2023 Heisman Trophy Predictions
In just a few weeks, many college football teams will be playing their spring "game", a culmination of 15 on-field sessions over the course of a 34-day period. Before we know it, we'll be hearing pads hit and listening to the ESPN Talking Heads discuss who has the inside track to the 89th Heisman Trophy. If you let Doc’s Sports operate on your wagering injuries, he'll be sure to cure whatever ails you.
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2023 Heisman Trophy Odds
Caleb Williams (USC) +500
Forty-eight years. That is how long it has been since Archie Griffin won consecutive Heismans, making him the only two-time winner. If he can stay healthy, Williams has a fantastic chance to become the second. In an off-season in flux, the situation at USC is surprisingly stable, after their own regime change last year. The fact that Williams was able to put up those video game numbers (333-500, 66.7%, 4,537 yards, 45 TDs, and 5 INTs) in a new environment spells trouble for this year's field. His odds may even be priced a little high.
Jordan Travis (Florida State) +800
Once upon a time, FSU was in the conversation as being "a cradle of QBs". In a span of 20 years from 1993 to 2013, three different Florida State QBs brought home this illustrious award. Jordan Travis will attempt to make it four for the Seminoles. The full-time starter since the middle of the 2021 season, his statistics continue to improve rapidly. He already sports a 15-5 career record as a starter. And with major improvements in the offensive line as well as receivers and tight ends, Travis could be in line for a big season.
Drake Maye (North Carolina) +1000
Many QBs would falter when assuming the starting job after the program's all-time leading passer left to go into the NFL. Then-sophomore QB Drake Maye wasn't fazed one bit. All he did was become North Carolina's 9th all-time leading passer in his first season as a starter. He threw for 4,321 years, 38 TDs to 7 INTs, and also tacked on 698 yards of rushing with seven TDs on the ground. However, his task got considerably more difficult with the departure of Offensive Coordinator Phil Longo to the University of Wisconsin. Unfortunately for Maye, not only Longo, but also two capable wide receivers, also left. While Maye is incredibly gifted, there is better value out there.
Drew Allar (Penn State) +2500
Drew Allar is entering the same scenario that Drake Maye found himself in last season, replacing the program's all-time leading passer, the six-year-senior Sean Clifford. For many in the Nittany Nation, this change could not have come soon enough. Besides just unwarranted disgust of Clifford, these fans are giddy with excitement as Allar was the number one rated QB in the 2022 recruiting class. Helping him ease into his starting role is one of the best backfields in the country in fellow Heisman Trophy candidate Nick Singleton (+5000) and Kaytron Allen. With a vastly improved offensive line, and some big wide receiver transfers coming in, along with a favorable schedule, Penn State has the potential to be in the mix for the Big Ten Championship, as well as the College Football Playoff, all things that greatly enhance a potential Heisman candidate's resume.
Tanner Mordecai (Wisconsin) +12000
O.K., please understand that I am not saying this a lock or that you should take your 401(k) and make this wager. A dark horse, by definition, is a little-known contender that makes an unexpectedly good showing. That is exactly what Tanner Mordecai is in a position to do. His odds, currently at 120-1, are incredibly long. But let's look at his credentials and competition. He is playing for a coach (OC Phil Longo) who took a redshirt freshman who had attempted 10 passes in his collegiate career and turned him into the 10th-place finisher in last year's Heisman award. North Carolina didn't have nearly the level of talent that Wisconsin will be able to field this season. In his two seasons at SMU, he's thrown for 7,152 yards, a 66.4% competition percentage, and 72 touchdowns to 22 interceptions. He definitely has the attributes to win the award. Much like his fellow Big Ten brethren Penn State's Allar, Wisconsin should be favored in every game but one home matchup against Ohio State. Playing for conference and/or national championships does nothing but help strengthen a Heisman portfolio.
Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) +1200
Sam Hartman (Notre Dame) +1200
Bo Nix (Oregon) +1400
Joe Milton (Tennessee) +1800
Jayden Daniels (LSU) +2000
Kyle McCord (Ohio State) +2000
Quinn Ewers (Texas) +2000
Cade Klubnik (Clemson) +2200
Brock Vandagriff (Georgia) +2800
Blake Corum (Michigan) +3300
Carson Beck (Georgia) +4000
Ty Simpson (Alabama) +3000
J.J. McCarthy (Michigan) +4000
Dillon Gabriel (Oklahoma) +4000
Spencer Rattler (South Carolina) +4000
TreVeyon Henderson (Ohio State) +5000
Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State) +5000
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