While we’re staring at not having our regular sports calendar for a bit, it looks like the league that will be the least-affected here will be FBS college football. And with a stable of returning quarterbacks that should all shine this season, there are plenty of outstanding candidates for the Heisman Trophy, which rewards the best player in all of college football.
Let’s take a look at the odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, and dive a bit deeper as to why some of the players have the price they do in mid-March.
Justin Fields, Ohio State +350
The favorite for the trophy will be the starting quarterback for Ohio State, who threw for 3273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions last year. Tackd on another 10 TD’s and 484 yards rushing, and you’ve got a dual threat that led an Ohio State team that was a bit unlucky to not appear in the College Football Playoff final.
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson +500
For his last year of free football, the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from Clemson is the second choice to win the Heisman. The last football game he played is the only one he’s lost in his college career in the CFP final, and last year had 3665 yards and 36 TD’s with eight INT’s.
Jamie Newman, Georgia +600
The Wake Forest QB transferred to Georgia, and is expected to have a huge 2020 following 2868 yards and 26 TD’s vs. 11 INT’s last season for an upstart but hardly overwhelming Demon Deacons team that was a surprise at 8-5 last year.
D’Eriq King, Miami +900
The Houston transfer heads to Miami after struggling with new Cougars coach Dana Holgorsen. In Coral Gables he’ll have a new offensive coordinator after the firing of Dan Enos, and Rhett Lashlee will likely implement a spread-based scheme. King was a monster in 2018 with 2982 yards and 36 TDs against just six INT’s before only playing four games in 2019 to keep his eligibility for a transfer season.
Bo Nix, Auburn +1600
Had an excellent true freshman campaign for the Tigers in 2019, with 2542 yards passing and 313 yards rushing. He’s played well on big stages and should likely continue to improve, but he’ll need a spectacular campaign to surpass the talent ahead of him. These might be fantastic odds in 2021 or 2022 however.
Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State +2500
The first non-quarterback on the board alongside Travis Etienne of Clemson, the rising junior from Edmonton, Alberta had 2094 yards and 21 rushing TD’s for the ‘Pokes last season. He also caught 23 passes for 198 yards to show versatility, and he should have even more room to run against notoriously terrible Big XII defenses this season. It will also likely be his last as an NCAA player.
The following odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook:
Heisman Trophy Odds 2020
|Amon-Ra St. Brown||+10000|
|John Rhys Plumlee||+10000|
|Michael Penix Jr||+20000|
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