Heisman Trophy Odds 2018:
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1. Kyler Murray (QB Oklahoma) -190
2. Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama) +150
3. Dwayne Haskins (QB Ohio State) +6000
That’s huge for value seekers that can jump into the mix early to create hedge opportunities further along down the road. We’re all about finding value with the season right around the corner. I’ve already thrown some beer money on the following recommendations, and suggest you do the same.
One of the best ways to guarantee a shot at Heisman Trophy glory is simply being a quarterback. A whopping 15 of the last 18 awards have gone to signal callers with the other three going to running backs Mark Ingram, Derrick Henry and Reggie Bush. Though a pair of running backs enter the 2018 season favored to win the award in Stanford’s Bryce Love and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, a bevy of quarterbacks find themselves in the mix as well. With no clear cut favorite to win the award, this year’s race is wide open.
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Willie Taggart offenses are fast paced and quick strike. The Oregon Ducks ran the snot out of the pigskin in his lone season in Eugene last season. Royce Freeman led the way with nearly 1,500 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Though the new coach in Tallahassee has a ton of work ahead of him rebuilding the Noles program, Cam Akers is sure to shine in his debut campaign. Now a sophomore, Akers will be looking to build off a phenomenal freshman campaign that saw him gouge opposing defenses for over 1,000 yards rushing and a 5.3 yard per carry average. Now a focal point of the offense, Akers has the potential to pay-off at nearly 27-1! That likely all depends on how quickly FSU takes to the new coaching staff’s schemes and comes together as a team.
Chris Petersen’s Washington Huskies once again look to be the class of the Pac-12. Though that was the case last season as well, U-Dub failed to live up to expectations. Owners of the fifth shortest odds to win the National Championship (+1350) and decided chalk to win the conference, I’m all in on Jake Browning making a run at the Heisman in his senior campaign. Only two years removed from ripping opposing defenses up for 3,430 passing yards and a 43:9 TD/INT ratio that equated into an insane 167.5 passer rating, Browning’s in line for a huge season with a veteran O-Line in front of him and Myles Gaskin forcing defenses to account for the run. After regressing terribly last season, I think Browning is in line for a memorable 2018 campaign.
Another quarterback with long odds of winning the Heisman is UCF’s McKenzie Milton. The junior was simply brilliant a year ago throwing for over 4,000 yards and tallying 37 touchdown strikes to go along with only nine interceptions. Though Scott Frost is now making his home in Lincoln, Milton still has an excellent coach at his disposal in the form of Josh Heupel who led Oklahoma to a shocking win in the National Championship game against Florida State back in 2001. He was Mizzou’s OC last season and coached Drew Lock up to the point that he ranked top five in passing efficiency and threw an FBS-high 44 touchdowns. If you thought the Knights played fast last season, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Heupel will have his offense working at a breakneck pace with Milton ending up one of the main beneficiaries.
Tavien Feaster and Travis Etienne each had 107 carries last season for the Clemson Tigers. However, the latter his pay dirt 13 times out of the backfield and rushed for an average of 7.2 yards per carry. Those are some crazy good numbers peeps, and it’s highly likely he improves upon that output with an experienced offensive line opening holes for him. Should Kelly Bryant falter, it will open the door for stud recruit Trevor Lawrence to step in and possibly be the missing ingredient that puts the Tigers over the top. His ability to make opposing defenses actually respect the passing game will make life a lot easier for Etienne and company. With Dabo’s kids likely heading back to the CFP, the national spotlight will be on Clemson. That’s a bonus when targeting Heisman contenders – sign me up for that 65-1 return!
Speaking of National Championship contenders, the Michigan State Spartans are in the thick of the mix. Mark Dantonio’s kids won 10 games a season ago and has the most starters in the country returning to this year’s team. While the schedule is no doubt a bear, it’s tailor made to send Sparty to the CFP should it be able to successfully navigate it. With that, I’ll be all in on throwing a couple shekels on Brian Lewerke once his odds to win the Heisman hit the board. A true dual-threat, the junior threw for nearly 2,800 yards and 20 touchdowns, while rushing for another 559 yards and five scores. With LJ Scott setting the tone in the backfield, all of his major pass catchers back, and an O-Line that returns four starters, MSU’s offense is going to be lethal and much more efficient this season. Add in a possible trip to the CFP, and the Spartans gunslinger should find himself in the Heisman mix come season’s end.
PAST HEISMAN TROPHY WINNERS
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State|
|2000||Chris Weinke||Florida State|
|1995||Eddie George||Ohio State|
|1993||Charlie Ward||Florida State|
|1992||Gino Torretta||Miami (FL)|
|1988||Barry Sanders||Oklahoma State|
|1987||Tim Brown||Notre Dame|
|1986||Vinny Testaverde||Miami (FL)|
|1984||Doug Flutie||Boston College|
|1980||George Rogers||South Carolina|
|1975||Archie Griffin||Ohio State|
|1974||Archie Griffin||Ohio State|
|1973||John Cappelletti||Penn State|
|1964||John Huarte||Notre Dame|
|1962||Terry Baker||Oregon State|
|1957||John David Crow||Texas A&M|
|1956||Paul Hornung||Notre Dame|
|1955||Howard Cassady||Ohio State|
|1953||John Lattner||Notre Dame|
|1950||Vic Janowicz||Ohio State|
|1949||Leon Hart||Notre Dame|
|1947||John Lujack||Notre Dame|
|1944||Les Horvath||Ohio State|
|1943||Angelo Bertelli||Notre Dame|