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Sean Clifford, Devyn Ford Receive 100/1 Odds To Win 2021 Heisman

Like most of us, many sportsbooks are already leaving 2020 behind to focus on what 2021 may bring.

DraftKings Sportsbook announced its 2021 Heisman Trophy odds on Tuesday, which unsurprisingly features Penn State football’s Sean Clifford and Devyn Ford. Both Nittany Lions were given 100/1 (+10,000) odds to bring home the most prized trophy in college football.

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is the favorite to win the trophy with 3/1 odds, according to DraftKings. Rattler led the Sooners to a 9-2 record while throwing for more than 3,000 yards and completing 67.5% of his passes, earning him a 172.6 passer rating.

Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. (100/1), Nebraska’s Luke McCaffrey (150/1), and Wisconsin’s Graham Mertz (150/1) are some other notable Big Ten quarterbacks to make DraftKings’ list. Former Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter, now at Florida, picked up 150/1 odds to win the trophy.

Clifford’s 100/1 odds to win the trophy is down from last year, which pegged him at 50/1 after the season ended. However, some sportsbooks like FanDuel have the quarterback as high as 30/1 to win the 2021 Heisman.

Following an impressive 2019 campaign, Clifford regressed during a tumultuous 2020 season. He was benched for Will Levis after the team’s 0-5 start but reclaimed the job while leading the Nittany Lions to a 4-0 season finish. He threw for 1,883 yards on a 60.6% completion clip. He threw 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions during Penn State’s nine-game season.

While Clifford didn’t take the jump many were hoping for in 2020, there’s no saying he won’t greatly improve in 2021. He appeared poised toward the end of the season and made plenty of electric plays while quietly logging a higher completion percentage than in 2019.

Ford received an increased number of snaps after Journey Brown and Noah Cain missed the season with injuries. The running back missed time himself due to medical issues but managed to rush for 274 yards on 67 attempts, good for 4.1 yards-per-carry. Ford punched in three touchdowns as well.

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