Negative News Lengthens Winston’s Odds for Heisman

News can make you a superstar one day and bring you crashing down to earth the next. The Heisman odds for Jameis Winston were adjusted this week after news of his alleged sexual assault.

Winston’s odds to be the winner of the Heisman Trophy were lengthened this week when news broke of his alleged involvement in a sexual assault from close to one year ago.

The redshirt freshman quarterback from Florida State however still is the favorite in the race for college football’s highest individual award.

On sites such as Bovada,, topbet and betonline, Winston’s odds for the Heisman Trophy went from 1 to 4 to 1 to 8 after the news.

Johnny Manziel the sophomore quarterback for Texas A&M and the current holder of the Heisman Trophy saw his odds shortened to 3 to 1 from 5 to 1. Odds for A.J. McCarron the Alabama quarterback dropped to 4 to 1 from 5 to 1.

Reports are than Winston will not be suspended due to the alleged incident, but like the situation in 2010 with Cam Newton, there are some uncertainties going forward.

Some odds makers had Winston at -150 to win the coveted trophy and are now considering moving him down to even money.

Other books online have McCarron as second and moving closer to Winston. As the tougher matchups approach in conference games, the jockeying around of favorites will occur even more.

The most likely outcome will be Heisman voters will judge Winston on his on the field play and not the alleged assault. That is of course, if no further word involving the incident comes to light between now and when the voters must submit their votes.

Florida State’s next opponent this Saturday is Syracuse. The Orange is drawing some play at sportsbooks like Bovada, betonline and topbet, since the news about Winston broke.

On Thursday, the point spread went down a point from -38.5 to -37.5 for Florida State. That type of movement comes after any negative situation takes place, as bettors believe the team might not be as focused on the game as before.

Not affected yet by the news about Winston are the odds for Florida State to win the national championship. The Seminoles are still 3 to 2 and the second favorite to win behind just 2 to 3 Alabama.

Changes could be made to the national title odds after seeing the way Florida State plays this weekend and how well their next opponent Florida plays against South Carolina.