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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Top 5 Heisman Odds Candidates Heading into Week 2

In this week's Heisman watch, we break down the five most likely players to win the 2022 Heisman, according to the Heisman Trophy odds going into Week 2. College football is back in a big way this Saturday, and that means so is our Heisman Watch series.
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Heisman Watch: Ranking the Top 5 Heisman Odds Candidates Heading into Week 2

It didn't take long for our Heisman Watch list to get completelt reorganized at the top and bottom. Following Week 1 in college football, we've seen a massive reshuffling of Heisman odds after just one game.

For starters, there is a new name at the top of our Heisman Watch list and while No. 2 and No. 3 aren't different, we round out the top five with two completely different names. As the old saying goes, that's why you play the games.

As we get ready for Week 2 of college football, let's take a look at the latest Heisman Watch list and where their Heisman odds stand to this point.

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Heisman Watch: Top 5 Heisman Odds

1. Bryce Young - Alabama QB (+300) (Bet $100 to win $300)

I started last week's Heisman Watch piece by saying that Bryce Young, not CJ Stroud, should be the favorite to win the Heisman this year. Here we are in just Week 2 of the season and Young has already leapfrogged Stroud. It;s not about who Alabama faced, they whooped up on a bad Utah State team, but it's about how Young looked doing it. In their 55-0 win over Utah State, Alabama QB Bryce Young not only thre for five touchdowns, but he rushed for 100 yards and another score as well. Young's passing yards weren't eye-popping as he went for 195 yards on 18-of-28 passing, but it was enough to make him the favorite to win the Heisman on our Week 2 Heisman Watch.

2. CJ Stroud - Ohio State QB (+350) (Bet $100 to win $350)

On one hand, CJ Stroud led his team to a win over the No. 5 team in the country, Notre Dame. On the other hand, he looked less than impressive while doing it. The big story here was Ohio State's defense under new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles. Ryan Day's offensive unit, led by Stroud, struggled to move the ball the entire game. In the end, Stourd passed for 223 yards and two touchdowns while completing 24 of 34 attempts. However, the OSU offense looked stale all night. It's not necesarily time to panic for CJ Stroud Heisman bettors, he looked worse in last season's opener before becoming a contender for the award, but it may be worth considereing the impact losing Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson will have on Stroud this season.

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3. Caleb Williams - USC QB (+700) (Bet $100 to win $700)

The Lincoln Riley-Caleb Williams USC experiment got off to an extremely successful start in Week 1 as the Trojans trounced visiting Rice, 66-14, and Williams looked close to perfect doing it. Caleb Williams completed 19 of his 22 passing attempts for 249 yards and two touchdowns through the air. Then Williams added 68 more yards on the ground. This week will be the first real test for USC as they face rival Stanford. They should win, but if Williams puts up another big performance, we could see him close the gap between he and CJ Stroud when it comes to next week's Heisman Watch.

4. Anthony Richardson - Florida QB (+2000) (Bet $100 to win $2,000)

Unless you live under a rock, you know exactly why Anthony Richardson is our first new name on this week's Heisman Watch list. For starters, the unranked Gators took down No. 7 Utah in the Swamp, which was one of the best wins of the weekend for any team. Teh second reason we find him here is because he was basically unstopable. That's a good Utah team that came into Gainsville last week and Anthony Richardson ran circles around them as he threw for 168 yards and rushed for 106 more while adding three TDs on the ground. Not only did he show out, but he also delivered what very well could prove to be one of his definign "Heisman Moments" if he goes on to win the award this year. Check it out below.

5. Stetson Bennett - Georgia QB (+2000) (Bet $100 to win $2,000)

All Stetson Bennett does is win big football games. Sure, he doesn't necesarily look the part of FBS starting QB, but when the Dawgs need results he delivers. That's exactly what happened this past weekend as the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs absolutely crushed the No. 11 Oregon Ducks. In the process, Bennett put up 368 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air, reminding everyone that it was him that put the team on his back in the national championship game last season and took down Alabama. Bennett isn't the flashy pick for Heisman, but if he continues to play like he did last week they may have to give him the award come December.

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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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