Every college football season one or two guys separate themselves from the rest of the pack as legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates.
Who will the pack leaders be this season? Here’s a look at each of the top 10 preseason favorites for college football’s most prestigious award.
Although there’s a clear favorite to win this year’s prestigious Heisman trophy, there are still plenty of strong candidates that will challenge for the honor. There is a lot of great value still on the board so make sure to get some futures in early.
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Williams Prime for Repeat
There isn’t much to be said here. USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams is the defending Heisman trophy winner and arguably the best player in the country.
After transferring from the Oklahoma Sooners, the QB had a breakout season last year and ran away with the award. He’s widely expected to be the first overall pick in this coming year’s NFL Draft. Another Heisman trophy would only further solidify that. His odds of +550 at Caesars will only go down if he performs like he did in 2022.
Ewers Main Challenger to Williams
Now that the big favorite is out of the way, let’s get into the other legitimate candidates. Texas Longhorn QB Quinn Ewers was excellent in his first season as the starter. His personal stats were slightly hindered by his Heisman candidate teammate, running back Bijan Robinson. Robinson is now playing on Sundays so Ewers should become the face of the offense. Another strong NFL draft candidate, he will be playing to improve his stock this season and should put up big numbers. At +1000, he could be the frontrunner if Williams struggles.
Daniels Dual Threat Advantage
Due to COVID-19, Daniels has an extra year of eligibility left and will be sticking around at LSU for his fifth year. The dual-threat QB has been consistently very good in all of his college seasons, but last year was definitely his best. As the best dual-threat candidate on this list and with LSU’s roster looking better heading into this season, expect Daniels (at +1000) to give the Heisman a good run.
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McCarthy Looks to Build on 2022 Success
Michigan Wolverine QB J.J. McCarthy is looking to build off a tremendous first season as a starter. Last season McCarthy threw for over 2,700 yards while logging 22 touchdowns to just five interceptions.
The Michigan man can also tuck it and run when he needs to, and tallied 300+ yards and five TDs on the ground as well. If Michigan is back in the College Football Playoff discussion, McCarthy will be in the Heisman discussion. At +1400 it’s worth a bet.
Senior Travis Wants Heisman Recognition
Florida State Seminole QB Jordan Travis is entering his sixth college season after he redshirted in his freshman year for the Louisville Cardinals and then got an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19. Travis is coming off a dominant season. He failed to enter the Heisman discussion mainly because of his team’s lack of success. Florida State is expected to be much better this season and Travis, who has odds of +1400, offers legitimate dual-threat ability. That combination could land the sixth-year senior in the midst of this year’s Heisman discussion.
Lefty Penix Jr. Wants Right into Heisman Race
A rare lefty QB, Washington Huskies’ Michael Penix Jr. is also entering his sixth collegiate season this year. He redshirted his first of four seasons for the Indiana Hoosiers and got the extra COVID year of eligibility. This will be Penix Jr.’s fifth year as a starter, three at Indiana and now two at Washington.
In his first season at Washington last year, Penix Jr.finished eighth in the Heisman voting. His odds are +1600. He had an absolutely monster season passing the ball. He will look to somehow improve on that output this year.
Non-QB Harrison Jr. Enters Heisman Race
The only wide receiver in the preseason conversation, Marvin Harrison Jr. of the Ohio State Buckeyes, has become a top NFL Draft prospect himself. He is expected to turn himself into a top-5 pick this season. With those expectations, it wouldn’t be a shock at all for him to be a Heisman finalist. It doesn’t hurt that Ohio State almost annually has a Heisman candidate on their roster. It may be Harrison Jr.’s turn this year. At +1800 it is definitely worth a flyer.
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