Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M is now the huge favorite at the sportsbooks on the odds to win the Heisman Trophy this season as his Aggies team prepares to take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl on January 4.
Manziel is at 1/10 on the latest Heisman Trophy odds at , putting him well ahead of his fellow finalists on that list - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (7/2) and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein (20/1).
Johnny Football threw for 3,419 yards for Texas A&M this season with 24 touchdown strikes and eight interceptions. Manziel also rushed for a team-high 1,181 yards and 19 more touchdowns. His quarterback rating for the season sits at 155.8.
Klein has posted a QB rating of 156.1 this season for Kansas State with 2,490 passing yards, 15 touchdown strikes, and seven interceptions. Klein also ran for 890 yards and 22 more TDs, and his Wildcats will play in the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon on January 3.
Te'o helped the Fighting Irish's defense allow a nation-low 10.3 points per game this season en route to the top spot in the BCS rankings. Notre Dame will take on Alabama in the BCS Championship Game on January 7.
Odds to Win the Heisman Trophy at :
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 1/10
Manti Te'o (LB Notre Dame) 7/2
Collin Klein (QB Kansas State) 20/1
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wasn't even on the radar of the Heisman Trophy betting odds earlier this season, but a stellar campaign highlighted by an upset win over then-No. 1 Alabama has Johnny Football as the favorite to win that trophy.
The updated odds to win the Heisman Trophy at have Manziel listed as the 2/5 favorite, and he enters Saturday's game against Missouri with 3,047 passing yards to go along with 1,114 rushing yards on the season.
Manziel has tossed 21 touchdown strikes this season, and has rushed for 17 scores; he'd be the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is then the second-favorite at 5/2 on the odds to win the Heisman Trophy. Klein has thrown for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, while running for 787 yards and 20 scores.
Notre Dame linebacker Mante T'eo sits third at 4/1 on the Heisman Trophy odds at , and he's been a big reason for the success of the top-ranked Fighting Irish's stalwart defense this season. The last defensive player to win the Heisman was CB/PR Charles Woodson of Michigan back in 1997.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has longer 20/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy; he's passed for 1,850 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,214 yards and 13 scores on the season.
Odds to Win the Heisman Trophy at :
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 2/5
Collin Klein (QB Kansas State) 5/2
Mante T’eo (LB Notre Dame) 4/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 20/1
Four of the top five positions in early Heisman Trophy betting odds are locked down by quarterbacks, not surprising since 10 of the past 12 winners have been pivots. If you scrub Reggie Bush's name off the list for his vacated award, it's 10 of 11.
Matt Barkley had led the way at most online shops, but he tumbled from the top spot with USC's loss to Stanford. Geno Smith was the new Heisman Trophy favorite as of September 21 (odds courtesy of ).
Geno Smith (QB West Virginia) 5/2
Matt Barkley (QB USC) 9/2
De'Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 15/2
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 15/1
Collin Klein (QB Kansas State) 15/1
E.J. Manuel (QB Florida State) 15/1
Landry Jones (QB Oklahoma) 15/1
Le'Veon Bell (RB Michigan State) 15/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 20/1
Denard Robinson (QB Michigan) 20/1
Marcus Lattimore (RB South Carolina) 20/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 20/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 25/1
Montee Ball (RB Wisconsin) 30/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 30/1
Running back Montee Ball in Wisconsin is the second betting choice at +700, while Big Ten colleague Denard Robinson is +1000 at Michigan. Landry Jones, Geno Smith, and Aaron Murray are the next QBs on the list.
The first defensive players to grace the list is LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. He was a Heisman finalist a year ago, but defensive players almost never win. Charles Woodson won in 1997, but that was as much to do with his punt returning skills as his cornerback skills.
