Best Bet: (1u) Trevor Lawrence
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence enters the season with the second best odds to win the Heisman Trophy at (+500), and could be poised to be the number one pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Lawrence finished his sophomore season throwing for 3,665 passing yards with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also showcased his playmaking abilities with his legs, rushing for 563 yards and nine touchdowns.
Clemson has made the National Championship each of the last two seasons with Lawrence, including a win during his freshman year, and I don’t expect the upcoming season will be any different. With Lawrence set to lead the nation’s top team, he’ll be in enough important games to back his already impressive numbers. He’s a strong bet to win the Heisman and has good value to do so.
(0.5u) Justin Fields
Heisman Trophy frontrunner Justin Fields returns under center for the Ohio State Buckeyes for his junior season after being nearly flawless last season. Fields led the Buckeyes to the #2 seed College Football Playoff, and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting.
Fields threw for 3,273 yards with the third most touchdowns in the nation (41), and only three interceptions (one in the regular season). He also added 484 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
With the amount of success the Buckeyes are poised to have, and based on the numbers he put up last season, Fields is justified to be the Heisman frontrunner. Based on the dominance quarterbacks have had winning the Heisman Trophy, my expectation is a two-dog race between Fields and Lawrence.
(0.5u) Sam Ehlinger
Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger is the longest shot on this list to win the Heisman Trophy, yet he has the most experience. Ehlinger enters his senior season coming off yet another impressive campaign with the Longhorns.
Ehlinger’s dual threat abilities filled up the stat sheet for Texas passing for 3,663 yards, 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while adding 663 rushing yards with seven touchdowns.
His impressive numbers are no fluke as Ehlinger went off his junior season as well throwing for 3,292 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions with 482 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns.
If Ehlinger can put together a complete season with his arm and legs, as well as lead the Longhorns to a Big 12 title to match, there’s a strong chance he’ll be able to hoist the Heisman.