Williams, who still had to play another season of college football before turning pro, was an early favorite to win prizes at the FOX Bet.
If the star midfielder wins the coveted award in recent years, he will become only the second player to do so. Ohio State Archie Griffin did it nearly 50 years ago, in 1974 and 1975.
USC’s Caleb Williams Wins Heisman Trophy, Lincoln Riley’s QB System
Joel Klatt reacts to USC Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams winning the 2022 Heisman Trophy.
The 2022 season is the first for both Williams and head coach Lincoln Riley at USC, as both players and coaches leave Oklahoma to take their talents West. And the move was successful for SC. Trojan finished as Pac-12 runner-up with an 11-2 record – a seven-match improvement from 2021. The 6-foot-1 sophomore finished with 544 votes in first place and total the score is 2,031 in the 2022 Heisman vote.
And Caleb definitely won all of those votes. He threw 4,075 yards with a 66.1% completion rate, dashed to 372 yards and scored a total of 47 touchdowns – 37 passes and 10 runs. So it’s no surprise that Williams leads the hypothetical Heisman Trophy odds too early in 2023 at FOX Bets.
Heisman Futures 2023 (hypothetical odds via FOX Bet)
- Caleb Williams (USC): +500 (bet $10 to win a total of $60)
- Drake Maye (North Carolina): +800 (bet $10 to win a total of $90)
- Michael Penix Jr. (Washington D.C): +1000 (bet $10 to win total $110)
- Arch Manning (Texas): +2500 (bet $10 to win a total of $260)
* Odds as of 12/19/22
“Williams is sure to be a favorite to repeat in Lincoln Riley’s sophomore year in Southern California,” said FOX Bet sports trader Matthew Griffe.
But there are three other QBs on the hypothetical odds table that are also worth considering.
Drake Maye and Michael Penix Jr. had a stellar 2022 season and received a Heisman vote. Penix moved to Washington from Indiana and helped design a big break for the Huskies in his first year with the team. His efforts earned him a total of 114 points and nine votes in first place. Tar Heel Drake Maye received 42 points and four votes in first place after leading North Carolina to the ACC championship game as a freshman in red.
However, the fourth name on the list is the biggest surprise. Arch Manning is technically still in high school and hasn’t even played a college football practice game.
But Texas’s commitment is seen as one of the best promising quarterbacks in a generation, and that’s at least in part due to his surname.
Arch is the grandson of Peyton and Eli Manning, the grandson of Hall-of-Famer Archie Manning, and his father Cooper Manning is a Kick-off FOX NFL character. Young Manning has benefited from learning from NFL legends in his own family from an early age.
Could that translate into some of the original Heisman hype?
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“His last name is the names for quarterbacks involved,” the odds maker continued. “Arch Manning still hasn’t had a starter job in Texas. But current beginner Quinn Ewers has struggled, so the focus may be on the third generation of the Manning dynasty as Arch looks to kickstart his college career.”
From USC battle-tested Williams to rising Texas star Manning, who should bettors really consider when it comes to early Heisman futures?
So we turned to FOX Sports Betting Analyst Jason McIntyre:
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The Trojans are fully loaded next season, but history is against Williams repeating as the winner of the Heisman Trophy. The last person to do that was Griffin almost 50 years ago. The schedule is favorable for Williams, as the Trojans only have two actual tests at Notre Dame — will almost certainly open as a top 10 team — and at Oregon. Williams won’t be snooping on anyone this year and will have to shoulder the burden of being the defending champion Heisman and favorite to be the first player to be included in the 2024 NFL Draft.
The biggest surprise in college football in 2022, Maye looks like an NFL quarterback as a true freshman. He far outperformed his overall hiring rating of 147 from Rivals. Maye hit something on the freshman wall late. He lost 0-3 to close out the regular season and had only one touchdown pass and four interceptions in surprising defeats before Georgian Technology and North Carolina State. Then the big loss first Clemson. Did the defense detect him?
the Old India the quarterback surprised some in the NFL by staying on campus for an extra year, but Washington’s offense will be a hit in 2023 as a result. His top receiver, Rome Odunze and Jalen McMillan has returned. If Penix remains healthy, the nearly 23-year-old has a chance to feature for the award that will take place in November.
It sounds interesting that there is some money for Manning to win Heisman, but there is a good chance that he is not even defeated Ewers Quinn for work starting in Austin. From that point of view, save your money. That said, if Manning wins the job and starts to get riled up over Steve Sarkisian’s offense, you’ll blame yourself for missing the boat.
Long shot – Jayden de Laura (Arizona)
He is not mentioned in these hypothetical Heisman situations, but everyone should keep an eye on Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura.
Maybe I’m biased following him in the West this season, but the Washington State transfer worked for the Wildcats. de Laura single-handedly kept Arizona close to Washington and USC and beat UCLA. If and only if that offense makes for historic numbers, Jayden could be a strong candidate.
Watch his odds to win the prize once Heisman’s odds officially drop as he is definitely a long-term bet worth the trouble.
Keep checking FOX Bet to find out how exciting the original Heisman futures market plays out!
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