Odds Makers Release 2015 Heisman Trophy Futures

With the NBA entering its final stretch to the postseason, college basketball closing in on March Madness, the NHL winding towards the Stanley Cup playoffs and Major League Baseball preparing to open its season in just over a month, many sports fans and bettors might not have college football at the top of their list.

Nevertheless, odds makers never slow down and never put any sport to bed for more than a few hours. This week, the 2015 Heisman Trophy futures were released by on large online bookmaker. The season does not even begin until the latter part of August, but there is nothing like getting a head start and finding a player or players with some value on this futures board.

Last season the prestigious award was won by Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota. The junior quarterback won in a landslide but already has entered the 2015 NFL draft.

As is usually the case, the player at the top of the list with the shortest odds to start the Heisman Trophy futures is a quarterback and this year it is TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin.

The athletic Boykin is a dual threat who can beat defenses through the air with his arm or on the ground with his legs.

After the talented Boykin is Ezekiel Elliott a running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Bettors might be indecisive when it comes to backing the talented runner considering there are three of his own teammates on the newly released futures list that will be bet on as well.

Ohio State has three quarterbacks on the list. Braxton Miller is 25 to 1. Miller was supposed to be the starter last season, but injured his shoulder prior to the start of the season and was lost for the year. J.T. Barrett is at 25 to 1 as well. He replaced Miller only to become injured himself late in the season. Cardale Jones is sitting at 15 to 1. He replaced Barrett and helped lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship.

Rounding out the top five with the shortest odds is Dak Prescott the dual threat quarterback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, Leonard Fournette a running back for the LSU Tigers and Paul Perkins a running back for the UCLA Bruins.

2015 Heisman Trophy Futures

  1. Trevone Boykin (TCU) +750
  2. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State) +800
  3. Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) +850
  4. Leonard Fournette (LSU) +1150
  5. Paul Perkins UCLA) +1200
  6. Nick Chubb (Georgia) +1200
  7. Cody Kessler (USC) +1300
  8. Derrick Henry (Alabama) +1400
  9. Samaje Perine (Oklahoma) +140
  10. Cardale Jones Ohio State) +1500

Marcus Mariota Heavy Favorite to Win Heisman Trophy This Weekend

The Heisman Trophy chase is coming to an end. Three finalists have been named and Marcus Mariota the talented quarterback from the Oregon Ducks is far and away the favorite.

During the chase for the Heisman this season, many players came upon tough times that made them fall off the pace.

Kenny Hill the quarterback for Texas A&M had the second-best odds on Bovada and topbet during late September. However, he ended his season as the backup quarterback for the Aggies.

Dak Prescott the signal caller for Mississippi State was one of the three top contenders for over two months. However, he lost his chance after suffering three interceptions in a loss to Alabama.

Jameis Winston the reigning Heisman Trophy holder could not stay out of the news for incidents off the field and unrelated to football and was intercepted 17 times while on the field.

Usually four and at times five players are selected as finalists and invited to the ceremony in New York City. However, this weekend only three will be in the Big Apple for the announcement.

Marcus Mariota

The Oregon quarterback is -900 chalk. If he does not win, it would be a huge shock. The junior quarterback led the Ducks to the College Football Playoff as the No. 2 seed.

Mariota has completed 68% of his passes, thrown for 3,772 yards and has 38 touchdowns passes to just 2 interceptions.

Mariota also had 669 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.

Amari Cooper

The talented wide receiver for Alabama is 20 to 1 to win according to betonline and sportsbook.com. Cooper, in three seasons has shredded the receiver’s record book at Alabama.

He has helped the Crimson Tide to the No. 1 seed for this year’s College Football Playoff. In three games, he had 200 or more yards receiving. He caught 8 or more passes in 11 of the team’s 13 games. He ended the regular season with 115 receptions.

Melvin Gordon

The running back for Wisconsin is 25 to 1 to win. Gordon was huge down the stretch. However, his team lost in the Big 10 championship.

Gordon broke the NCAA single game rushing mark with 408 yards rushing against Nebraska in only three quarters of playing.

He had 122 yards or more in 11 of the team’s 13 games. He ran for 5 touchdowns in one game. His 2,336 yards led the country. He added 26 touchdowns.

However, Mariota has performed at a high level in each of his team’s game this year. Even in a losing effort earlier in the season to Arizona, Mariota played well and was able to avenge that loss in last week’s Pac-12 championship by routing the Wildcats 51-13.

