2022 college football Heisman Trophy odds tracker: Can Bo Nix challenge CJ Stroud and Hendon Hooker?

It is difficult to argue against the notion that the Heisman trophy has become a supercharged Davey O’Brien Award. Since the turn of the century there have only been four non-quarterbacks awarded with the Heisman (three running backs and a receiver). It makes you wonder who would have claimed the prize if the award was not so heavily skewed towards quarterback play.

Last season the award went to Bryce Young, who had a fantastic season, but Michigan defensive end Aiden Hutchinson finished second for the award. Hutchinson fit all of the descriptions for an award winner. He played at a school with the prestige and fan base to boost him up. His team won 12 games, defeated its rival, Ohio State, for the first time in a decade, won the Big 10 and played in the CFP for the first time ever. Individually, he finished his senior season for the Wolverines with 62 tackles, 14 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. A resume like that should win you the award.

In 2019 it was hard to argue against Joe Burrow and the magical national championship run LSU experienced, but that was an offensive filled with future NFL stars and future 10-year veterans. He was hardly out there alone. If there was no quarterback to hog the trophy once again, the award could have gone to another defensive end, Chase Young. The Ohio State Buckeyes were once again in the CFP thanks to a prolific offense and Young terrorizing opposing offenses. For the season Young finished with 47 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles. Outstanding play like that not only needed to be recognized, but rewarded properly.

As a true freshman in 2017 Johnathan Taylor finished sixth in Heisman voting after rushing for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns on 299 carries. In 2018 with a limited passing game, every opponent identifying him as public enemy No. 1 and with only eight more carries than the previous year, Taylor rushed for 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns. It was a remarkable feat that earned him the Doak Walker Award, but when it came to Heisman voters, he finished worse than he did the previous season. Quarterbacks received the top six spots in the Heisman that season. No disrespect meant towards Gardner Minshew, Will Grier or McKenzie Milton, but they were not more impactful than Taylor. Not even close! Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and even the Heisman winner that season Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray all came from offensive systems and programs that almost guaranteed success and Heisman notice.

Quarterbacks once again rule the minds of Heisman bettors and the more impressive performances they stack up, the further contenders at any other position fall behind. Week 9’s odds illustrate that difference and make you wonder if there is a need to entertain longshots at other positions.

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All odds from BetMGM.

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Heisman straw poll: Could Max Duggan stage another rally? Hooker, Stroud, Corum lead

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CJ Stroud, Ohio State QB (-125)

Stroud came off the bye week and looked just as good as he had before the rest. It was not one of those eye-popping games that have become routine, but his play has raised the bar for him so high that 20-for-30 for 284 yards and four touchdowns just sounds like an okay day. The Big Ten has not been much competition for the Buckeyes yet, but this weekend at Penn State should provide an adequate challenge for Stroud and the offense to work against. It is also another marquee pelt for Stroud to hang on his wall if he is able to perform well.

Hendon Hooker, Tennessee QB (+200)

Hooker continues to ascend at an accelerated pace. His play has been phenomenal, and of course, they have the biggest win of the season over Alabama. Last week Hooker and the offense was able to take care of business early and get a little extra rest late against UT-Martin. One of the underrated keys to Hooker’s Heisman chances is the Volunteers’ defense. Because of their inability to stop teams from scoring (including UT-Martin, which put up 24), Hooker can’t afford to take his foot off the gas. He does not get many opportunities to watch the fourth quarter from the sideline. That means more opportunities to run up his stats and impress Heisman voters and wagerers.

Caleb Williams, USC QB (+1200)

At one time, Williams was right in the mix for the Heisman, but a razor-thin loss to Utah and a bye week have made voters forget about Williams. The Trojans are back this weekend when they face Arizona in what should be a good get-right game for USC. You should expect Williams to put up some customary big numbers this weekend. What’s intriguing is that he makes Heisman trophy-winning plays weekly. The question will be, is it enough?

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Bo Nix, Oregon QB (+4000)

We all collectively owe Nix an apology. We treated him like a scrub when he played for Auburn and blamed their ineptitude on quarterback play. Well, he is gone, and the questionable play has subsided. Nix has moved on nicely from that bad relationship and is doing major damage in the Pac-12. He was absolutely masterful last week in Oregon’s 45-30 victory over UCLA. He finished the game 22-for-28 for 283 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 51 yards rushing as her ran away from the Bruins and previous perceptions about him. He should continue that play against Cal this weekend.

Stetson Bennett, Georgia QB (+5000)

Bennett was a good flavor early in the season, especially after that first game when Georgia dismantled Oregon 49-3. Since then, there have been some inconsistent performances, but the team realizes it needs to play to its capabilities, not the opponents. A 55-0 drubbing of Vanderbilt followed by a bye week was just what the doctor ordered. Now the Bulldogs enter a stretch where Bennett has a chance to rocket back up the board. Over the next four weeks, they face Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Kentucky. If Bennett performs to the level he did against Oregon in those contests, those who bet on him early would be reinvigorated.

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Lindsey Scott Jr., Incarnate Word QB

Scott played just into the second quarter in the Cardinals’ 70-0 drubbing of Faulkner, but in that time, he was 12-for-14 for 302 yards and five touchdowns. He continues his assault on the record books and consistently proves the doubters about him as a quarterback wrong. He has 2,779 yards passing and 37 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions. He also added five rushing touchdowns. They have an important game this weekend against Texas A&M Commerce, which sit at 3-0 in the conference.

(Photo of Bo Nix: / USA Today)

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