Yea, College Football doesn’t kick off for three months, but I cannot contain myself as i am fiending for some real college ball and not the fake COVID season that 2020 was. Anyways, here are my way too early favorite bets to win the Heisman in 2021 as well as a link to my favorite game/ highlights of each player.
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma QB (+350)- I hate to bet the favorite, but Rattler is just so good and in my opinion the best QB in the nation, hence why he is the favorite. He was bad to start last year and I was almost ready to write him off as a bust as he was benched in the Red River Rivalry and backup Tanner Mordecai looked very solid in his relief. Rattler must have heard me talking down on him and used it as inspiration, because shortly after he was benched, he completely balled out. After starting 2-2, the Sooners did not lose another game and honestly I believe the team they had last year was far better than their 2019 playoff team. Rattler finished the year with 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. I only expect Rattler and the Sooners to improve in 2021 so Rattler being the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy is a no brainer.
D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson QB (+500) - Started multiple games for Clemson in 2020 after Trevor Lawrence got hurt and Clemson’s offense did not lose a step. He finished the year with 914 yards, 5 touchdowns and no interceptions. Uiagalelei has the strongest arm in the nation without a doubt. Not to mention, playing and learning under Trevor Lawrence will help the young QB mentally as he enters his first season as a full time starter. The ACC is simply not good so I expect Uiagalelei to shred opposing defenses.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss QB (+2000)- The most underrated player in the nation, and it's not close. Reminds me of Pat Mahomes. Corral has an absolute cannon, is elusive in the pocket and plays in an air raid offense. There’s not much more you can ask for. Elijah Moore and Kenny Yeboah leave which will hurt, but Corral is the type of player who makes everyone around him better. He finished 2020 with 3,037 yards, 29 touchdowns and 14 INTs. He also finished the season ranked 3rd in QBR (89.9) only trailing Mac Jones and Justin Fields. In his second season with Lane Kiffin at the helm, I expect his decision making to get better and Ole Miss to be a very good team. +2000 for a player this talented and in this offense is absolutely ridiculous.
Casey Thompson, Texas QB (+5000)- If you watched the Alamo Bowl, you know Casey Thompson is legit. In the two quarters he played in that game he impressed me more than Sam Ehlinger did in his 20 year career with the Longhorns. With what Steve Sarkisian did at Alabama, I expect Thompson to thrive in 2021. Two of Texas’ top 3 receivers from last year return so a lack of weapons will not hold him back and going up against extremely mediocre defenses in the Big 12 only strengthens his case. Thompson is the type of QB who does nothing wrong. Extremely accurate, great arm strength and very good athleticism. This is Texas’ best team in a while and with Sark leading the way, the sky's the limit for Thompson and the Longhorns.
Michael Penix, Indiana QB (+5000)- Why are his odds so high? I have no clue. I called Indiana my sleeper last year and had them going 6-2. Got that exactly right but they probably would have gone 7-1 if Penix had not gotten hurt. In 6 games last year, Penix went 5-1 with 1,645 yards, 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His favorite target, Ty Fryfogle returns, as well as Peyton Hendershot, one of the most underrated tight ends in the nation, so he will have some great weapons to throw to. Penix has a great arm and phenomenal athleticism for someone of his stature. I believe this year will be a down year for the BIG 10 as a whole but Penix and IU will have a very successful campaign. The only way I don’t see him being top 10 in Heisman voting is if his season once again, gets cut short because of injury. Fun fact about Penix, in his 2 seasons at IU, he only has 2 career losses. Both those teams were ranked and in one of those games, he had a 93 QBR while in the other, he threw for 492 yards and 5 touchdowns.