We’re under two months away from the kickoff of the 2021 college football season. Many futures bets exist for the upcoming season, but one of our personal favorites is on the Heisman winner. This article will cover all our NCAA 2021 Heisman Trophy predictions! Let’s get into it!
Online sportsbooks have already released betting odds for this very bet. You’ll find a slew of players across the entire country with a respective line to win. However, we’ve pooled the very top contenders (per oddsmakers) and listed them underneath:
Surprise surprise, the group above includes quarterback after quarterback. That’s not bias on the bookies’ end, however. It’s just how this trophy trends. Since the 2010 college football season, all but two Heisman winners were signal-callers. The two lone exceptions were running back Derrick Henry (2015) and wide-out Devonta Smith this past season.
Will 2021 follow that trend or be an anomaly? We have betting picks for either scenario as you’ll find out below.
Typically, a prerequisite to winning the Heisman is playing for a national title-contending team. Heisman voters weigh team success almost equally with individual statistics. Knowing this, it would be smart money to wager with the best player of either Alabama or Clemson — two championship favorites year in, year out.
Both programs will be thrusting new signal-callers under center — Bryce Young for the Tide and Uiagalelei for the Tigers. Among the two, we’re much more confident in Uiagalelei, at least this season. The separating factor between the two is size and experience.
Young has never started a college football game. Moreover, at just six feet tall and under 200 pounds, durability is a serious concern. That’s only magnified playing in the SEC, which routinely recruits the biggest and strongest players in the entire country. Can Young last an entire season? We have our doubts.
No such doubts exist for Uiagalelei. The Tiger quarterback is often compared to Cam Newton due to his hulky 6-foot-4 and 250-pound frame. However, on the field, he’s much less of a scrambler than the 2010 Heisman-winning Newton. Uiagalelei has a rocket arm and is not afraid to show it. We saw that in the two games he started last season in lieu of Trevor Lawrence. Uiagalelei’s stat line in those two games was a gaudy 781 yards passing, six total scores, and no interceptions.
We think Uiagalelei is the real deal and even has the potential to be a top-5 NFL Draft selection in the coming years. He’s the safest futures bet to make right now.
Most Heisman betting favorites are largely unproven. The number of games they’ve started can be counted on one hand. An exception, however, is King out of Miami. In fact, he already has one Heisman hopeful season under his belt.
This was back in 2018 when King was still under center for Houston (he would transfer to the Hurricanes in 2020). In that campaign, King dropped a 50-whopper on the nation, as in 50 total touchdowns (36 passing and 14 rushings). For much of the season, King was in the Heisman conversation next to Kyler Murray (the eventual winner) and Tua Tagovailoa before fading late as the Cougars started losing.
Obviously, we’re aware that was now three years ago. But King’s talent was evident that whole season (and since then). What will help matters for King in 2021 is he’s now in year two for the Canes. He showed these Heisman flashes in 2020 when a spread-out, up-tempo offense was first installed into the program to fit King’s do-everything style. We’re betting he can take it to the next level this season, making Miami title hopefuls in the process, too.
Brian Robinson Jr.
Given the long odds of the Heisman trophy, you want to bet on multiple players instead of going all-in on one. This will safeguard you against injuries (all too common in football), bad coaching, and just pure bad luck. This is why we’re giving you three different picks to make because either one of these players could take the honor.
For our final choice, we wanted to go the non-quarterback route. Among skill players, one of the most promising in the entire country is Robinson Jr., running back for the Rolling Tide. He’s now a senior, so in a way, he’ll be a man among boys on the gridiron.
In four seasons with Alabama up to this point, Robinson Jr. has shared the backfield with two perennial NFL starters (Damien Harris and Najee Harris). So 2021 will be his first as the lead back and we could see Nick Saban and company leaning on him to carry the offense, especially with an unproven quarterback. Robinson Jr. is darkhorse in this bet, but he’s a worthy one given the firepower in Tuscaloosa.
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