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Heisman Trophy Odds: Justin Fields Is The Super Early Favorite for 2020

2020 Heisman Trophy Odds

The etching is barely complete on the 2019 Heisman Trophy after Joe Burrow’s record-setting 93.8 percent of points on the ballot this year. Thankfully for the rest of the college football players, the LSU quarterback won’t be in contention to win the coveted award next year as he will be playing in the NFL. This opens up the door for the 2020 favorite and the man who finished fourth in the 2019 Heisman voting, Ohio State QB Justin Fields at +250.

Online sportsbook Bovada has Fields as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in 2020 at +250 followed by Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence at +300, Alabama QB Mac Jones at +800, Auburn QB Bo Nix at +900 and Georgia QB Jake Fromm and Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler, both at +1000, to round out the top players on the oddsboard.

Why is Justin Fields the Favorite?

The Ohio State Buckeyes have been one of the best college football teams this season, ranking in the top five of the AP Poll in all but two weeks, when they were ranked sixth. They were as high as second and were the top seed in the College Football Playoff rankings in Week 14 and 15. OSU led the nation by scoring 48.7 points per game and allowed 12.5 ppg to rank second. The team’s dominance resulted in the nomination of two players for the 2019 Heisman Trophy, DE Chase Young and QB Justin Fields.

Young may be heading to the NFL but he may not, and if he returns for his senior season, I think he will be the favorite. At this point, though, it is Fields leading the way after the QB racked up 2,953 passing yards with an incredible 40-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, while also rushing for 471 yards and 10 majors in his first year as a starter. The Buckeyes had a strong running attack with J.K. Dobbins that opened up opportunities in the passing game and if Dobbins elects to enter the NFL draft, Master Teague III should fill in nicely. I anticipate Ohio State being competitive again next year and Fields will be at the center of it all.  

Who Is Providing the Best Value?

For me, it’s a toss-up between the second man on the list, Trevor Lawrence, and the fourth, Bo Nix. The Clemson signal-caller has not lost since he became a starter, winning the 2018-19 national title as a true freshman and returning to the College Football Playoff this season. He has guided the fourth-best offense in the nation in back-to-back years and has nearly identical stats year over year. It’s a little surprising that he’s not the favorite as he was after he won the national title last year.

As for Nix, what a season he had as a true freshman, knocking off then-ranked No. 11 Oregon, No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 5 Alabama, while losing by a combined 10 points to No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Georgia. Auburn went 9-3 against the fourth-toughest strength of schedule in the nation. Nix threw for 2,366 yards and had 15 touchdowns to six interceptions but admittedly has some work to do, completing just 57 percent of his passes. However, considering the experience he gained as a freshman against the opponents he faced, he could be in the Heisman conversation next year and +900 would be a nice payday.

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)+250
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)+300
Mac Jones (Alabama)+800
Bo Nix (Auburn)+900
Jake Fromm (Georgia)+1000
Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)+1000
Kedon Slovis (USC)+1200
Sam Ehlinger (Texas)+1200
Sam Howell (North Carolina)+2000
Zamir White (Georgia)+2500
Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)+2500
Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State)+2800
Brock Purdy (Iowa State)+2800
Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis)+2800
Javian Hawkins (Louisville)+2800
Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)+3300
Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)+3300

Odds as of December 16 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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