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Longshots to Win the Heisman Trophy Next Season

Longshots to Win the Heisman Trophy Next Season
Running back Breece Hall #28 of the Iowa State Cyclones is tackled. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images/AFP

College football and Heisman odds. Who are some longshots to win the Heisman Trophy?

Every year, the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy are clear at the beginning of the season. Since 2015, no clear-cut favorite ended up winning the award at the end of the year. From Derrick Henry’s rise to Joe Burrow’s stardom to the immaculate 2020 season by DeVonta Smith, someone always surprises voters by the end of the regular season.

The beauty of longshot picks is that they are hard to predict. No one would have predicted a receiver to win the Heisman Trophy, and no one would expect Trevor Lawrence to go three seasons without winning the award. If you can defy the odds, there is an opportunity for a major payout this upcoming college football season.

The beauty of longshot picks is that they are hard to predict. No one would have predicted a receiver to win the Heisman Trophy, and no one would expect Trevor Lawrence to go three seasons without winning the award. If you can defy the odds, there is an opportunity for a major payout this upcoming college football season.

With that in mind, who should be considered a longshot to win the Heisman Trophy? Some of these players have favorable odds, but others might be overhyped by bettors this summer. Either way, here are some people with a distant shot of winning the Heisman Trophy. They all have a chance, but they are behind the 8-ball at this point in the offseason.

Matt Corrall, Ole Miss QB

Matt Corrall is an interesting prospect. He is losing his stud receiver in Elijah Moore, but he will get a whole offseason to work with quarterback guru Lane Kiffin. Kiffin has an innate ability to craft offenses around a player’s strengths, and he can do that with Corrall. This is what he did with Alabama as an offensive coordinator as the Tide went from Jake Coker to Jalen Hurts. If he can recruit and pivot towards Corrall’s strengths, he will flood the stat sheet.

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Corrall will also be playing against SEC defenses all season, so this will be a trial by fire. However, it will give him plenty of chances to have a Heisman moment. If he can upset any of the top dogs in the conference, the Rebels will be the talk of the town.

Specifically, Corrall’s chance to beat Alabama would give him a meteoric rise in the Heisman polls. This is what we saw from Johnny Manziel, and Kiffin will give Corrall that marketable factor.

It’s hard to believe that Ole Miss will be competing in the SEC, but you at least see a path to the Heisman Trophy. With his Heisman odds last being placed at +2500, don’t be shocked if there is a pivot as the season approaches.

Running back Breece Hall #28 of the Iowa State Cyclones carries against the Oregon Ducks. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images/AFP

Breece Hall, Iowa State RB

People will love to vote for quarterbacks, but skill players have proven that they can win the Heisman as well. With no clear-cut faces of college football in 2021, Hall might slide in if Iowa State can go on a run.

Hall will begin 2021 as the best running back in college football by a mile. He has the stats to back it up, but his skills on the field are rare. The only issue is that no one talks about him because he plays for the Iowa State Cyclones.

If Hall can somehow shine on a big stage in 2021, he will at least be a Heisman finalist. He will be on a solid team that will look to run the ball consistently. He might not have the flashy play or insane highlight reel, but he will be one of the best players in college football. That’s supposed to be who wins the award, but we’ll see what the committee does next December. That being said, there is some value now at +2500.

Quarterback Tyler Shough #12 of the Oregon Ducks warms up. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Tyler Shough, Oregon QB

Out of all the longshots, Shough has the worst value. That being said, he has plenty working in his favor. The Pac-12 is a winnable conference, so Oregon could potentially be a College Football Playoff team. The Ducks will also have a top-tier matchup against the Ohio State Buckeyes. If you need a Heisman moment, that game is sitting on a silver platter.

However, there is undoubtedly a bias against teams on the west coast. You have to go into the year with hype, and Shough has practically none. If other stars in the Pac-12 have been unable to win the Heisman, why would Tyler Shough be any different?

Since he isn’t heading into the year as one of the top names in college football, I don’t see any value in his +5000 Heisman odds at the best betting sites.