Though the college football betting campaign is still a few months away, it is never too soon to look at the top contenders for this year’s Heisman Trophy. Take a look at the collegiate athletes we think are going to be the studs that can take home college football’s most illustrious individual honor on the 2012 Heisman Trophy odds.
Matt Barkley, USC Trojans (7/2) – Barkley elected to come back to USC for his senior season and he possesses a multitude of great receivers returning with him. He is going to have an absolutely outstanding year for sure in the pass happy Pac-12, and there might not be a team that can stop the Men of Troy from at least getting to the Rose Bowl in the program’s first year back to bowl eligibility. Barkley has had a great collegiate career, and winning the Heisman would only be the icing on the cake.
Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines (5/1) – Robinson has toyed with the idea of being a Heisman Trophy finalist for the past two seasons, and now that he is returns to Ann Arbor for a third year as a starter, he has to finally be a finalist in our eyes. This is a man that is seemingly guaranteed to throw for at least 2,500 yards and run for at least 1,500 more. The problem though, is that the winner of the Big Ten really isn’t guaranteed much, and for as difficult as this conference has been in the past to get through unscathed, we just don’t know if Robinson can win enough games to win the Heisman Trophy.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma Sooners (7/1) – The Sooners underachieved once again last season, but this year, with most of the offensive weapons for Oklahoma State gone, they might be able to become National Championship contenders once again. Jones has a big arm and the ability to throw for 5,000 yards, and OU has a schedule that is conducive to potentially making a big time run at a National Championship. Don’t discount what Boomer Sooner can do this year!
Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs (15/1) – Murray already has some of the best stats for a quarterback in the history of the UGA football program. Remember that last year, the Bulldogs were all set to get rid of Head Coach Mark Richt before going on a massive run through the SEC East to reach the SEC Championship Game. This year, the Dawgs have a shot to win the conference again, and if that turns out to be the case, Murray might be a real contender for the Heisman Trophy.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson Tigers (30/1) – Watkins is a bit of a stretch, but there is no reason to think that his Tigers aren’t going to be able to contend for the ACC title once again this year. Both Watkins and QB Tajh Boyd are back and should be able to do a lot for the Tigers in 2012-13, and we expect this duo to put forth some massive stats. Clemson might be the team to watch in the ACC, and Watkins, a man that gets the ball in his hands at least a dozen times in seemingly every game, might be the beneficiary with a Heisman Trophy worthy campaign.