Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (9) runs against Georgia during the first half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Alabama QB Bryce Young set an SEC Championship record with 421 passing yards against Georgia
Young became a heavy -3500 favorite in the Heisman odds after his performance
Can any player challenge Bryce Young for the 2021 Heisman Trophy?
The odds say Alabama quarterback Bryce Young locked up the Heisman Trophy with his epic performance against Georgia in the SEC Title Game. Young’s Heisman odds improved to -3500 after he led the Tide to a 41-24 upset win over the Bulldogs.
Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are longshots in the Heisman odds following Conference Championship Week. Do any one of them stand a chance against Young?
The table below shows the updated Heisman odds after Conference Championship Week (Week 14).
Heisman Trophy Odds
Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)
Aidan Hutchinson (DE, Michigan)
Kenny Pickett (QB, Pittsburgh)
CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State)
Matt Corral (QB, Ole Miss)
Will Anderson (LB, Alabama)
Kenneth Walker III (RB, Michigan State)
Odds as of Dec. 5th at FanDuel.
The 2021 Heisman Trophy Ceremony will take place in New York on Saturday, December 11th at 8:00 PM EST. The four finalists will be announced on Monday, Dec. 6.
Young Carves Up Georgia
Bryce Young saw his Heisman odds improve from -220 to +3500 after leading Alabama past No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship. Young set SEC Championship records with 421 yards passing and 461 yards total offense in a 41-24 victory. Alabama was a six-point underdog in the game.
🔥 421 pass yards (SEC Championship Game record)
🔥 40 rush yards
🔥 4 total TD pic.twitter.com/mZLSearuZ5
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 5, 2021
This is exactly the type of performance Young needed to lock up the Heisman Trophy. The sophomore pivot carved up a Georgia defense that had been allowing just 6.9 points per game entering Saturday. Young wasn’t sacked once and showed off his mobility for rushing for 40 TDs and a score.
Young arguably had a “Heisman moment” last weekend when he led Alabama on an insane 97-point drive game against Auburn. All he had to do to maintain his lead in the race was put up strong numbers against UGA. Young exceeded those expectations by leading Alabama to their sixth SEC Championship in eight years.
SEC CHAMPIONS 💪#BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jHPapY6hEw
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 5, 2021
Young is a sure-fire bet to become the first Alabama quarterback in history to win the Heisman. The California native finishes the regular season with 4,322 passing yards and 43 TDs to go with only four interceptions. His 88.9 quarterback rating is second in the nation behind only Ohio State’s CJ Stroud (89.8).
2022 CFP National Championship Odds Tracker
Hutchinson Eats Up Hawkeyes
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson bolstered his Heisman resume in the Big 10 Championship Game against Iowa. The senior was named MVP of the game after recording four tackles and a sack in a 42-3 victory. Hutchinson became the first-ever defensive player to be named MVP of the Big 10 Title Game.
#Hutchinson4Heisman #Hutchinson4Heisman #Hutchinson4Heisman #Hutchinson4Heisman #Hutchinson4Heisman #Hutchinson4Heisman
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 5, 2021
Hutchinson had his “Heisman moment” last weekend against Ohio State when he sacked Buckeyes’ pivot CJ Stroud three times in a big upset victory. This time against Iowa, Hutchinson got consistent pressure on Iowa’s quarterbacks to hold the Hawkeyes to 279 yards of total offense.
Hutchinson’s Heisman odds faded from +1600 to +1400 mainly due to Young’s performance against Georgia. Michigan’s star DE is facing an uphill battle to even receive an invite to New York, as only one primary defensive player has ever won the Heisman (Charles Woodson, 1997).
Pickett Leads Pitt to Glory
Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett might be Bryce Young’s biggest competition at the quarterback position to win the Heisman. Pickett accounted for three touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a convincing 45-21 victory over Wake Forest in the ACC Title Game. It’s the program’s first ACC Title since 2014.
Legends Live Forever 🐐 #H2P 🏆 pic.twitter.com/cSNxJHNOwR
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) December 5, 2021
Pickett saw his Heisman odds fade from +2000 to +3000 after the game, which is once again more reflective of what Young accomplished in the SEC Championship Game. What Pickett does have working for him is that he had a “Heisman moment” against WFU in which he faked a slide during a 58-yard TD run.
Pickett finishes the year with 4.319 passing yards and 42 TDs to go with seven interceptions. While the fifth-year senior had an incredible season, Young has him beat in all the key categories. Pickett may receive an invite to New York, but Pittsburgh not making the CFP will cost him the trophy.
Heisman Analysis After Week 14
All the signs point to Bryce Young becoming to first Alabama quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy. He ranks top nationally in all the major passing categories and delivered his best performance in his biggest game. Not to mention, Alabama is the new No. 1 team in the CFP rankings.
HEISMAN MOMENT 🏆
Bryce Young puts up a record 461 yards of total offense against Georgia’s Monstar defense! pic.twitter.com/umlkWcQDSm
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 5, 2021
It’s fun to consider placing a longshot bet on Hutchinson, but it just isn’t a smart play. There’s a bias against defensive players in the Heisman voting and a favoritism towards quarterbacks. Eight of the last Heisman winners have been QB’s and only one defensive player has ever won.
Ohio State DE Chase Young only received six first-place votes in the 2019 Heisman voting despite racking up 16.5 sacks, so it’s hard to envision Hutchinson seriously challenging Young for the trophy. The Michigan star is a smart bet to receive an invite New York, but Young has the trophy in the bag.