Heisman Trophy Odds: Manziel Plummets

Johnny Manziel’s odds of winning a second straight Heisman Trophy have plummeted.

Manziel, Texas A&M’s explosive dual-threat quarterback, came out of nowhere to win the Heisman last season and was the favorite to repeat this season at most sportsbooks offering odds on college football’s most prestigious honor. Manziel was 9/2 to win the Heisman in July, but has now dropped all the way back to 12/1 at Sportsbook.

The NCAA is reportedly investigating whether or not Manziel took money in exchange for autographing memorabilia, a violation that could cost the Aggies quarterback his eligibility. Multiple autograph brokers have said they paid Manziel money for his signature, but Manziel has continued to practice with the Aggies as the starter.

If you believe that Manziel might skate, taking a stab at him at 12/1 could be a good investment.  And some people apparently do. Kevin Bradley, oddsmaker for Sportsbook, says bettors have taken some shots at Manziel at his higher odds.

But if you believe there’s too much smoke, it might be time to fire on one of the other candidates. Bradley adds that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has received the most wagers.

Miller sits atop the current Heisman odds at 5/1, followed by South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7/1), and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (15/2).

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is 10/1 and is definitely worth a look, since the Crimson Tide are expected to make a run at an unprecedented third straight BCS National Championship.

Heisman Trophy Odds (Courtesy of Sportsbook, Aug. 14)

Braxton Miller 5/1

Jadeveon Clowney 7/1

Teddy Bridgewater 15/2

A.J. McCarron 10/1

Aaaron Murray 12/1

Johnny Manziel 12/1

Marcus Mariota 12/1

De’Anthony Thomas 14/1

T.J. Yeldon 14/1

Tajh Boyd 14/1

Duke Johnson 16/1

Marquis Lee 20/1

Kevin Hogan 25/1

Taylor Martinex 25/1

Ameer Abdullah 33/1

Devin Gardner 33/1

Jordan Lynch 33/1

Lache Seastrunk 33/1

Stephen Morris 33/1

Blake Bell 50/1

Brent Hundley 50/1

Jeff Driskel 50/1

Ka’Deem Carey 50/1

Kain Colter 50/1

Sammy Watkins 50/1

Stefon Diggs 50/1

Todd Gurley 50/1

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Johnny Manziel's frustration-filled tweet about being ready to get out of College Sportsbook seems to have impacted his odds to win a second straight Heisman Trophy.

Sportsbook has Manziel listed at 9/2 (+450), slightly higher odds than a month ago when the Texas A&M QB was sitting as a 17/4 (+425) favorite.

Manziel seems to find his way into the headlines for the wrong reasons all too often. It will be interesting to see if he's able to keep his emotions in check on the field, especially since SEC defensive coordinators have had a full offseason to watch film on the crafty Aggies quarterback. That's something they didn't have last season, Manziel's first as a redshirt freshman.

The signs seem to point to a sophomore slump for Manziel. That adds to the value of other Heisman contenders, who aren't facing quite the hype and pressure of Manziel.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (13/2) is the second choice. The Buckeyes' schedule sets up nicely for the dual-threat quarterback to rack-up Heisman-like numbers and put Ohio State in contention for a national championship.

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon are also receiving respect from oddsmakers. McCarron and Yeldon are both listed at 9/1. The Crimson Tide are looking for an unprecedented third straight national title. If they do it, either McCarron or Yeldon will certainly be in the mix for the Heisman. 

Heisman Trophy Odds from Sportsbook (as of July 5):

Johnny Manziel 9/2
Braxton Miller 13/2
A.J. McCarron 9/1
T.J. Yeldon 9/1
Aaron Murray 12/1
Teddy Bridgewater 12/1
De'Anthony Thomas 14/1
Duke Johnson 14/1
Jadeveon Clowney 14/1
Marquis Lee 14/1
Macus Mariota 16/1
Tajh Boyd 16/1
Taylor Martinex 18/1
Lache Seastrunk 20/1
Ameer Abdulla 25/1
Brett Hundley 25/1
Spehen Morris 25/1
Devin Gardner 30/1
Blake Bell 40/1
Jeff Driskel 40/1
Ka'Deem Carey 40/1
Stefon Diggs 40/1

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Archie Griffin is the only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy twice but Johnny Manziel is favored to become the second.

Oddsmakers refreshed their 2013 Heisman Trophy odds and the Texas A&M pivot, who became the first redshirt freshman to ever win the award, is favored at roughly 4-1.

Griffin did it in 1974-1975 with Ohio State and, ironically, a Buckeye player is the second betting choice this season. QB Braxton Miller is 13-2, just behind Manziel's 17-4 (according to Sportsbook). A.J. McCarron of Alabama and Aaron Murray of Georgia are the next choices.

Odds to Win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy at Sportsbook:

Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 17/4
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 13/2
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 9/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 12/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 12/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 12/1
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 12/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 14/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 14/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 14/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 16/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 16/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 18/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 20/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 25/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 25/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 25/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 33/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 40/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 40/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 40/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 40/1


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 Sportsbook, 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 Sportsbook:

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 Sportsbook 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 Sportsbook, 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 Sportsbook:

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 Sportsbooks 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 Sportsbook).

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 Sportsbook)
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 Sportsbook 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 Sportsbook.

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.

Sportsbook 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