Why Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson is Worthy of a Heisman Trophy Bet Now

Nov 20, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97)
Nov 20, 2021; College Park, Maryland, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

As Michigan stifled the vaunted Ohio State offense led by then-Heisman Trophy favorite C.J. Stroud, the ongoing theme of this college football season became more clear; there is no obvious Heisman Trophy winner.

All year, several offensive players have been atop the odds board at WynnBET Sportsbook, but have we been looking on the wrong side of the ball?

The best team this season by a wide margin, Georgia, is built on a historically good defense that lacks a defining player, so there hasn't been a runaway candidate. Meanwhile, the two quarterback darlings of the Heisman race are products of their system in Alabama's Bryce Young and the aforementioned Stroud of Ohio State. They stand on thin ice, but have been in the mix due to the overwhelming talent around them.

So, who should win the Heisman?

Is Aidan Hutchinson the Deserving Heisman Winner?

There's no ace in the hole this season, but like many times in award races, it can be decided in the biggest games of the year.

During the second half of the Michigan victory, Aidan Hutchinson, star defensive end for the Wolverines ran woodshed on an elite Ohio State offensive line all afternoon. His name hadn't appeared on Heisman odds boards all season, but by the end of the day, he was inside of +2000 after not being listed in the morning. Now, he is +1200 at WynnBET (listed as "Field.")

Hutchinson is third in the country in sacks on the heels of a three sack performance in the biggest game of the season. He now holds the Michigan record for sacks in a season. With eyeballs fixated on the Wolverines, who won as seven-point home underdogs, everyone saw Hutchinson announce himself as a contender.

Bryce Young's Weak Case

A few hours later, the Heisman favorite Bryce Young needed a series of fortunate events to lead a game winning drive against then 6-5 Auburn who was starting their backup quarterback that was hobbled by a leg injury.

Young completed 25-of-51 passes for 317 yards to go with a pair of touchdown passes and an interception. He was also sacked seven times.

While the Alabama quarterback is the favorite, he will face the vaunted Georgia defense. If he struggles yet again, is he really going to take home the award?

The Heisman is Won Late in the Season

We saw last year Mac Jones get knocked for being spoiled by his weapons in the passing game. His teammate, wide receiver DeVonta Smith, would wind up lifting the trophy.

Smith came on late in the race, aided by several insane statistical games in the final weeks before the voting, including a 15-catch outing in the SEC Championship game to seal the award. Is something similar brewing here?

Hutchinson's three sack performance in the game of the year is notable, and now has a chance to follow it up in the Big Ten Championship to punch Michigan's ticket to the CFP.

The advantage is with the 'Bama signal caller, but against the best defense he'll see this season, he also can have his candidacy invalidated; similar to Stroud this past Saturday.

Further, no Crimson Tide quarterback has ever won the award, so would a team that misses the College Football Playoff really be worthy of the honor considering it's CFP or bust for the Tide year in and year out.

With Stroud on the sidelines, in part due to Hutchinson, his chance are finished.

In my opinion, this is a two-man award, and Hutchinson should be closer to 8-1. Recency bias is king with a narrative-driven award like this, and Hutchinson is peaking at the right time to ride the wave to New York, and hoist the Heisman Trophy.

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