a Big 10 title? In reality, if those things had happened we would probably be sitting here with razor-thin margins between Stroud and Bryce Young. Instead, Stroud will have to settle for being named a Heisman finalist. Following Ohio State's dismantling of Michigan State just two weeks ago, CJ Stroud was actually the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman. He threw for 432 yards and 6 TDs in just over a half of football before being pulled as the game got out of hand. But, the very next week it was Michigan that got the upper hand on Stroud and the Buckeyes, defeating the then Heisman favorite, 42-27, and knocking him out of the race.
Aidan Hutchinson - Michigan DE
To be fair to Hutchinson, I actually think there is a good chance the Michigan DE finishes second in the voting. He was extremely impressive in the win over Ohio State and has played himself into consideration for the first pick of the upcoming NFL Draft. But, at the time of the Heisman Finalists being announced, there were no Aidan Hutchinson Heisman odds readily available. Hutchinson is the anchor of one of the best defesnive units in the entire country. His 14 sacks are good for third in the country and he's become virtually unblockable down the stretch. Just ask Ohio State.