2021 Heisman Trophy odds: Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler leads favorites

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is the early favorite in the 2021 Heisman Trophy odds, but he has plenty of competition from other top signal-callers.

Dec 30, 2020; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) rolls out during the fourth quarter against the Florida Gators at ATT Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Heisman Trophy odds for the 2021 college football season been posted, and oddsmakers are favoring Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler to take home the hardware over Clemson signal-caller D.J. Uiagalelei and other notables.

Courtesy of OddsChecker, here’s a look at the 2021 Heisman Trophy odds:

Player2021 Heisman Trophy odds
Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma+650
D.J. Uigalelei, QB, Clemson+900
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama+1000
JT Daniels, QB, Georgia+1300
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina+1700
D’Eriq King, QB, Miami (Florida)+2000
Kedon Slovis, QB, USC+2500
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas+3000
Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State+3300
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss+4000

If Rattler takes home the NCAA gridiron’s most esteemed individual award, he’d be the third Sooners QB to do so in a five-year span, following Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Both proceeded to be No. 1 overall picks in the NFL Draft, too.

Considering how productive Oklahoma’s offenses have been under head coach Lincoln Riley and given Rattler’s immense talent level, there’s a good chance he, too, can pull off a similar feat to what Mayfield and Murray did.

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Jan 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell (7) walks off the field after being defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Heisman Trophy has been awarded 21 times this millennium, and only thrice has a non-quarterback won it, not including Reggie Bush’s vacated 2005 accolade. Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith got the nod last year, so it’s understandable that oddsmakers are heavily favoring quarterbacks.

We’ve already touched on the legacy Rattler is following, but since he had to deal with such lofty expectations last season as he stepped in for Jalen Hurts, it seems like the Sooners field general will be up to the task. Rattler led Oklahoma to a Big 12 title last season, and lit up Florida in a 55-20 Cotton Bowl triumph.

As for the other QBs on the initial Heisman Trophy odds, there’s no shortage of intrigue among the heavy hitters.

Uiagalelei has to fill the shoes of Trevor Lawrence at Clemson, which is no easy feat. However, he played exceptionally well in 2020 when Lawrence was out of action. In two starts against Boston College and Notre Dame, Uiagalelei threw for 781 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions and ran for two more scores. Not bad for a true freshman, eh?

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As for Alabama’s Bryce Young, many expected him to start last season until Mac Jones seized the reins of the Crimson Tide offense and completed an FBS-record 77.4% of his passes.

Young is a dynamic, dual-threat playmaker who could easily emerge as the favorite — provided the departures of Smith and Jaylen Waddle go as smoothly as when Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy were first-round picks the season before.

Among other draft-eligible players in the 2021 Heisman race, some may be surprised to see Sam Howell so far down the list. The North Carolina field general is widely thought of as the top QB prospect in the 2022 NFL draft.

However, Howell just lost both his top running backs and wide receivers to the pros, so Howell will have to play hero ball to emulate the success he’s had in two previous seasons.

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