Scarlet Sunrise: C.J. Stroud odds climb among Heisman Trophy favorites

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Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud is among the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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C.J. Stroud odds climb among Heisman Trophy favorites

C.J. Stroud hasn’t thrown a collegiate pass. The Ohio State quarterback hasn’t even won the starting job yet.

But he is steadily climbing the Heisman Trophy odds already. Stroud began the offseason off the board among Heisman favorites. But that was January. He has since risen all the way up the odds list and is now in position with the third-best odds to win the most prestigious individual award in college sports.

Stroud is now listed at 10/1 to win the Heisman, trailing only Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniels (5/1 odds) and Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7/1). Alabama’s Bryce Young is also at 10/1 to win the award, tying Stroud. Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is just behind them at 11/1 odds.

C.J. Stroud hasn’t been named the next starting quarterback at Ohio State yet. But he is already rapidly rising up Heisman Trophy odds lists.

New Tim May Podcast

Tim May welcomes Bill Bender, the national college football writer for The Sporting News, on the show for a conversation about Texas and Oklahoma making their intentions known they plan to leave the Big 12 Conference for the SEC and what the move could mean for Ohio State and the Big Ten.

Texas and Oklahoma made their first formal step of leaving the Big 12 on Monday when they informed the conference they don’t plan on extending the grant of media rights past the 2024-2025 season. The addition of the two teams to the SEC makes the conference a mega-conference, a first of its kind.

How will Ohio State and the Big Ten make sure not to fall behind? Tim and Bill discuss a handful of options that the Big Ten could move. The guys break down each option.

Can the Big Ten become a mega-conference? What is the best move for the conference to make? And how will it make an impact on Ohio State?

Find out on this episode of the Tim May Podcast.

Could five-star J.T. Tuimoloau also play basketball for Buckeyes?

Ohio State landed a commitment from five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau on July 4. He is now enrolled in classes and on campus with the football program to begin his career. But he was also recruited by many schools to play basketball. Could Tuimoloau be a dual-sport athlete for the Buckeyes this winter?

Lettermen Row’s Austin Ward has more:

His unique combination of size, mobility, impressive footwork and a knack for mastering technique translates to both sports, and there were discussions during his recruitment about the possibility of trying to play both football and basketball at the college level. But considering that Ohio State is an annual College Football Playoff contender with a season that spills over into January and the critical physical development that occurs during strength coach Mickey Marotti’s grueling offseason workouts, an already small window to contribute for Holtmann only figures to shrink once Tuimoloau gets through a season on the gridiron with an eye on his professional future.

That doesn’t mean the door is closed for him or other aspiring two-sport stars like top-rated recruit Lebbeus Overton. Holtmann and Day will continue to collaborate on recruitments if that’s an option players want to pursue at Ohio State, though it’s certainly a difficult path for even the most gifted athletes.

READ: How Buckeyes are handling dual-sport ‘conversations’ with J.T. Tuimoloau

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