2023 Heisman Longshots to Bet in Preseason


Drake Maye warms up for the Holiday Bowl.

Dec 28, 2022; San Diego, CA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) warms up before the 2022 Holiday Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

  • Caleb Williams is favored to win the 2023 Heisman Trophy, after claiming the award in 2022
  • There are plenty of longshots worthy of a bet, most notably UNC QB Drake Maye
  • See below for the best 2023 Heisman Trophy longshots to bet in the preseason

Only one player in college football history has ever won the Heisman Trophy twice. Archie Griffin accomplished the feat back in the mid-70’s, yet reigning champ Caleb Williams is getting all the love to go back-to-back heading into the 2023 season.

2023 Heisman Trophy Odds

Player Odds
Caleb Williams (QB, USC) +550
Quinn Ewers (QB, Texas) +1200
Jayden Daniels (QB, LSU) +1200
Cade Klubnik (QB, Clemson) +1400
Jordan Travis (QB, Florida State) +1400
Sam Hartman (QB, Notre Dame) +1600
Michael Penix Jr. (QB, Washington) +1600
Drake Maye (QB, North Carolina) +1600
Bo Nix (QB, Oregon) +1600
J.J. McCarthy (QB, Michigan) +1800
Carson Beck (QB, Georgia) +2000
Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR, Ohio State) +2000
Kyle McCord (QB, Ohio State) +2200
Drew Allar (QB, Penn State) +2500
Joe Milton (QB, Tennessee) +2500
Blake Corum (RB, Michigan) +2800
TreVeyon Henderson (RB, Ohio State) +3000
Brock Vandagriff (QB, Georgia) +3500
Dillon Gabriel (QB, Oklahoma) +3500
Conner Weigman (QB, Texas A&M) +4500
Quinshon Judkins (RB, Ole Miss) +5000
Nick Singleton (RB, Penn State) +5000
Spencer Rattler (QB, South Carolina) +6000
Jalen Milroe (QB, Alabama) +6000
Ty Simpson (QB, Alabama) +6000
Tyler Buchner (QB, Alabama) +6000
Devin Brown (QB, Ohio State) +6000
Will Shipley (RB, Clemson) +6000

Williams is currently the +550 favorite in the Heisman Trophy odds, which is a price tag that’s more than twice as short as the next closest contender.

The USC product is also favored to be selected first overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. However, much like the previous Heisman Trophy winner before him (Bryce Young), there’s a good chance he goes number one and falls short of repeating as college football’s most valuable player.

That will open up the door for a potential longshot to capture the coveted award, and we’ve seen some massive preseason underdogs walk away with the award in recent memory.



In 2020, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith was +10000 prior to the season to win the Heisman. The wideout beat the odds in the COVID-shortened campaign thanks to a stellar year, and a lack of spectacular QB play.

In 2019, LSU’s Joe Burrow was priced as long as 200-1 in the preseason. Burrow’s lighting-fast start quickly shortened his odds to +8000, and by the end of the season, he was -1000 to claim the trophy.

Odds as of July 16 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Claim a DraftKings promo code to bet on College Football futures.

Got to Love the Drake

If someone other than Williams is going to win the award, chances are it will be a quarterback. 10 of the past 12 Heisman Trophy winners have been QB’s and only six of the top-30 contenders on the oddsboard are not signal callers.

Heisman Trophy Winners Last 12 years

Player Year
Caleb Williams (USC) 2022
Bryce Young (Alabama) 2021
DeVonta Smith (Alabama) 2020
Joe Burrow (LSU) 2019
Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) 2018
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) 2017
Lamar Jackson (Louisville) 2016
Derrick Henry (Alabama) 2015
Marcus Mariota (Oregon) 2014
Jameis Winston (Florida State) 2013
Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) 2012
Robert Griffith III (Baylor) 2011

It wasn’t too long ago that UNC’s Drake Maye had the second shortest Opening 2023 Heisman Trophy odds, and his slide down the betting board is being overblown.

For starters, if someone is going to overtake Williams as the top selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, chances are it will be Maye. He’s already projected to be the second QB taken, and as he proved last year, his ceiling is sky-high.

As a redshirt freshman, Maye threw for 4,321 yards and 38 TD in 2022, while rushing for another seven scores. He led North Carolina to a 9-1 start and an ACC Championship Game appearance, and he could get a significant boost from new OC Chip Lindsey.

The former Auburn OC helped Jarrett Stidham set numerous records for the Tigers, and his offense is considered more balanced, which will alleviate some of the Tar Heels’ offensive line concerns.

The public is also panicking about two of Maye’s weapons leaving for the NFL, but UNC used the transfer portal to its advantage poaching receiver talent from both Kent State and Georgia Tech. +1600 is far too long a price for a player of Maye’s talent, and one that will be slashed quickly the moment he showcases similar form as last season.

Pick: Drake Maye (+1600)

Opening Odds to Make/ Miss the College Football Playoff in 2023-24

Milton is a Money Maker

Much like former Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker, the Vols Joe Milton has the chance to challenge for the Heisman late in his college career. He had a 10-to-0 TD-to-INT rate and completed 65% of his passes in limited duty last season, and was instrumental in Tennessee’s Orange Bowl win.

The sixth-year QB be leading a Josh Heupel offense that has a proven track record of success. In his five seasons as a head coach, Heupel quarterbacks have averaged 34 touchdown passes. Last year, Tennessee was among the nation’s best in yards per play, yards per pass attempt and explosive passes, and the expectation is Milton produces similar results in 2023.

If Milton comes roaring out of the gate, his price will be drastically shortened immediately. Take advantage of the favorable number now and lock in the +2500 odds.

Pick: Joe Milton (+2500)


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Chris Amberley

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