College football futures watch: Stroud, Buckeyes making a move
Ohio State’s loss to Oregon seems like a long time ago … because it was. The Buckeyes’ have since reeled off 5 wins in a row and have moved back up to No. 5 in the rankings, and to No. 3 in the National Championship odds. Everyone, of course, is still trailing Georgia.
Let’s take a look at where some of the futures markets stand following 8 full weeks of college football action.
Ohio State +550
Georgia and Alabama still occupy the top 2 places, just as they did before the season started, albeit in reverse order. The Dawgs remain at +120 to win the College Football Playoff after being idle this past week as they prepare to face Florida on Saturday. Bama continued a slow but steady fall from +240 to +260 after messing around with Tennessee for 3 quarters.
Going in the other direction is Ohio State, which climbed from +800 to +550. The Buckeyes have been absolutely destroying opponents since losing to Oregon and they are now 4-0 in the Big Ten following a 54-7 rout of Indiana. However, a tough closing schedule includes Penn State this weekend and eventually Michigan State and Michigan. Oklahoma, Cincinnati, and Michigan round out the top 6 favorites. Nobody else outside the top 6 has better than +5500 odds (Oregon).
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama +160
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss +280
CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State +550
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh +1000
Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma +1400
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State +2000
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State +2500
Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati +2800
Although there is starting to be some separation at the top between Bryce Young and Matt Corral, the Heisman Trophy race as a whole has become tighter. Young (+160) has his biggest lead over Corral (+260) after passing for 371 yards and accounting for 4 total touchdowns during Alabama’s 52-24 victory over Tennessee. However, CJ Stroud has surged to +500, making the Heisman an apparent 3-man race for the first time this season. Caleb Williams also continued his march up the list, currently coming in at +1400 thanks to his heroics in Oklahoma’s otherwise uninspiring defeat of Kansas.
Stroud isn’t the only Buckeye making a move. Running back TreVeyon Henderson has entered the Heisman chat at +2500 after averaging 9.0 yards per carry and scoring 3 touchdowns against Indiana.
There is a new beast of the ACC — at least for the time being — and it’s Pittsburgh. Kenny Pickett and the Panthers took care of Clemson 27-17 to remain the only undefeated team in the Coastal Division. Now that the Tigers have 2 conference losses, the door to the Atlantic Division title is open for Wake Forest. Pittsburgh is a -120 favorite to win the ACC and Wake is a +280 second choice.
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