Odds To Win The Heisman Trophy 2014:
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 1/10
Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin) 5/1
**** BET ON THE HEISMAN WINNER TODAY ****
PAST HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS
We are always ready to take a look at some of the college football futures betting lines. Today, we’re looking at the early Heisman Trophy odds, as we look to see if Jameis Winston can defend his crown, or whether someone else will crop up and steal the honor from him.
Jameis Winston (5/2): What must be noted here about Winston is that there is a lot of baggage here. Remember that no one aside from Archie Griffin has won the Heisman twice in his collegiate career, and as we have seen with so many athletes with off the field issues, the Heisman Trust isn’t going to want to vote for someone who has all sorts of legal problems as Winston may have. The frosh though, was so darn good last year that there really wasn’t much of a choice.
He’s the best player on what is going to open up as the No. 1 team in the country, and just from that standpoint, there is no doubt that Winston needs to be the favorite. It will however be extremely tough to ultimately repeat as the Heisman winner.
Marcus Mariota (5/1): The pivot for the Ducks has elected to come back to school, and that was probably a wise choice considering the plethora of quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft. Whether it ultimately helps him become a Heisman Trophy winner this year is still up in the air. The bottom line for Mariota is that Oregon has to win. We know that he is going to come up with all sorts of awesome stats. Last year, he had 31 TDs against four picks, threw for 3,665 yards, and ran for 715 more.
If those are the numbers he puts up this year, Mariota will be in the Big Apple as a Heisman Trophy favorite. The reason he didn’t win the honor last year? Losses to Stanford and Arizona. No matter how good these numbers are, Mariota flat out needs to win if he wants to win the Heisman.
Jacob Coker (OTB): Now here’s an intriguing possibility. Coker was the backup to Winston last year at Florida State before transferring to Alabama. Most figure that he can step right in and be the starter for the Tide, and if that’s the case, why wouldn’t you want to consider him as a Heisman Trophy player? Remember that Winston’s name was nowhere on the board for the first few weeks of last season, but as soon as he hit, he became a popular bet to take home the hardware. Coker is an experienced quarterback who is going to step in and run Nick Saban’s system.
If he can live up to the billing as a legit NFL talent as his former coach, Jimbo Fisher touted him to be, Coker might be able to step in and make a real run at the Heisman Trophy. There’s no doubt that this team is going to win. The question is whether Coker can put up the stats. We think that he can. Keep a close eye on him going forward into the fall.