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Heisman Trophy Odds: Justin Fields Remains The Favorite Ahead Of The Season

With pretty much every sport currently on a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, perhaps we can find some solace by looking ahead to the upcoming 2020 college football season and which player will turn the most heads.

Last year, LSU’s Joe Burrow was a runaway train for the Heisman Trophy after beginning the season not listed on the oddsboard, but he won’t be able to repeat because he will likely be playing with the Cincinnati Bengals. Ohio State QB Justin Fields is the preseason favorite at +450 to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has Fields as the +450 favorite followed by Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence at +475, Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler at +1000, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger at +1200, Georgia QB Jamie Newman at +1400, Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard at +1600, Clemson RB Travis Etienne at +1800, Notre Dame QB Ian Book at +2000, USC QB Kedon Slovis at +2500 and Florida QB Kyle Trask at +2500.

Fields or Lawrence, Which QB Has The Edge?

This really could be a coin flip, with both players having tremendous skills and the ability to lead their team to a perfect season and a national title. Of course, Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence has just one loss on his college record, leading the squad to a national championship in his true freshman season and falling in the national title game in 2020. Another year of developing, learning and growing mentally and physically and the sky is the limit in the 2020-21 season for Lawrence.

The only thing that holds him back from winning the coveted award is the conference in which he plays. The ACC isn’t exactly known as a world-beater in the college football sphere. So outscoring your opponent by 25-plus points every weekend for a perfect regular season doesn’t seem to impress the voters as that’s what he has done twice already. Now, I think he has the edge over Fields if he repeats his past performances because it would be a legacy award – it would be awful if he goes to the NFL without winning a Heisman.

What gives Justin Fields a bit of an edge over Lawrence is the tougher competition in his conference, the Big Ten. Take a look at the final AP poll rankings: Clemson was the only ACC squad in the Top 25 while the Big Ten had six, including three in the top 10.

If you flash back to the College Football Playoff semifinal last season, Ohio State and Clemson met and the Buckeyes were leading the Tigers 16-14 at the half but came up short in the second half. What did the team and Fields learn from that defeat?

The sophomore was extremely efficient with the football in 2019, finishing the year with a 41-to-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio, with two of those picks coming in that game against Clemson. He also racked up nearly 500 rushing yards and 10 majors on the ground. That is an area of his game he may be able to elevate even more to make him the clear-cut favorite for this year’s Heisman.

Could a Running Back Win The 2020 Heisman?

Although Fields and Lawrence should be at the head of the class, there are a couple of running backs that may sneak into the conversation.

The first is Clemson tailback Travis Etienne. The junior back surprised many people when he decided he wouldn’t make the jump to the pros and returned to Clemson for another year. In 2019, he racked up 1,614 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per tote, and had 19 touchdowns. If you watched him play, he was a definite game-breaker. What hurts his chances is that his QB, Lawrence, would likely get it over him assuming both have strong seasons and Clemson is a top-ranked team.

The other running back that definitely should have some consideration heading into 2020 is Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard. Much like Etienne, people were taken aback when the Canadian elected for another year of college, coming off a year in which he led the nation in carries (328) and yards (2,094) while also punching in 21 touchdowns.

Hubbard was a finalist for the 2019 Doak Walker Award and was the Big 12 offensive player of the year; the previous two men to be named Big 12 offensive player of the year were Heisman winners Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma State is expected to be a competitive squad in 2020 so perhaps if he can lead his team to a College Football Playoff berth, it may earn him the Heisman Trophy.

For more college football betting information, check out our NCAAF Betting News section. Here’s a look at the book’s full list of odds:

2020 Heisman Trophy Odds
PlayerOdds
Justin Fields (Ohio State)+450
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)+475
Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)+1000
Sam Ehlinger (Texas)+1200
Jamie Newman (Georgia)+1400
Chuba Hubbard (Oklahoma State)+1600
Travis Etienne (Clemson)+1800
Ian Book (Notre Dame)+2000
Kedon Slovis (USC)+2500
Kyle Trask (Florida)+2500
Mac Jones (Alabama)+2500
Sam Howell (North Carolina)+2500
Bo Nix (Auburn)+2800
Myles Brennan (LSU)+2800
Lynn Bowden Jr. (Kentucky)+3300
Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State)+3300
Najee Harris (Alabama)+4000
Sean Clifford (Penn State)+4000
Brock Purdy (Iowa State)+5000
Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)+5000
Hamilcar Rashed Jr. (Oregon State)+5000
Journey Brown (Penn State)+5000
Tanner Morgan (Minnesota)+5000
Trey Sanders (Alabama)+5000
Chatarius Atwell (Louisville)+6600
DeVonta Smith (Alabama)+6600
Dillon Gabriel (UCF)+6600
Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)+6600
Jaret Patterson (Buffalo)+6600
Javian Hawkins (Louisville)+6600
Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)+6600
Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis)+6600
Michael Penix Jr. (Indiana)+6600
Penei Sewell (Oregon)+6600
Rondale Moore (Purdue)+6600
Tylan Wallace (Oklahoma State)+6600
Zamir White (Georgia)+6600

Odds as of March 14 at BetOnline


Making a Futures Bet

A futures bet is a wager made on events or milestones that will happen in time. The Heisman bet is a form of futures betting because you are making a pick based on an outcome determined at the end of NCAA football season. The trophy is given out in mid-December and if you want to get a bigger payout, it’s best to lock in your bets sooner rather than later so you can take advantage of better odds. The closer it gets to Heisman voting, the more the odds will change.

How to Read Heisman Trophy Odds

The above chart features the odds from each top player in college football. At your sportsbook of choice, the betting lines would look something like this:

Joe Burrow +300

Austin Kendall +25000

This means that LSU’s quarterback has a 3/1 chance of winning the award based on his on-field performance vs the other top players in the running for the trophy. If you were to bet $25 on this QB and he won, you would get a payout of $100 – your original $25 is returned along with your winnings of $75.

On the other hand, if you strongly believe that Kendall is going to outdo himself at West Virginia and give the performance of a lifetime, a winning $25 bet on him would yield $6,275 – your $25 comes back along with your prize of $6,250.

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