Heisman Trophy Odds (courtesy of 5Dimes)
Matt Barkley - USC - QB +450
Montee Ball - Wisconsin - RB +700
Denard Robinson - Michigan - QB +1000
Landry Jones - Oklahoma - QB +1000
Geno Smith - West Virginia - QB +1200
Aaron Murray - Georgia - QB +1550
Marcus Lattimore - South Carolina - RB +1900
De'Anthony Thomas - Oregon - RB +2600
Tyler Wilson - Arkansas - QB +3400
EJ Manuel - Florida State - QB +3400
AJ McCarron - Alabama - QB +4000
Sammy Watkins - Clemson - WR +4000
Rex Burkhead - Nebraska - RB +5000
Tajh Boyd - Clemson - QB +5000
Keith Price - Washington - QB +5000
Joseph Randle - Oklahoma State - RB +6500
Robert Woods - USC - WR +6700
Braxton Miller - Ohio State - QB +6700
James Vandenberg - Iowa - QB +7000
Marqise Lee - USC - WR +7000
Tyrann Mathieu - LSU - CB +7000
Marquess Wilson - Washington State - WR +7000
Knile Davis - Arkansas - RB +7500
Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech - QB +7500
Collin Klein - Kansas State - QB +8000
Taylor Martinez - Nebraska - QB +8500
Eddie Lacy - Alabama - RB +8500
Dayne Christ - Kansas - QB +9000
Keenen Allen - California - WR +9500
Henry Josey - Missouri - RB +10000
Giovani Bernard - North Carolina - RB +11000
Le'Veon Bell - Michigan State - RB +12000
Casey Pachall - TCU - QB +12500
Kenny Stills - Oklahoma - WR +12500
Malcom Brown - Texas - RB +12500
Tyler Bray - Tennessee - QB +13000
Fitzgerald Tousant - Michigan - RB +14000
Tavon Austin - West Virginia - WR +15000
Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville - QB +15000
Ray Graham - Pittsburgh - RB +15000
James Franklin - Missouri - QB +16000
Robbie Rouse - Fresno State - RB +17500
Star Lotulelei - Utah - DT +17500
Jeff Tuel - Washington State - QB +17500
Jarvis Jones - Georgia - LB +17500
Christine Michael - Texas A&M - RB +17500
Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina - DE +17500
Barrett Jones - Alabama - OL +17500
Alex Okafor - Texas - DE +17500
Bryn Renner - North Carolina - QB +20000
John White - Utah - RB +20000
Manti Te'o - Notre Dame - LB +22500
With Robert Griffin III declaring for the 2012 NFL draft, the water cooler banter about who will win the 2012 Heisman Trophy award amped up a bit this week.
As always, online sportsbooks such as were there with Heisman odds to fuel the debate.
Not surprisingly, QBs dominate the top of the betting board with seven of the top nine selections. USC pivot Matt Barkley gets the early nod as Heisman betting frontrunner as he checks in at 7/2 odds.
Behind him, RB Montee Ball who had a record-setting year at Wisconsin, sits at 5/1 odds. Fellow Big Ten star Denard Robinson, the ever-improving QB at Michigan, is also 5/1 at .
Another Big Ten QB, Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, is 20/1.
The next highest bets are Landry Jones in Oklahoma at 13/2 and QB Geno Smith from West Virginia at 7/1. A.J. McCarron, who just led Alabama to the national college football title, is 15/1, and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore is 10/1.
also posted odds on who will go second overall in the draft, as the consensus has Andrew Luck going first. Matt Kalil is slightly favored over Justin Blackmon so far.
Matt Barkley (QB USC) 7/2
Montee Ball (RB Wisconsin) 5/1
Denard Robinson (QB Michigan) 5/1
Landry Jones (QB Oklahoma) 13/2
Geno Smith (QB West Virginia) 7/1
Marcus Lattimore (RB South Carolina) 10/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 15/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 20/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 20/1
De'Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 25/1
Rex Burkhead (RB Nebraska) 25/1
Robert Woods (WR USC) 35/1
Tyler Wilson (QB Arkansas) 35/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 35/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 40/1
Keith Price (QB Washington) 50/1
Tyrann Mathieu (CB LSU) 50/1
Giovani Bernard (RB North Carolina) 55/1
Isaiah Crowell (RB Georgia) 60/1
James Franklin (QB Missouri) 75/1
Kenny Stills (WR Oklahoma) 75/1
Malcolm Brown (RB Texas) 75/1
Henry Josey (RB Missouri) 80/1
Will Matt Kalil (OT USC) be the #2 overall pick in the draft?
Will Justin Blackmon (WR Oklahoma State) be the #2 overall pick in the draft?
Who will draft Robert Griffin III (QB Baylor)?
Cleveland Browns 1/1
Washington Redskins 3/1
Miami Dolphins 7/2
Buffalo Bills 5/1
Seattle Seahawks 8/1
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