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Kedon Slovis Among First Heisman Trophy Betting Odds Favorites

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Kenny Pickett is coming off Pitt’s first Heisman finalist season since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003, and the early betting odds like incoming quarterback Kedon Slovis’s chances at continuing Pitt’s run of producing Heisman-level quarterbacks.

FanDuel Sportsbook released its first Heisman Trophy winner odds of the year, and while it’s a two-man race at the top, Slovis holds the eighth-best odds to take home the Heisman season — tied with Florida’s Anthony Richardson with +3000 odds.

While Slovis hasn’t officially won the Pitt starting spot yet, with head coach Pat Narduzzi promising a battle to determine Pickett’s position like any other position on the team, it’s likely Slovis will trot out with the first-team offense against West Virginia in September.

Slovis, who spent three turbulent seasons at USC before transferring to Pitt in December, held strong odds to win the Heisman last season — with 20-1 odds according to SportsLine before the season. However, injuries and inconsistent play led to a disappointing season for USC and Slovis, and he’ll have a fresh start at Pitt next season.

As an unheralded true freshman at USC, Slovis threw for 3,502 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 72 percent of his passes to jump onto the national scene and the NFL Draft scene. While he hasn’t quite lived up to that initial success — completing a strong 2020 season, to be fair — over the last two seasons, he enters a strong Pitt offense.

With Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison headlining a deep wide receivers corps, a tight end coming off a freshman All-American season, three dependable running backs and last season’s entire offensive line, Slovis will be able to showcase the accuracy, arm talent and poise that enamored NFL scouts.

However, Slovis’s hype is nothing but speculation at this point in the early offseason.

Alabama’s reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young and Ohio State’s CJ Stroud headline the class. With Young holding +250 odds and Stroud holding +350 odds. Both will lead strong offenses at blue blood programs next season and will likely return to New York as finalists.

UCF-turned-Oklahoma quarterback Dillion Gabriel, Georgia quarterback JT Daniels and Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke all hold +2000 odds, and Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and undecided quarterback Caleb Williams both hold +2500 odds.

Slovis and Richardson are in the next tier with +3000 odds.

Texas running back Bijan Robinson is the highest-ranked non-quarterback, holding +4000 odds, while Alabama linebacker Will Anderson is the highest-ranked defensive players, also with +4000 odds.

Obviously, the 2022-23 college football season is a long, long way away and a lot can and will change — hello, Spencer Rattler — in the months to come, but the speculation and hype have already begun.

The Top 10 will look a loooot different come December, but it’s a safe bet to say Young and Stroud will both rank among the favorites all season long.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Section 122
Section 122
13 days ago

Can they set the odds on who some of the coaching hires will be?

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
12 days ago
Reply to  Section 122

Amen 122 ! Getting concerned now with delay in hiring to important hires. With the Offensive skilled players and line returning, the Offensive Co’ordinator critical. Especially with the opportunity to build something special for the future. These kids love dynamic Offensive Systems. Plus we have some extremely talented young WPIAL kids, I’d love to keep in area. A younger or extremely known Wide Receiver Coach to continue the talent pool is critical. Pitt’s Defense has 2 highly skilled Coaches that are Great recruiters. Plus Recruiting is starting back up.

MDTKD
MDTKD
13 days ago

QB has odds to win Heisman for a team that is currently being told would be unranked next season. Hard to imagine a QB finishing in top 10 in Heisman and the team not win enough to be ranked. All these too early to decide predictions, are actually too early.

Let's Believe
Let's Believe
12 days ago

I’m hoping for the best but he’s gotta prove himself first before I get excited. And I’m disappointed they let Marion get away. I hope they really hit a home run with the offensive hires. I don’t know if Turbo Tim is the answer to calling plays.

Irish Hammer
Irish Hammer
12 days ago
Reply to  Let's Believe

I agree with both Believe’s opinion and MDTKD on his Heisman views. Hard to see a Heisman QB playing for a team not ranked. I know some Pitt alumni that knew Marion and really liked him. Plus
a Power 5 team stealing a young Coach off you indicates they know something about Marion skills. Beatty was also a bad loss. Tremendous Recruiter also. Especially in Virginia and DC regions. I’m concerned because I believe these hires can keep Pitt in top 25 again.

SRS
SRS
12 days ago

Wonder if Luke Getsy is still ornery for having to transfer out of PITT to go to Akron? Passing Game Coordinator at Green Bay Packers QB Coach with ties to Pittsburgh and PITT FB program. Transferred out with battle with Tyler Palko as well as Flacco to Delaware. Makes you wondering if he is in the $450k range that Whipple was earning and could be drawn in if Tim Salem is not going to take over full-time?

Duquesne WBB

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