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Breaking down the Heisman Trophy odds heading into Championship Week

Joe Burrow is a near lock for the Heisman Trophy, but let’s break down the other contenders looking to make their case.

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The Heisman Trophy is a near lock for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow to be this year’s winner. He took control of the Tiger offense and made it the best it may ever have been, which makes him worthy of the award.

Burrow is currently -2000 at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the Heisman, a heavy favorite going into Championship Week. The Heisman was swayed significantly during last year’s conference title games, but this one seems more wrapped up before the day starts.

In case anything crazy were to happen, here’s a look at the other Heisman contenders.

Justin Fields +1200

UPDATE: Fields and the Buckeyes struggled in the first half, but the entire team put together a dominant second half to complete their case for the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. Fields threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns to likely secure a trip to New York City for the award ceremony.

It’s been an incredible year for the transfer quarterbacks. Joe Burrow is the frontrunner transferring from Ohio State to LSU, while Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State. The Buckeyes have been nearly flawless in 2019, and it all starts with Fields running the show on offense. Fields has a 37:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, which is absolutely ridiculous.

Chase Young +1200

UPDATE: Young was unable to register a sack in the Big Ten title game, but he still managed two quarterback hurries and 1.5 tackles for a loss. He helped key a second half shutout of Wisconsin.

Yes, defensive players are allowed to win the Heisman. Young is probably the best player in college football, regardless of position. If you are a defensive player and the whole country knows your name, you’re doing something right. Young might be the No. 1 overall draft pick this spring. He has been unstoppable getting to opposing quarterbacks with 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

J.K. Dobbins +2000

UPDATE: Dobbins has been a workhorse all season, and that was the case again on Saturday. He rushed 33 times for 172 yards and a touchdown, his third straight game with a 150+ rushing yards and his eighth straight games with a touchdown. He scored in all but one game this season.

This is partly the reason why Burrow is such a heavy favorite. The next three are all Ohio State players, and they’re all going to steal each other’s votes. This is another testament to how dominant the Buckeyes have been all season long and why they are currently in the top spot of the College Football Playoff rankings. Dobbins has rushed for 1,657 yards with 19 touchdowns in 2019.

Jalen Hurts +4000

UPDATE: Hurts was a busy man in the Big 12 Championship Game. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while carrying 23 times for 38 yards. It wasn’t his best game, but Oklahoma won and with Georgia struggling against LSU, the Sooners are likely headed to the College Football Playoff.

Speaking of transfer quarterbacks, we’ve got another one with Jalen Hurts, who lost his starting spot at Alabama to Tua Tagovailoa and headed for Norman, Oklahoma where the Sooners offense has not missed a beat. Hurts has led Oklahoma to Playoff consideration and has thrown for 3,347 yards with 31 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Jonathan Taylor +15000

UPDATE: Taylor finished his season strong, rushing for 148 yards and a touchdown. It probably was not enough to get him an invite to New York City for the Heisman ceremony, but it was a very respectable finish to the season.

If not for a loss to Illinois, Wisconsin would have been watched more down the stretch, which would increase Taylor’s Heisman Trophy odds. But he’s been here for three years, so college football has had plenty of time to watch him run over and speed past opponents. He is having another spectacular season with 1,761 yards and 20 touchdowns. If the three Ohio State players ahead of him are doomed by split voters, Taylor could have a shot to be a Heisman finalist, especially if Wisconsin finds a way to get the win.