Stephen A. Smith and Marcus debated who should win the Heisman Trophy this season on ESPN’s “First Take”. The two had different answers.

Spears really likes what he’s seen from Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud so far this season, and chose him as his pick. One thing that he likes about Stroud, is the offense he’s in with Ryan Day’s system.

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“CJ is playing with one of the better wide receivers in college football,” Spears said. “And you look at Alabama last week against Texas, they have some issues at their wide receiver spot, which goes a long way in determining the Heisman Trophy.”


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Smith believes that Bryce Young is going to go back-to-back for the Heisman Trophy. The last player to do that was former Ohio State RB Archie Griffin, who won the award in 1974 and 1975.

The Caesar’s Sportsbook odds have four top players to win the award. Stroud (+300), Young (+325), Southern Cal’s Caleb Williams (+400) and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett (+1600) are all favored to win the award at the moment.

We’ll see how the names of those who are up for the Heisman Trophy change as the season goes on.