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Heisman Watch, Week 5: The odds-on favorite stumbles while more running backs join the party

The race for college football’s biggest individual honor is starting to get crowded.

Cincinnati v Notre Dame
Desmond Ridder of the Cincinnati Bearcats smiles following the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 2, 2021 in South Bend, Indiana.
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Week 5 of the 2021 college football season provided little clarity in the Heisman Trophy race. While some contenders saw big defeats hurt their chances, others entered the competition with big performances in a pivotal week. As we draw closer to the committee’s first College Football Playoff ranking, no individual has separated himself in the Heisman conversation, though there is a favorite.

Here’s a look at some of the contenders for the award after Week 5, and their updated odds as of 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 3rd from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+120)

Stock: Steady

Young was 20-26 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in Alabama’s 42-21 rout of Ole Miss. Young didn’t need to be spectacular, but he’s certainly one of the best quarterbacks in the nation even if his performances often get overshadowed by the overwhelming defense of his team.

Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati (+1200)

Stock: Up

Ridder (+1000) had a masterful performance in what was arguably Cincinnati’s biggest game ever. The quarterback threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns while adding a score on the ground. The Bearcats should run the table in the American and Ridder’s numbers will reflect their dominance. This season either ends with Cincinnati entering the playoff or claiming a national title after being excluded. Ridder is hoping that ending has a seat in New York with his name on it.

Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss (+200)

Stock: Down

Corral had a massive chance to cement himself as the odds-on favorite in this race, which he was entering the Alabama game according to DraftKings Sportsbook. After throwing for 213 yards and a touchdown in a 42-21 loss, there’s not much room for Corral to slip up further. The Rebels can still have a big year and Corral can still have big numbers, but the signature moment of the season seems to have already passed.

Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU (Odds N/A)

Stock: Up

The Cougars are steadily climbing up the rankings and have their running back to thank for that. After racking up 218 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Utah State, Allgeier has 569 yards and seven touchdowns through five games. BYU still has Boise State, Baylor, Virginia and USC on the schedule. If the Cougars run the table, Allgeier’s numbers might be too good to ignore.

Anthony Brown, QB, Oregon (+10000)

Stock: Down

The Ducks saw their path to the playoff blow up in a 31-24 overtime loss to Stanford. Brown was particularly poor, throwing for 186 yards and one interception. He did have a few rushing scores, but this was an underwhelming performance across the board. Oregon still has a path to the Pac-12 title and Brown (+5000) can still put up big stats but this loss will sting for months.

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+3500)

Stock: Up

Robinson has quietly racked up 652 yards and seven rushing touchdowns through five weeks and has Texas in the Big 12 conversation. The Longhorns enter a huge rivalry game against Oklahoma in Week 6, meaning Heisman contenders Robinson (+3500) and Sooners QB Spencer Rattler will be hoping for a signature moment. If Texas can spring the upset, Robinson’s stock will go up further.

Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville (+18000)

Stock: Up

It may be hard for some to see how Cunningham’s stock went up after a 37-34 loss to Wake Forest. It’s clear now that Louisville’s opening loss to Ole Miss was somewhat of an anomaly. The Cardinals are flying high with Cunningham running the offense and are still in the conference title hunt. The quarterback has 1,307 passing yards and seven touchdowns with just two interceptions, but it’s his 10 rushing scores that keep him in this conversation. If Louisville can make the conference title game, Cunningham (+20000) has a chance to win this award.

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+2000)

Stock: Up

The Buckeyes have life again in the grand scheme of things with Oregon losing. Stroud (+2200) has some impressive passing numbers this season with 1,293 yards and 13 touchdowns through four games. Ohio State will get to face Penn State, Michigan State and Michigan in order to resurrect its playoff resume. If the Buckeyes get to the Big Ten title game, Stroud’s numbers should be good enough to merit Heisman consideration.

Jaylen Warren, RB, Oklahoma State (Odds NA)

Stock: Up

Robinson isn’t the only Big 12 running back filling up the stat sheet. Warren has been big for the Cowboys, rushing for 512 yards and six touchdowns in five victories. After a slow start to the season, the running back has put up three straight 100-yard games and even has a 200-yard game on his resume. Oklahoma State is currently undefeated and enters an off week before facing Texas. If the Cowboys keep navigating through this season with Warren at the helm, look out.

Here are the complete odds as of 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 3rd from DraftKings Sportsbook:

Heisman Odds Week 6

Player Odds
Player Odds
Bryce Young +120
Matt Corral +200
Desmond Ridder +1200
CJ Stroud +2000
Spencer Rattler +2500
Kenneth Walker III +3000
Bijan Robinson +3500
Brian Robinson Jr +3500
Malik Willis +4000
TreVeyon Henderson +4000
JT Daniels +4000
Sean Clifford +4000
Kenny Pickett +5000
Sam Howell +6000
Cade McNamara +7500
Blake Corum +7500
Jayden Daniels +7500
Anthony Brown +10000
Casey Thompson +10000
Tyler Goodson +10000
Drake London +10000
Breece Hall +10000
Jake Haener +10000
Tanner Mordecai +10000
DJ Uiagalelei +10000
John Metchie III +10000
Emory Jones +10000
Chris Rodriguez Jr +13000
Brock Purdy +13000
Dorian Thompson-Robinson +13000
Brennan Armstrong +13000
Spencer Sanders +13000
Chris Olave +15000
Spencer Petras +15000
Garrett Wilson +15000
Isaiah Spiller +15000
Grayson McCall +15000
Payton Thorne +15000
Kedon Slovis +15000
Kyren Williams +15000
Zach Charbonnet +15000
Zamir White +15000
Bo Nix +18000
Malik Cunningham +18000
Tank Bigsby +18000
Xavier Hutchinson +20000
Carson Strong +20000
Sam Hartman +20000
Jordan Addison +20000
Travis Dye +20000
Jahan Dotson +20000
Will Rogers +20000
KJ Jefferson +20000
Jack Coan +20000
Eric Gray +20000
Zay Flowers +20000
Ty Chandler +20000
Anthony Richardson +20000
Hendon Hooker +20000
Leddie Brown +20000
Ainias Smith +20000
Sincere McCormick +25000
Zonovan Knight +30000
Bailey Zappe +30000
Levi Lewis +30000
Kyle Hamilton +30000
Zach Calzada +30000
D'Eriq King +30000
Kennedy Brooks +30000
Will Levis +30000
Max Johnson +30000
Taulia Tagovailoa +30000
Master Teague III +30000
Jarek Broussard +40000
Adrian Martinez +40000
Braxton Burmeister +40000
Dylan Morris +40000
Jarret Doege +40000
Chase Brice +40000
Marvin Mims +40000
Slade Bolden +40000
Connor Bazelak +40000
Lyn-J Dixon +40000
Tanner Morgan +40000
Jalen Wydermeyer +40000
Romeo Doubs +40000
Justyn Ross +40000
Max Duggan +40000
Hank Bachmeier +50000
Frank Gore Jr +50000
Grant Wells +50000