2022 NCAA Football: Early Heisman Trophy Picks

The Heisman Trophy has been handed out 86 times since the award was established in 1935. The Heisman was initially named for the New York City’s Downtown Athletic Club (DAC) and it went to the best college football player “east of the Mississippi.” In 1936, the trophy was renamed for John Heisman and from that point on, the award went to the best college football player in the nation.

In the long history of the Heisman, only one player has won the award twice. That player was Ohio State’s Archie Manning, who captured the trophy in 1974 and 1975. Others have come close to claiming multiple Heisman awards — Paul Giel, Colt McCoy, Ken Dorsey and Glenn Davis — but no other player has achieved what Manning did in the mid-70’s.

That could change in 2022 as Bryce Young, who won the award in 2021, is back in the mix this NCAA Football Season. Young, a junior this year, threw for 43 passing touchdowns for Alabama last season, while only giving up four interceptions. Young is not the favorite to win the award, but the oddsmakers have him near the top of the list of favorites for the 2022 Heisman.

Before we look at the NCAA Football players in the mix for the 2022 Heisman Trophy, be sure to check out the current NCAAF Betting opportunities and our guide to betting on the 2022 NCAAF National Championship.

2022 Heisman Trophy picks

To Win 2022 Heisman TrophyBetOnline
CJ Stroud+275
Bryce Young+300
Caleb Williams+600
Anthony Richardson+1400
Will Anderson Jr+1800
Stetson Bennett+2000
Bijan Robinson+2500
Dillon Gabriel+2800
Jahmyr Gibbs+2800
TreVeyon Henderson+3300
Tyler Van Dyke+3300
DJ Uiagalelei+4000
Hendon Hooker+4000
Quinn Ewers+4000
Will Levis+5000

C.J. Stroud

In his first year as a starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, C.J. Stroud threw for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns and six interceptions. He had four games where he had four or more passing touchdowns. He also led the team to a come from behind win over the Utah Utes in the Rose Bowl. 

Stroud finished fourth in Heisman voting in 2021. The junior QB opened the 2022 NCAAF season by going 24-34 (70.6 percent completion rate) for 223 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 21-10 win over Notre Dame.

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Bryce Young

With the perception that Heisman voters are reluctant to vote for a player in back-to-back years, Bryce Young is going to need to put up some spectacular numbers if he hopes to claim the Heisman in 2022.

The Crimson Tide QB opened his 2022 campaign by leading Alabama to a 55-0 trouncing of Utah State in Week 1 of the NCAA Football Season. Young went 18-28 and threw for 195 yards. He had an impressive five touchdowns in the game.

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Caleb Williams

A true freshman last season, Caleb Williams took the starting job at Oklahoma from Spencer Rattler and got right to work. In his first full game as a starter, against TCU, Williams went 18-23 and threw for 295 yards, adding four touchdowns and having no interceptions. By the end of the season, Williams had 1,912 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Williams is now with USC and he has a receiver he already trusts in fellow transfer Jordan Addison.

Willams and USC ran over Rice in Week 1, winning 66-14. Williams went 19-22 (86.4 percent completion rate) and threw for 249 yards with both his touchdown passes going to Addison.

Williams is also a capable ball runner. He had 68 rushing yards against Rice.

Caleb Williams TO WIN 2022 HEISMAN TROPHY
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Our pick

Caleb Williams is a talented quarterback and the Trojans do not have a particularly daunting schedule this season. With the way Williams and Addison played together in the first game of the 2022 NCAAF season. I’m picking Caleb Williams to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy.

Pick: Caleb Williams to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy.

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