Odds to win Heisman have moved significantly

Will Anderson produced 112 tackles, 34.5 tackles behind the line, 17.5 sacks and nine QB hurries in 2021.

There has been some significant movement in the Heisman Trophy betting market since the openers were posted in December.

Offshore sportsbook BetOnline opened Alabama’s Bryce Young as the +325 ‘chalk’ to go back-to-back following last season’s award ceremony. Young entered the 2021 campaign at 12-1 to win the Heisman, becoming the fourth Crimson Tide player to achieve that honor.

His odds have shifted drastically since December, though, as he has now fallen to third in BetOnline’s odds at +750. Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, who was a Heisman finalist last season, has gone from +500 to the +350 ‘chalk.’ Stroud threw 35 touchdowns and five interceptions as a redshirt freshman for the Buckeyes in 2021.

Caesars Sportsbook has taken more money on Stroud (23.3 percent) than any other player. One of the biggest movers has been Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams, who opened at 12-1 and now has the second-shortest price at +400. Williams led all players in Heisman Trophy betting action at Caesars in June, taking 20 percent of the handle.

There has been an increase in total market handle over the past three weeks though, so Williams is now at 9.1 percent of the total money (which still ranks second behind Stroud). Another player who has been garnering betting action is Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr.

Anderson Jr. opened at 25-1 following the 2021 ceremony, but his price has been cut in half and he is now listed at 12-1 at BetOnline. He has taken the third-most money (7.9 percent) at Caesars following a large bet that was placed earlier this week, when the sportsbook was still offering 40-1 on the Crimson Tide star.

BetOnline had ‘quarterback’ priced at -2000 to be the position of this year’s Heisman winner, but that prop is no longer available. The only other player priced inside of 20-1 is Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs, who is 12-1. Gibbs rushed for 746 yards and four touchdowns before transferring from Georgia Tech last season.

Caesars is reporting 4.3 percent of its handle on Gibbs, which is more than Young (2.3 percent) has taken as the star quarterback. Gibbs opened 60-1 at Caesars, and he is still available at 40-1. As always, it is important to price shop with huge discrepancies in these markets.

BetOnline is offering a much better price on Young, but Caesars has way better offerings on some of the long shots.

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