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Heisman Trophy Odds: Burrow Appears to be a Lock

2019 Heisman Trophy Odds

The college football regular season has wrapped up, and it appears that sportsbooks believe it would take something catastrophic to happen for LSU senior QB Joe Burrow to not win the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Burrow as the massive favorite at -2500, followed by Ohio State QB Justin Fields at +1200, Ohio State DE Chase Young at +2000 and Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts at +2500 to round out the oddsboard.

Burrow Has Been Brilliant

The LSU Tigers have captured many people’s hearts this year and why not? After years of falling to Alabama and with the admirable head coach Ed Orgeron at the helm, it’s hard to cheer against them. LSU ran a perfect 12-0 on the season, including a massive 46-41 triumph at then-No. 3 Alabama, and averaged the second-most points per game in the nation.

A lot of that offense can be attributed to QB Joe Burrow, who finished second in college football in passing yards with 4,366, just over 900 fewer than leader Anthony Gordon but with 246 fewer pass attempts. Furthermore, Burrow had 44 passing touchdowns to just six interceptions. To pull all of this off in the defensively sound SEC is outstanding. The season he put together may lead LSU to a national title and may earn him the No. 1 overall draft position for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Can Hurts Be the Third Straight Oklahoma Heisman Winner?

Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts. Could that be three straight Oklahoma QB Heisman Trophy winners? Hurts fell to fourth on the oddsboard after being second three weeks ago following the Sooners’ ferocious come-from-behind victory over previously unbeaten Baylor in Week 12. Oklahoma trailed 31-10 at the half and pulled out the 34-31 triumph in the end. Hurts had 297 passing yards with four touchdowns, while also gaining an extra 114 yards on the ground.

Hurts, the former Alabama QB, has thrown for the 12th-most yards and the ninth-most touchdowns, while only tossing six interceptions. Additionally, he has the second-most rushing yards by a QB and is seventh overall in the nation in rushing touchdowns, regardless of position. This dual-threat capability gives him more of an opportunity to win the Heisman, as we saw a similar situation last year involving Kyler Murray, Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins, with Murray winning with a much more dangerous run attack.

Fields Finished the Season Strong

The Ohio State Buckeyes are tops in the nation in points scored and allowed the fourth-fewest points, yet it seems they have been overshadowed by bigger storylines all season long and that may have hurt Justin Fields’ Heisman Trophy odds. Statistically speaking, Fields is a step behind Burrow and Hurts with fewer passing yards and a lower pass completion percentage. However, he has a remarkable 37-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and leads a potent offense.

Much like Hurts, Fields has dual-threat capability as he has gained 470 yards on the ground while adding 10 rushing majors. He moved past Hurts on the oddsboard two weeks ago after beating then-No. 8 Penn State. He threw for 302 yards with four touchdowns against Michigan in The Game to close out the regular season. A win over Minnesota in the Big Ten championship game could help build his case for a Heisman if he puts on a terrific performance. However, at this point, in my opinion, he deserves to be in the conversation but is a few steps behind Burrow.

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:

2019 Heisman Trophy Odds
PlayerOdds
Joe Burrow (LSU)-2500
Justin Fields (Ohio State)+1200
Chase Young (Ohio State)+2000
Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma)+2500

Odds as of December 3 at Bovada


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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