Bryce Young Enters Final Week of 2021 College Football Season as Heisman Favorite

By Dan Vasta in Sports
| November 29, 2021 8:08 am PDT

The college football season is down to its final week of the season. The Heisman race is nearly complete, and many are unsure who will win.

Ohio State was upset at Michigan, and quarterback C.J. Stroud did not dominate as many had expected. We saw Alabama come from behind with an overtime victory in the Iron Bowl thanks to a 97-yard drive by quarterback Bryce Young.

There were no timeouts left, and Young still carried the offense on his back. Ohio State will be on their couches waiting for their bowl destination, and Alabama will be going up against the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs to decide the SEC Championship.

That game will impact the winner of the prestigious award. Here are the latest odds at SportsBetting.ag for the 2021 Heisman Trophy.

Heisman Trophy Odds Entering Week 14

  • Bryce Young, Alabama, QB: -210
  • C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB: +425
  • Kenneth Walker, Michigan State, RB: +1400
  • Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan, DL: +1400
  • Kenny Pickett, Pitt, QB: +1400
  • Matt Corral, Ole Miss, QB: +2500
  • Jordan Davis, Georgia, DL: +3300
  • Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, QB: +5000

The Heisman odds are down to eight names with a glimmer of hope, some more realistic than others. The Heisman has been a two-player race for most of November, and it is odd to see both frontrunners potentially miss the College Football Playoff.

Spencer Rattler was the preseason favorite and was benched early in the season for Caleb Williams. The season has been chaotic and predicting much these days has been a challenge for most.

After Stroud and the Buckeyes had their Big Ten season end abruptly, the ball is now in the court of Alabama and Bryce Young. Entering the final week of the season as the favorite should be a benefit.

Survival of the Fittest?

It has been an odd season for the Heisman Trophy. Every few weeks, we have seen the favorite change. The lack of Heisman moments has impacted the race.

Many thought C.J. Stroud would run away and potentially hide with a victory at the Big House, but the Wolverines won handily.

Stroud ended up nearly throwing for 400 yards, but it opened the door for Bryce Young to perform well at Auburn.

Orchestrating a 97-yard drive without a timeout and making a few dimes along the way was impressive. Finding a way to win in four overtimes has put him ahead at the moment.

It helps that Young has some momentum and a boost of confidence going into the game after coming back against Auburn this past weekend.

Young and Alabama enter as nearly touchdown underdogs against Georgia. The last time Nick Saban was an underdog was back in 2015. One would have to go back to see other additional games in which Alabama was an underdog.

  • 2015: @ Georgia (+1): Result, 38-10 victory
  • 2009: vs. Florida in SEC Championship (+5): Result, 32-13 victory
  • 2008: vs. Florida in SEC Championship (+10): Result, 31-20 loss
  • 2008: @ Georgia (+6.5): Result, 41-30 victory

We saw Alabama as an underdog five times in 2007, and that was the first season with Saban in Tuscaloosa. Bryce Young could leave no doubts and dominate the final voting of the Heisman with a sensational performance against Georgia.

The lack of contenders in the Heisman could give Young a chance to perform on average, and he may still win the award. He had his Heisman moment over Auburn and may need to avoid a two or three touchdown beatdown to secure the Heisman.

The Final Vote

Many were hoping for several conference title games to impact the Heisman Trophy race.

Stroud and Ohio State are out, and now Alabama is the focus to determine the top award in collegiate sports.

My bet is on Young playing well enough to avoid a disastrous performance that potentially could cost him the award.

The votes should be relatively close, but Alabama is ready for their fourth winner. We have seen a pair of running backs (Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry) and a wide receiver (DeVonta Smith). Now is the time for the Tide to have a quarterback win the award.

If you are unsure where to place a wager on the Heisman Trophy, check out the top college football betting sites.

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