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Oddsmakers have Clemson favored to return to the four-team College Football Playoff this year and quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei in the Heisman Trophy conversation.
Clemson is a consensus No. 4 team in the early predictions for the 2022 season, behind Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State, respectively. The Tigers were No. 2 as the 2021 season began, lost to eventual national champion Georgia in the opening game, went 3-3 in their first FBS games and rallied to win their last six, including a bowl game, to finish 10-3.
Uiagalelei’s season paralleled Clemson’s slow start and solid recovery. He was considered the second-favorite for the Heisman Trophy before things kicked off, behind quarterback Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma. Uiagalelei, who will be a junior, is listed as ninth among the expected contenders for 2022. Rattler, meanwhile, now at South Carolina, is third.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, a freshman, is the favorite for the Heisman and would be the first to win it back-to-back since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1975. Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud is second on the oddsmakers’ list.
Uiagalelei finished ninth among ACC qualifiers this season in passing yards (2,246) and 15th in efficiency, although there are only 14 teams. He threw nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Behind Rattler in the Heisman odds (from BetMGM), respectively, are Caleb Williams of Oklahoma, TreVeyon Henderson of Ohio State, Tyler Van Dyke of Miami and Bijan Robinson of Texas. After Uiagalelei is JT Daniels of Georgia at 10th, followed by Will Anderson Jr. of Alabama, Jaxon Smith-Njigba of Ohio State, Phil Jurkovec of Boston College, Blake Corum of Michigan, Hendon Hooker of Tennessee and Quinn Ewers of Texas.
Behind the predicted top four among teams, respectively, are Michigan, Oklahoma (now coached by former Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables), Texas A&M, Southern Cal, Florida (coached by former Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier) and Oregon.
Clemson is also fourth in rankings by USA T, Sports Illustrated, Athlon, Yahoo and Bleacher Report. ESPN has the Tigers 11th, behind, respectively, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame, Utah, N.C. State, Oklahoma State and Michigan State.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Oddsmakers have Clemson back in playoffs, Uiagalelei in Heisman top 10