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The Heisman Trophy was first awarded in 1935 to Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger
Since 2000, a quarterback has won the award 19 times
A defensive player hasn’t won the award since Charles Woodson in 1997.
Each year, the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the “most outstanding” player in all of College Football. While some may argue this award has turned into a bit of a “best quarterback,” there have been other positions to win as recently as 2020 when then-Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith took home the award.
However, as we await the start of the 2023-24 season, you’ll find that the top nine players odds-wise, are all quarterbacks.
Here, we’ll look at some top odds and offer betting picks you should consider making.
The Heisman Trophy is considered a quarterback award. It makes sense for the 2023 season, and the 2024 award—the group of quarterbacks here and those that will enter the 2024 NFL Draft is loaded with talent.
Below are our three best bets for the Heisman Trophy, which has, more or less, become a two-player race.
The LSU Tigers might be 8-3 this season after losses to Alabama, Ole Miss, and Florida State, but quarterback Jayden Daniels has been electric all year.
In the passing game, he’s completing 71.4% of his passes for 3,576 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions. In the rushing game, he has 1,124 yards and ten touchdowns.
So, he has over 4,500 total yards and 46 touchdowns. Those are unfathomable numbers, especially playing in the SEC.
His success hasn’t correlated to his team’s success, but in their losses, they allowed 45 to Florida State, 55 to Ole Miss, and 42 to Alabama.
He’ll have a chance to solidify his campaign in Week 13 against the Texas A&M Aggies.
Next, we have Bo Nix, who’s +150, and his Ducks have just one loss this season with a chance at the College Football Playoff.
Nix has completed almost 78% of his passes for 3,485 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. He has just two interceptions. On the ground, he has 152 yards and five touchdowns.
When it comes to him versus Daniels, will the voters choose a player with over 4,500 yards of offense, 46 touchdowns, and three losses or Nix, who has two fewer interceptions, six fewer touchdowns, a better completion percentage, and a team with a chance at making it to the College Football Playoff?
If Nix wins the Pac-12 title, he should secure the Heisman.
Penix Jr. was a long-time Heisman favorite, but he’s had a few down games. This season, he’s completing 66.6% of his passes for 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has three rushing touchdowns but hardly any rushing yards.
For Penix Jr. to pull this off, he’d need a poor game from Daniels, a loss in Week 13, and Nix and the Ducks to lose some games.
It’s a tough path to Heisman victory for Penix Jr.
The Heisman Trophy has been awarded yearly for the most outstanding College Football player since 1935.
Below is a chart showcasing each winner since the turn of the century in 2000.
|Caleb Williams, QB, USC||2022|
|Bryce Young, QB, Alabama||2021|
|DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama||2020|
|Joe Burrow, QB, LSU||2019|
|Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma||2018|
|Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma||2017|
|Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville||2016|
|Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama||2015|
|Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon||2014|
|Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State||2013|
|Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M||2012|
|Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor||2011|
|Cam Newton, QB, Auburn||2010|
|Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama||2009|
|Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma||2008|
|Tim Tebow, QB, Florida||2007|
|Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State||2006|
|Reggie Bush, RB, USC||2005 (Vacated)|
|Matt Leinart, QB, USC||2004|
|Jason White, QB, Oklahoma||2003|
|Carson Palmer, QB, USC||2002|
|Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska||2001|
|Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State||2000|
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The favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in 2024 for the 2023 season is LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels, with -110 odds at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Three teams tie with seven Heisman Trophy winners—Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma.
The Heisman Trophy is voted on by 870 sports journalists, all living Heisman Trophy winners from past years, and a fan vote counts as a single ballot. When voting, the journalists rank the players No. 1, 2, and 3. Each first-place vote counts for three points, a second-place vote is worth two points, and a third-place vote is worth one point. The winner is determined after all votes are submitted, and the points tallied.
Quarterbacks reign supreme regarding the Heisman Trophy, with a signal caller winning it nearly 40 times.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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