2021 Heisman Odds: DraftKings Adjusts LSU’s Max Johnson After Myles Brennan Injury

Max Johnson’s odds to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy have been shortened after fellow LSU quarterback Myles Brennan broke a bone in his left arm Monday.

With the starting QB position in Baton Rouge all but secured, Johnson’s odds were tightened from 60/1 to 50/1 at DraftKings Sportsbook. He and Brennan were both priced at 60/1 last week.

Johnson is now tied with Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder and Ohio State’s Master Teague with the 18th shortest Heisman odds at DraftKings. At the top of the betting board, it’s Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (+600), Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei (+750), Alabama’s Bryce Young (+900), and Georgia’s JT Daniels (+1000).

FanDuel offers Johnson at a fat 100/1 odds to win the Heisman, with Brennan off the board. BetMGM, meanwhile, is dealing Johnson at 66/1 and as of this writing, still has Brennan listed at 50/1.

Johnson and Brennan were expected to battle for the LSU job, as coach Ed Orgeron hinted he would not make the final call until the week of the Tigers’ season opener against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. DraftKings lists LSU as a 4-point favorite over the Bruins.

“Obviously, Max is going to be our starter, but he’s got to have a great camp,” Orgeron said, per The Advocate. “The depth chart is etched in sand. He knows he’s got to perform, but I believe in Max, just like I believe in Myles. I think we’ve got us a great quarterback, a great championship quarterback.”

Johnson, a dual-threat sophomore and the son of former NFL QB Brad Johnson, played in five games last season. completing 88 of 150 attempts for 1,069 yards, eight touchdowns, and one interception. He also ran for 119 yards and two TDs on 54 attempts.

Brennan went 79 for 131 for 1,112 yards through the air, 11 TDs, and three picks before an abdominal strain ended his season after just three games.

With Brennan sidelined, freshman Garrett Nussmeier becomes Johnson’s backup, whole freshman walk-on Matt O’Dowd moves up the depth chart to No. 3.

More LSU Line Moves

There’s been more adjustments to LSU betting odds.

The Tigers have seen their odds to win the National Championship lengthen from 35/1 to 40/1 at DraftKings, while their season win total has moved from 8 (over -140) to 8 (over -135).

Here’s how LSU’s futures prices stack up at a variety of sports betting apps around the country.

LSU futures oddsDraftKingsFanDuelBetMGM
Season win total8 (over -135, under +115)8 (over -135, under +115)8.5 (over +130, under -160)
To win National Championship+4000+5000+3500
To Win SEC+1800+3500+2200
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