The Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas opened Alabama’s DeVonta Smith with 100/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. The senior wide receiver had 60/1 odds following the Crimson Tide’s 48-17 win at Tennessee in late October.
Smith had an unbelievable finish to the season, becoming the first wide receiver to win the award since 1991. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who opened the season as the favorite, finished second on Tuesday night.
None of this year’s finalists will be competing for the award next season. The unknowns have not stopped offshore sportsbook BetOnline from releasing odds, though.
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler has opened as a +500 ‘chalk’ to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy. Rattler threw for more than 3,000 yards and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 28-to-7 as a redshirt freshman this season.
Betting on an Oklahoma quarterback to win the award would not be a bad idea. Baker Mayfield (8/1) and Kyler Murray (20/1) were back-to-back Heisman winners in 2017-18.
Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (+700) will be trying to follow in Lawrence’s footsteps as a Heisman contender next year. He threw for 781 yards and four touchdowns in two starts this season when Lawrence was sidelined with COVID-19.
North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell is also priced at +700. He finished fourth in the country in passing yards and sixth in TD passes this season. Howell is trying to become the first Tar Heel to ever win the award.
The next tier of players are all quarterbacks priced at 12/1. Alabama is expected to replace Mac Jones with Bryce Young, who almost has to be considered a Heisman candidate by default. The Crimson Tide always seem to have at least one player in the mix.
Miami’s D’Eriq King, Georgia’s JT Daniels and USC’s Kedon Slovis are all 12/1 as well. King, who started his career with Houston, announced his return the day after Christmas. Daniels replaced Stetson Bennett as the Bulldogs’ starter down the stretch and provided a major spark to the offense.
Daniels announced that he was returning to school earlier today. King, who tore his ACL in the Hurricanes’ bowl game, is hoping to be ready to return by August.
A pair of running backs are listed at 14/1. Alabama’s Brian Robinson Jr. has lived in the shadow of Najee Harris, but he will get a chance to shine in 2021. Iowa State running back Breece Hall led the nation with 1,572 rushing yards and will hope to contend for the Heisman next season.
Florida QB Emory Jones joins those RBs with 14/1 odds. Jones has a 7/1 career TD-INT ratio, in addition to 514 rushing yards, six TDs and a 5.6 yards-per-carry average. Arizona St. QB Jayden Daniels, Oregon QB Tyler Shough and Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. also share 14/1 odds.