Mariota Leads Race for Heisman, Gordon Inches Closers

The Heisman Trophy race heated up over the weekend as last week’s leader Marcus Mariota had the week off and Melvin Gordon set a new all time single game record with 408 yards rushing.

The game by Gordon improved his chances for the trophy by light years. It also has helped Gordon’s cause that his team, the Wisconsin Badgers was victorious in an important Big 10 conference game and look to be in position to win their division.

While Mariota was resting over the weekend, another top contender Dak Prescott suffered through a subpar game as Mississippi State lost to Alabama.

Mariota still remains a big distance out in front from the other contenders, but the appearance of Wisconsin in the championship game of the Big 10 will provide Gordon the opportunity to increase his stock.

Heisman Trophy Odds

Marcus Mariota on Bovada and betonline is -500 chalk to win the trophy. Mariota should have huge numbers this Saturday at home versus the Colorado Buffaloes. However, the finale of the regular season against Oregon State on the road could be a challenge. Oregon State was 1-5 in the Pac-12 before beating Arizona State last weekend. Mariota will not have Hroniss Grasu his All-American center or Pharaoh Brown his tight end. Regardless, his ratio of touchdown to interception of 29 to 2 is daunting. Then add in another 8 touchdowns rushing and that makes him look unbeatable.

Melvin Gordon is now 3 to 1 to win the coveted Heisman. He exploded against Nebraska last Saturday for 408 yard on the ground and 4 touchdowns. The running back, who is just a junior, ran the ball just 25 times on the night over three quarters to set the record. The Badgers have now won 5 straight and covered four straight, according to topbet and sportsbook.com. Gordon is the nation’s leader with 1,908 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns.

J.T. Barrett is now 10 to 1 to win the Heisman. Barrett helped lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to their eight straight win. He amassed 389 total yards and 4 touchdowns. He passed for 200 yards and ran for 189. On the season, the freshman has 29 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. He has also rushed for 9 touchdowns.

Dak Prescott dropped to 20 to 1. He had 3 interceptions against Alabama in Mississippi State’s 25-20 loss. Prescott now has 20 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He has rushed for 11 touchdowns.

Other possibilities but nevertheless long shots are Amari Cooper the wide receiver for Alabama at 40 to 1 and Trevone Boykin the quarterback for TCU at 35 to 1.

Marcus Mariota Shortens His Odds in Heisman Trophy Race

For some college football fans, the hype of the first College Football Playoff has overshadowed this season’s race for the coveted Heisman Trophy.

Nevertheless, odds makers have kept up with the race and have updated odds each week. Currently on Bovada and sportsbook.com, Marcus Mariota the talented dual-threat quarterback for the Oregon Ducks is leading.

With another very good outing last week with Oregon winning straight up as well as against the spread, the Ducks junior quarterback has become a stronger favorite to win the coveted prize.

According to topbet and betonline, Dak Prescott the quarterback for Mississippi State is in second, but he does not have stats close to those of Mariota.

The only way it looks like Prescott might have a chance against Mariota is if Mariota loses over his last two regular season games or the Pac-12 championship and then it will be tough for Prescott to catch him.

 Current Top 5 for the Heisman Trophy

  1. Mariota is -300 Chalk. This week is a bye week for Oregon, but Mariota has hit 67% of his passes, has 2,781 yards passing and a 29 to 2 TD to interception ratio. Last week against Utah in a 51-27 win, he accounted for 4 touchdowns and 353 total all-purpose yards.
  2. Prescott is 4 to 1 to win. Last week he had two touchdown passes while running for another without throwing any interceptions in a rout over UT Martin. This season he has 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, 2,231 yards passing and 779 yards rushing.
  3. Melvin Gordon is 12 to 1 to win. Gordon, the talented running back for Wisconsin is the leading rusher in the nation. He ran for 205 yards and a touchdown versus Purdue last week. On the season, Gordon has rushed for 1,500 yards averaging 7.6 yards a carry. He has 21 touchdowns, which is second in the nation.
  4.  J.T. Barrett is 18 to 1 to win. Barrett was thrust into the spotlight as a redshirt freshman to start the season when Braxton Miller went down with a season ending injury. The Ohio State QB has 26 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. He has rushed for 582 yards and 8 TDs.
  5. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is 20 to 1 to win. Cooper has caught 79 passes for 1,216 yards with 10 touchdowns. To have the slightest shot at winning he will have to have great games versus Auburn and Mississippi State.

