Oklahoma has roared out to a 5-0 start in the 2023 season on the shoulders of a suffocating defense and a high-flying offense, as both units rank inside the top three nationally in scoring.
Defensively, the Sooners are allowing just 10.8 points per game through their first five contests, while OU’s offense is averaging 47.4 points per game.
Much of Oklahoma’s offensive prowess can be attributed to a red-hot start from quarterback Dillon Gabriel, who is entering his fifth season as a starting FBS quarterback.
Gabriel is on pace to have his best season yet, and through five games, he’s been one of the best players in the entire country. While completing an incredible 75.2% of his attempts, Gabriel has thrown for 1,593 yards and 15 touchdowns to just two interceptions, adding 95 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. His QBR of 89.4 ranks fourth nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12.
His performance thus far may not have gotten the media pundits talking all that much just yet, but it has caught the attention of the folks at BetOnline.
Gabriel began the 2023 season with 40/1 odds of winning the Heisman, but after the latest updates, Gabriel’s odds are starting to approach the top of the board. As of Monday, the Sooners’ quarterback is tied for the fifth-best odds in the country at 16/1 to win the Heisman.
USC QB Caleb Williams hangs onto the best odds at 3/2, with Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. coming in second at 9/2. Bo Nix has the third-best odds nationally at 5/1, with Texas QB Quinn Ewers coming in fourth with 9/1 odds.
Gabriel and Ewers will face off in the Allstate Red River Rivalry on Saturday, giving us a matchup between two of the top Heisman contenders in the country.