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Heisman Watch, Week 6: Quarterback-running back combinations putting up massive numbers

Offensive teammates are entering the race for college football’s biggest individual honor together.

Maryland v Ohio State
C.J. Stroud of the Ohio State Buckeyes hands the ball off to TreVeyon Henderson in the first quarter during a game against the Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio.
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Week 6 of the 2021 college football season saw the biggest upset of the year with No. 1 Alabama losing to Texas A&M 41-38. There were also some other big results in the week, with Oklahoma and Iowa remaining unbeaten and Michigan surviving a scare at the hands of Nebraska. These results will impact the Heisman race in a way, as players from winning teams tend to have a more favorable narrative as the season goes on.

Here’s a look at some of the contenders for the award after Week 6, and their odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+125)

Stock: Steady

Young threw for 369 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Alabama’s loss. As we’ve seen in the past, Heisman winners don’t necessarily have to come from the team that wins the whole thing. And Alabama most certainly can still do that, so Young has plenty left to play for. The numbers will be there and so will some big wins.

QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati (+1200)

Stock: Up

Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout win over Temple, while running back Jerome Ford added 149 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. This combination is working well for Cincinnati, who is trying to become the first Group of 5 team to make the College Football Playoff. If Ridder (and Ford) keep this up, they’ll be crashing more than just the playoff party.

QB Payton Thorne and RB Kenneth Walker, Michigan State (+10000, +1200)

Stocks: Up

Thorne threw for 340 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Michigan State’s win over Rutgers. The quarterback is steadily putting up big numbers, and is entering the business end of the season with everything to play for. Walker ripped off a massive 94-yard touchdown run as part of his 223-yard effort against the Scarlet Knights. If he keeps playing like this, Michigan State is going to be a big factor in the national conversation.

QB CJ Stroud and RB TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State (+1500, +3000)

Stocks: Up

Stroud is going to have monster numbers at the end of the season. The quarterback threw five touchdowns in a win over Maryland, bringing his season total to 18 through five games. Henderson added 102 yards and two scores on the ground, continuing his big year. Ohio State is still undefeated in conference play and is the favorite to win the Big Ten. The resume will be there for both players assuming the Buckeyes keep winning.

QB Casey Thompson and RB Bijan Robinson, Texas (+7500, +3000)

Stocks: Up

Thompson tossed five touchdowns in a 55-48 loss to Oklahoma, but the Longhorns quarterback still has a chance to get to the Big 12 title game and win the conference. That would make up for this defeat and the loss to Arkansas. Robinson had a strong day as well with 137 yards and a score. Texas isn’t back yet, but these players are a deadly combination certain to make the Longhorns a threat in the Big 12 going forward.

Here are the complete odds to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy from DraftKings Sportsbook as of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, October 11th:

Heisman Trophy Odds Week 7

Player Odds
Player Odds
Bryce Young +180
Matt Corral +200
CJ Stroud +800
Kenneth Walker III +1200
Bijan Robinson +1400
Desmond Ridder +1400
TreVeyon Henderson +3000
Brian Robinson Jr +4000
Kenny Pickett +4000
Malik Willis +5000
Casey Thompson +6000
Spencer Rattler +6000
Jayden Daniels +7500
Cade McNamara +7500
Tyler Goodson +8000
Chris Rodriguez Jr +8000
Breece Hall +10000
Zamir White +10000
Blake Corum +10000
Brennan Armstrong +10000
Payton Thorne +10000
Emory Jones +10000
Anthony Brown +10000
Sam Howell +10000
Drake London +10000
Jahan Dotson +10000
Hendon Hooker +13000
Spencer Petras +13000
Kennedy Brooks +13000
DJ Uiagalelei +13000
Spencer Sanders +13000
Brock Purdy +15000
Dorian Thompson-Robinson +15000
John Metchie III +15000
Kyren Williams +15000
Carson Strong +15000
KJ Jefferson +15000
Will Levis +15000
Chris Olave +15000
Garrett Wilson +15000
Isaiah Spiller +15000
Grayson McCall +15000
Tanner Mordecai +15000
Sam Hartman +15000
Ainias Smith +20000
Xavier Hutchinson +20000
Jordan Addison +20000
Will Rogers +20000
Zach Calzada +20000
Zay Flowers +20000
Jake Haener +20000
Travis Dye +20000
Zach Charbonnet +20000
Jayden Reed +20000
Tank Bigsby +25000
Bo Nix +25000
Marvin Mims +25000
Sincere McCormick +25000
Malik Cunningham +30000
Levi Lewis +30000
Kedon Slovis +30000
Bailey Zappe +30000
Jack Coan +30000
Chase Brice +40000
Adrian Martinez +40000
Braxton Burmeister +40000
Jalen Wydermeyer +40000
Romeo Doubs +40000
Kyle Hamilton +50000