The 2021 college football season is under six months away, and it's time to start looking at who oddsmakers peg as the favorites to hoist the Heisman Trophy. There has already been some fluctuation since these odds originally came out, and you can expect that these will continually change as the season nears.
We will touch on some of the favorites and some dark horses to keep an eye on.
The top three favorites are all quarterbacks, but only Oklahoma's Spencer Rattler (+550) is a returning starter. Rattler accounted for 3,191 total yards and 34 touchdowns. Oklahoma welcomes back most of its offense from last season, which will benefit Rattler's Heisman hopes.
D.J. Uiagalelei (+800) takes over the Clemson offense, while Bryce Young (+800) steps in to lead the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Uiagaleiei logged valuable playing time, including two starts last season, completing 78-of-117 passes for 914 yards and five touchdowns.
Young saw limited action in mop-up duties in 2020 but was the nation's top-ranked quarterback from the 2020 recruiting class.
Sam Howell (+1700) has thrown for 7,227 yards and 68 touchdowns in two seasons as the North Carolina starting quarterback. Howell gets his entire offensive line back but will need to develop a repertoire with a new crop of wideouts.
Georgia believes it has finally found the quarterback that it has been missing in JT Daniels (+2000). Daniels started the final four games for the Bulldogs, throwing for 1,231 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Bulldogs will have a ton of talent surrounding the USC quarterback transfer.
Instead of testing the NFL's waters, D'Eriq King (+2000) gave the Miami Hurricanes some surprising news with his intentions to return for a sixth year. King was a graduate transfer to Miami, throwing for 2.686 yards and rushing for 538 more in his first season with the Hurricanes.
Bijan Robinson (+2000) is the first non-quarterback on the futures list, and rightfully so. The sophomore running back for the Texas Longhorns piled up 899 yards and six touchdowns of total offense in his freshman campaign.
Matt Corral (+5000) benefited immensely from the hiring of head coach Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. Corral exploded offensively, throwing for 3,337 yards and 29 touchdowns in his sophomore season. Expect the offense to continue to evolve under Corral and Kiffin.
Dan Mullen turned a two-star recruit into a Heisman finalist with Kyle Trask, so we will take the juicy odds here for Emory Jones (+6600), his first quarterback recruit at Florida. Jones is a true dual-threat quarterback who averaged 6.8 yards per carry in change-of-pace situations last season.
A slew of LSU opt-outs helped Kayshon Boutte (+10000) explode onto the NCAA football scene last season. Boutte hauled in 45 passes for 735 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman.
If LSU has a quarterback emerge as anything more than a game-manager, watch out. Boutte proved last season that there aren't many defenders who can match up with him one-on-one.
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