Cincinnati had a huge weekend by going into Notre Dame Stadium and winning.
The Bearcats moved up to No. 5 in the AP poll and all but assured they will be in the College Football Playoff conversation as long as they keep winning games.
In the win, senior quarterback Desmond Ridder made several key plays. He threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns, but his best throw of the day was a 36-yard strike up the seam to tight end Leonard Taylor late in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, Ridder scored on a six-yard run to seal the triumphant victory for Cincinnati.
On the heels of that performance, Ridder has made a pretty significant move in the Heisman Trophy odds. Though there’s still a big gap between Ridder and the two favorites, Ridder now has the third-highest Heisman odds at +1400 at BetMGM. For the season, Ridder has thrown for 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 98 yards and three more scores.
Not only did Ridder rise in the Heisman odds, Cincinnati is moving up in the national championship odds. Entering the Notre Dame game, the Bearcats were listed at +4000 to win it all. As of Monday morning, Cincinnati is listed at +2000 behind Alabama (+150), Georgia (+175), Ohio State (+1000) and Oklahoma (+1400).
Heisman odds: Ridder behind Bryce Young, Matt Corral
In the Heisman odds at BetMGM, Ridder is behind two SEC quarterbacks who squared off on Saturday in Tuscaloosa: Alabama’s Bryce Young and Ole Miss’ Matt Corral. Corral was the betting favorite the last two weeks, but Young surpassed him following a dominant 42-21 Alabama victory.
Young, who threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns in the win, moved up to +125. Corral dropped down to +250. Corral threw for 213 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 10-yard rushing score.
Next in the Heisman odds is Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud, who threw for 330 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Rutgers.
Several running backs are working their way into the mix as well. Texas sophomore Bijan Robinson is up to +3000 after rushing for 216 yards in a win over TCU. Ohio State freshman TreVeyon Henderson is next at +3500, tied with another Big Ten running back — Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State.
Alabama QB Bryce Young: +125
Ole Miss QB Matt Corral: +250
Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder: +1400
Ohio State QB CJ Stroud: +1600
Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler: +2500
Texas RB Bijan Robinson: +3000
Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson: +3500
Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III: +3500
Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett: +4000
North Carolina QB Sam Howell: +5000
Michigan RB Blake Corum: +5000
Fresno State QB Jake Haener: +5000
Oregon QB Anthony Brown: +6600
Georgia QB JT Daniels: +8000
Alabama RB Brian Robinson: +8000
Penn State QB Sean Clifford: +8000
Who's rising, falling in national championship odds?
Other than Cincinnati’s jump from +4000 to +2000, there were a few other significant movers in the national championship odds at BetMGM.
Oregon, following its overtime loss to Stanford, fell from +1200 down to +5000. Michigan, after beating Wisconsin to improve to 5-0, moved from +6600 up to +3000. Another Big Ten team, Iowa, went from +5000 to +3500 after a blowout victory over Maryland.
Both Michigan and Iowa are behind Penn State, which stayed at +2500 after shutting out Indiana at home. Penn State and Iowa will meet in Iowa City this weekend.
After their respective losses, Notre Dame and Ole Miss both dropped to +8000. Notre Dame was listed at +3000 last week. Ole Miss was +4000.
Alabama: +150 (was +175 last week)
Georgia: +175 (was +225)
Ohio State: +1000 (was +1400)
Oklahoma: +1400 (was +1600)
Cincinnati: +2000 (was +4000)
Penn State: +2500 (no change)
Michigan: +3000 (was +6600)
Iowa: +3500 (was +5000)
Oregon: +5000 (was +1200)
Texas: +6600 (was +8000)
Michigan State: +6600 (was +8000)
Notre Dame: +8000 (was +3000)
Ole Miss: +8000 (was +4000)