USC’s Williams betting preferred for second Heisman

  • David Purdum, ESPN Staff WriterAug 25, 2023, 09:00 AM ET


    • Signed up with ESPN in 2014
    • Reporter covering betting market given that 2008

USC quarterback Caleb Williams is the agreement betting preferred to win the Heisman Prize again.Williams gets in

his junior season as the Heisman favorite at all U.S. sportsbooks. He is noted with 15-4 chances at Caesars Sportsbook.No other player

has single-digit chances. LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels(10-1) and Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers(14-1)are next, and Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy leads a group of 6 QBs with chances of 16-1. Top Chances To Win Heisman Prize Caleb Williams 15-4 Jayden Daniels 10-1 Quinn Ewers 14-1 J.J. McCarthy
16-1 Bo Nix 16-1 Sam Hartman 16-1 Drake Maye 16-1 Jordan Travis 16-1
Cade Klubnik
Michael Penix Jr.
18-1 Marvin Harrison
Jr. 18-1 Carson Beck
20-1 [via Caesars Sportsbook; as of Friday] Williams passed for 4,537 yards with 42 touchdowns and 5 interceptions en path to winning the

Heisman last season. He was the 3rd Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Trojans coach Lincoln Riley in the previous 6 seasons, following Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma. Williams would become the very first player to win consecutive Heismans because Ohio State’s Archie Griffin, who twice won college football’s most prestigious specific award.Williams and sixth-ranked USC open the season Saturday at home against San Jose State.While Williams is the precise preferred, the wagering public has not been overly enticed by his short chances. At FanDuel and DraftKings, the two biggest U.S. sportsbooks, Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. has actually drawn in more bets than Williams. More than twice as much money has been bet on Harrison than Williams at FanDuel. Harrison is a 30-1 underdog.Other top Heisman contenders, according to Caesars Sportsbook, consist of Oregon quarterback Bo Nix(16-1), North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye(16-1), Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis(16-1 )and Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman(16-1)

. The Fighting Irish kick off the season Saturday in Dublin versus Navy.Betting on the winner of the Heisman Prize remains a popular market for bettors and is offered in the bulk of states with U.S. sportsbooks.” It’s actually end up being a big market for us, the Heisman,”John Murray, executive director of the SuperBook, said.Murray added that the largest liability

the SuperBook has on its chances to win the Heisman Prize is Georgia tight end Brock Bowers at 60-1.

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