November 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) with the ball during the first half of the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports
- Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud are favorites to win the 2022 Heisman Trophy
- However, longshots often win the Heisman, and there are several interesting bets in the 2022 pre-season.
- Read below the best 2022 Heisman longshots to bet in pre-season
The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Ohio State center CJ Stroud are favored in the 2022 Heisman Trophy odds.
The Heisman is a difficult reward to predict, as the favored player in the pre-season usually doesn’t end up winning the trophy. Betting on the right Heisman longshot during pre-season can be the key to making a massive profit at the end of the year.
Let’s take a look at the Heisman pre-season odds for 2022 and bring you our top three longshot bets.
2022 Heisman Trophy odds
|CJ Stroud (QB, Ohio State)||+200|
|Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)||+400|
|Caleb Williams (QB, USC)||+600|
|DJ Uiagalelei (QB, Clemson)||+3000|
|Tyler Van Dyke (QB, Miami)||+3000|
|Dillon Gabriel (QB, UCF)||+3000|
|Quinn Ewers (QB, Texas)||+4000|
|Jaxson Dart (QB, Ole Miss)||+4000|
|Will Anderson (LB, Alabama)||+4000|
|Bijan Robinson (RB, TX)||+5000|
|Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR, Ohio State)||+5000|
|Jahmyr Gibbs (RB, Alabama)||+5000|
|Hendon Hooker (QB, Tennessee)||+6000|
|TreVeyon Henderson (RB, Ohio State)||+6000|
|Anthony Richardson (QB, Florida)||+6000|
|Braelon Allen (RB, Wis.)||+6000|
|Will Rogers (QB, Miss State)||+8000|
|KJ Jefferson (QB, Arkansas)||+8000|
|Malik Cunningham (QB, Liberty)||+8000|
|Spencer Rattler (QB, South Carolina)||+8000|
|Jordan Addison (WR, Pittsburgh)||+8000|
|Jayden Daniels (QB, Arizona State)||+8000|
|Sam Hartman (QB, Wake Forest)||+8000|
|Max Johnson (QB, Texas A&M)||+8000|
|Cameron Rising (QB, Utah)||+8000|
|Spencer Sanders (QB, OK State)||+8000|
|Devin Leary (QB, NC State)||+8000|
|Devon Achane (RB, Texas A&M)||+8000|
Odds as of July 16, 2022 on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Alabama QB Bryce Young is Heisman’s most recent winner, winning the trophy in 2021. Young was favored in the preseason, ending a trend of winning from long range.
Heisman’s two previous winners, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith and LSU QB Joe Burrow, were both extreme long shots in the preseason.
Van Dyke will release huge numbers
Miami quarterback Tyer Van Dyke is one of the best long-term bets on Heisman you can make in the 2022 preseason. The young pivot is poised to shred ACC defenses this season after impressing as a rookie in 2021.
Van Dyke has started the Hurricanes’ last nine games of 2021, throwing for 2,931 yards and 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions. Dyke finished with a passing efficiency rating of 160.1, which was second-best in the ACC behind Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett (165.3).
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Miami had an explosive offense last season, averaging 321.2 passing yards per game. There’s a chance for the Hurricanes to be even more dangerous in 2022 with the arrival of new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis under Mario Cristobal.
Van Dyke has some of his best wide receiver targets from last season, in addition to Clemson transfer Frank Ladson. Miami takes on Texas A&M in Week 2, which means Van Dyke’s Heisman odds could change early in the season if he’s able to lead Miami to an upset offer.
Value bet: Tyler Van Dyke (+3000)
Texas runs on Bijan
Quarterback Quinn Ewers has been the hottest in Texas lately, but running back Bijan Robinson is the name to watch in the Heisman race. The explosive RB returns for a third season after already being a first-round lock in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Robinson rushed for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games last season, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He showed his explosiveness and Heisman potential in a five-game opening streak in which he rushed for 752 yards and 10 TDs.
Robinson also caught 26 passes out of the backfield in 2021, which is a skill that bolsters his Heisman value. Several former Heisman running backs, including Alabama’s Mark Ingram, have made themselves worthy of the “Most Outstanding Player” award because of their pass-catching ability.
Just like with Van Dyke, Robinson has a match on his schedule with the potential for a ‘Heisman moment’. The Longhorns will face Alabama in Week 2 and will be heavy underdogs. If Robinson goes beast mode against the tide, Robinson’s +5000 Heisman chances will be a long and distant memory.
Value bet: Bijan Robinson (+5000)
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Anderson is a man among boys
Alabama QB Bryce Young is favored to win a second straight Heisman Trophy in 2022, but it’s teammate Will Anderson who is the better value bet. The linebacker was arguably the best player in college football in 2021 and is set for a huge junior season at Tuscaloosa.
Anderson led the FBS in tackles for loss (34.5) and sacks (17.5) last season. With Alabama losing a few offensive plays this offseason but gaining more experience defensively, Anderson could post even more impressive numbers in 2022.
Anderson faces an uphill battle in Heisman ratings, as no defensive player has won the award since Charles Woodson in 1997. Michigan DE Aidon Hutchinson finished second in the 2021 Heisman vote, showing that defensive players are getting their from.
Alabama has produced three of the last seven Heisman winners, and Anderson is a solid value at +4000 to keep that trend going. With all the constant changes in college football, a defensive player winning the Heisman doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.
Value bet: Will Anderson (+4000)
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