The race looks to be Mariota’s to loss. If he continues playing well and the Ducks when their last two regular season games in which they are heavily favored, he should take home the coveted trophy handed out by the Downtown Athletic Club.

The Heisman Trophy Race is On

The college football season is just two weeks old, but the race for the Heisman Trophy has four players who are early season top candidates thanks to the play of their play and that of their teams.

Wagering online at Bovada and topbet is increasing as the odds for who will win the Heisman have been released.

Of course, with just two games played by most teams, there is a great deal of football left to determine who will win the coveted trophy.

Here are the top four, at least for this week.

1.     Todd Gurley

The Georgia running back is 5 to 1 on betonline and sportsbook.com to win. He has no nagging injuries that bothered him last season. In the first week of the season, he had 198 rushing yards and 3 TDs, as well as a kickoff return for a touchdown. Georgia was idle last week, but faces South Carolina in an important showdown in the SEC.

2.     Marcus Mariota

The Oregon Ducks quarterback is second at this point in the Heisman race. He has a completion record of 65% and 585 yards with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions after two games. Mariota has rushed 85 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown.

3.     Kenny Hill

The Texas A&M quarterback is making it easy to forget Johnny Manziel. In the first two starts of his career, Hill has hit completed 71% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has accumulated 794 yards passing which is third in the country.

4.      Jameis Winston

Reigning Heisman Trophy holder Winston had a better second week than his opening week. He threw two interceptions in week 1 against Oklahoma State. If Florida State remains undefeated, Winston will be a top candidate all season.

Many others that should be mentioned did not make my top 4.

Bryce Petty the talented quarterback from Baylor did not have a great stat day during Week 2 due to an injury against Northwestern. However, this season his numbers should be off the board. If the Bears can win in November at Oklahoma, he likely will get an invite to the Heisman presentation in New York.

Nick Marshall, the dual threat quarterback for Auburn, will have a chance if his Tigers can carry a strong record through the SEC this season.

Brett Hundley the versatile quarterback for UCLA has not started the season strong but remains unbeaten and has plenty of time to put up the numbers he is capable of.

Other players worth a mention: Trevor Knight, QB Oklahoma, Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State, Taysom Hill QB BYU, Dak Prescott, QB Mississippi State and T.J. Yeldon, RB Alabama.

Gators lose Driskel, Mariota Leads Heisman Watch

Week four in college football did not have many intriguing matchups or the hype that week two and three had.

The Florida Gators created the biggest news of the weekend when Jeff Driskel their starting quarterback broke his tibia and was lost for the season. Last season he led Florida to 11 wins and berth in the Sugar Bowl.

Tyler Murphy, a junior will now start for the Gators. He played well when he replaced Driskel on Saturday against Tennessee. He had 134 yards in the air with one touchdown pass and 84 yards rushing with one touchdown on 10 carries.

He showed a strong arm, a great deal of poise, quickness scrambling and a knack for rushing. After seeing Murphy last Saturday, the Gators should not miss a beat without Driskel.

Thursday Game

This week the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets host the Virginia Tech Hokies. GT is favored on most books by 4.5 points, but on others such as Bovada and sportsbooks.com the spread has been up and down between 4-5 points.

The Hokies have won three straight since losing on opening day to Alabama. The game should be close with the Hokies strong defense, if they can slow the rushing attack of the Yellow Jackets. Take the Hokies and the points.

Top Three Heisman Watch

At the top of the list is Marcus Mariota who is 5 to 1 on most books such as topbet and betonline. He did not play last week due to an open date for the team. Oregon should crush California this weekend. Thus far, he has seven touchdown passes, four touchdowns rushing and no interceptions.

Johnny Manziel has lowered his odds to win the Heisman to 6 to 1 from 10 to 1. He has helped his Texas A&M team to an average of over 50 points per game. He is completing nearly 70% of his passes and has already accumulated over 1,200 yards in the air with 12 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions. He has rushed for 255 yards with three touchdowns.

Third is Teddy Bridgewater the quarterback at Louisville. His odds are now at 7 to 1. He has 14 touchdown passes, which is second in the country and has only one interception.

Tidbits

Paul James the Rutgers running back has 573 yards on the ground and is second in the nation, but will miss the next two games due to an injury and Rutgers must face Louisville during his time out.

Ole Miss during Hugh Freeze’s time as head coach has played eight way games compiling a record of 7-1 ATS. They are underdogs this week by 16.5 points at Alabama. They might be a good road ‘dog pick for the week.