Heisman Watch: Week 1 Edition
Current odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook action wrapped up on Monday night, with Clemson pulling it out over Georgia Tech in a very defensive battle. While it still very early, of course, there were some impressive performances from Heisman contenders. There were only a handful of matchups that weren't blowouts for the contenders, so it will take a few weeks until we see guys really set themselves apart. Without further ado, let's dive into the top 10 Heisman contenders as of now.
Current odds are from DraftKings Sportbook.
1. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+350)
It wasn't always the prettiest offensive game, but against a top defense in Notre Dame, Stroud put up impressive numbers. The junior quarterback went 24-of-34 passing (70.6%) for 223 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. That was also without his top receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a majority of the game, after the fellow potential Heisman contender took a hard hit in the first quarter.
2. Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+600)
In his first game for USC after transferring from Oklahoma, Williams lit it up albeit against a low-tier team in Rice. The sophomore quarterback was nearly perfect, as he threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns on 19-for-22 passing and no interceptions. He also ran for 68 yards on six carries on the ground, with the two touchdown passes to transfer receiver Jordan Addison. Next week, Williams and the Trojans have a bigger test against Stanford in the Saturday primetime game on ABC.
3. Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama (+2000)
Even while not playing the entire game in a 55-0 blowout against Utah State, Anderson still made his mark. He recorded five total tackles - three solo - including one explosive tackle for loss, and one quarterback hurry. The junior edge rusher will be gunning for Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers next week, who transferred from Ohio State. Anderson has the ability to take a game into his own hands and change the outcome. He comes off the line ultra-fast and is a handful for offensive linemen.
4. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+300)
The defending Heisman trophy winner got off to a tremendous start against Utah State. Young recorded six total touchdowns - five passing and one rushing - while passing for 195 yards and rushing for 100 yards on just five carries. He will look to expose Texas' defense next week, who are looking to have a stronger rush defense this season. They were near dead last in Division I last year. While they might not be nearly as bad this year, Young has the duel-threat capabilities to shred them apart.
5. Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+2800)
In limited action during the Longhorns' 52-10 blowout of Louisiana-Monroe, Robinson continued his dominance from his sophomore season. Last year, he ran for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns on 195 carries. To begin his junior campaign, Robinson recorded 71 yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries, while also catching three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Saturday will be a big test for Robinson to see if he can perform well against a tough Alabama defense led by the bulldozing Anderson.
6. Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida (+2200)
Against a top ten team in Utah, Richardson went crazy, showing off his insane dynamic abilities. The sophomore quarterback threw for 168 yards on 17-of-24 passing while running for 106 yards and three touchdowns. On the two-point conversion below, Richardson showed incredible escapability to help lead the Gators to an upset. His odds jumped up to +2200 from +6000 to begin the season.
7. Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma (+3000)
Gabriel began his Oklahoma career on a very strong note after transferring in from UCF. The junior did miss a few throws but had no turnovers while going 15-of-23 passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a touchdown, a 12-yard score in the first quarter, showing that he can make plays with his legs. Virtually every year, an Oklahoma quarterback is in the Heisman conversation, and that is no different with Gabriel.
8. Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (+3500)
While the Hurricanes pounded the rock against a weak Bethune-Cookman team, Van Dyke took advantage when he did throw the ball. The sophomore completed 13 of 16 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Against better competition, he will have to be as or close to efficient with a lot more pass attempts. But Van Dyke played smart and that is just as important as actual numbers.
9. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky (+6000)
The long shot candidate for the Heisman got off to a solid start against Miami (OH) in a 37-13 win. Levis wasn't perfect, but he went 21-of-32 passing for 303 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Being in the SEC, he will have plenty opportunity to prove himself against big time opponents. It will be a fun matchup next week with Levis going up against Richardson and Florida.
10. Jordan Addison, WR, USC (+8000)
The transfer receiver from Pitt really developed a strong rapport with fellow transfer Williams in the Trojans opening win. The junior from Maryland recorded five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. It's going to be a battle for Addison to really become a serious candidate, especially when his quarterback is one of the top contenders. But he really has what it takes to be a game changer in the Lincoln Riley offense.
In the conversation: Jaxon Smith-Njigba (out 1-2 weeks), Braelon Allen, TreVeyon Henderson, Stetson Bennett, Quinn Ewers