The list of Heisman Trophy contenders continue to change week-to-week. Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler opened the season as a huge favorite. But three weeks through the season, the Sooners offense is sputtering while other contenders for college football’s top award emerge.
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral has moved into the role of favorite for Heisman. The folks in Las Vegas have listed the junior as the favorite to garner Heisman Trophy honors. According to Vegas Insider, Corral has the best odds at +150.
Through three games, the quarterback has the Rebels looking like a real contender in the SEC East and squarely in the College Football Playoff conversation. In Saturday’s 61-21 win over Tulane, he accounted for a school-record seven touchdowns in less than three quarters.
Corral does have some competition, though. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has shown he is perfectly capable of taking over for Mac Jones in the Crimson Tide offense across the opening three weeks of the season. He’s cruised to easy wins over Miami and Mercer, but this past weekend was his first true test.
Young had to take his Alabama offense into The Swamp and make his first SEC start on the road. He finished 22 of 35 for 240 yards and three touchdown passes, helping the Crimson Tide jump out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter. And as their defense struggled to slow down the Gators in the second half, Young did not commit a turnover and kept Alabama in the game as it escaped Gainesville with a 31-29 victory.
“I think the offense did a great job of answering the bell in the game,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “But our team needs to learn to maintain intensity throughout the game. … We’ve got a lot of good players. We’ve just got to get them to play a little better.”
Young has the second-best odds behind Corral, set at +400. The two quarterbacks will have a chance to square off on Oct. 2. The game will have plenty of playoff implications, but could make the difference in the Heisman competition.
After Young and Corral, there’s a huge drop off in the Heisman race.
Here are updated Heisman Trophy odds, per Vegas Insider:
QB Bryce Young, Alabama (+150)
QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss (+400)
QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State (+1600)
QB Sam Howell, North Carolina (+2000)
QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati (+2000)
RB CJ Verdell, Oregon (+2000)
QB Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma (+2500)
QB JT Daniels, Georgia (+2500)
RB TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State (+4000)
QB Anthony Brown, Oregon (+5000)
RB Bijan Robinson, Texas (+5000)
QB Sean Clifford, Penn State (+5000)
QB DJ Uiagaleleli, Clemson (+5000)
QB Malik Willis, Liberty (+5000)
RB Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State (+5000)
RB Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama (+6000)
QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA (+8000)
QB Jack Coan, Notre Dame (+8000)
QB Jayden Daniels, Arizona State (+8000)