College football fans have been spoiled with some monstrous performances from the finest football players this month. It’s been a thrilling four weeks of good football, and if there’s one thing we’ve come to know, it’s that the fun never ends when it comes to one of America’s most loved sports competitions.
As it is every season, one of the most debated conversations centers around who will be crowned the most outstanding player in college football. Fans, pundits, and oddsmakers have been making their rounds of predictions as December draws closer.
A couple of interesting names have been flying around in the news lately, but none have come as close to CJ Stroud, the consensus NCAAF bets as the favorite to win the trophy. If anything, Stroud has widened the gap even further in the last couple of weeks, especially after his elite performances against Toledo and Wisconsin.
The soon-to-be 21-year old Quarterback led the Buckeyes to a 77-21 win over the Rockets, passing for 367 yards and 5 touchdowns. His domineering display last night helped his team to a 55-21 win against the Badgers; Stroud passed for 285 yards and 5 touchdowns and completed. As expected, the market reacted to these stellar performances and dropped him down to +125. This now puts him further ahead of his closest competitors, last year’s winner Bryce Young (+500) and Caleb Williams (+600), according to FanDuel.
Could Stroud lead his team to their first national championship since 2014? Probably.
The odds table has been busy with slight upward and downward movements. Quarterback Hendon Hooker has now moved to fourth place above Stetson Bennett and Jalon Daniels.
Adrian Martinez led Kansas State to a 41-34 road win against Oklahoma, passing for 234 yards and a touchdown. However, OKC’s loss did little to no harm to Dillion Gabriel, now down to +4000 after his monstrous performance against Kansas State. Gabriel passed for 330 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma’s loss.
Here’s what the FanDuel odds table looks like as of this writing:
CJ Stroud – Ohio State Buckeyes (+125)
Bryce Young – Alabama Crimson Tide (+500)
Caleb Williams – USC Trojans (+600)
Hendon Hooker – Tennessee Volunteers (+1600)
Stetson Bennett IV – Georgia Bulldogs (+2500)
Jalon Daniels – Kansas Jayhawks (+3000)
Sam Hartman – Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+4000)
Blake Corum – Michigan Wolverines (+4000)
Dillon Gabriel – Oklahoma Sooners (+4000)
Adrian Martinez – Kansas State Wildcats (+4000)
Michael Penix Jr. – Washington Huskies (+5000)
DJ Uiagalelei – Clemson Tigers (+5000)
Will Anderson – Alabama Crimson Tide (+5000)
Spencer Sanders – Oklahoma State Cowboys (+5000)
Bo Nix – Oregon Ducks (+8000)
Mohamed Ibrahim – Minnesota Golden Gophers (+8000)
JJ McCarthy – Michigan Wolverines (+8000)
The Heisman Trophy is an annual award to the best player in college football. It is the oldest individual award in the sport and, by far, the most coveted.
Players like Bo Jackson, Tim Brown, and Roger Staubach won this prestigious college award and became all-time greats. Will the winner of this year’s award follow the same path? It remains to be seen.
Read more: FBS Football History and Winsipedia