Heisman Trophy Odds
Each year since 1935, the best college football player in the country has been awarded the Heisman Trophy. This is the most prestigious award in college football, which is why there is so much talk about it before and during the season. It’s also why most sportsbooks post Heisman Trophy odds before each season.
The odds have been released for the upcoming 2013 campaign. Johnny Manziel opened as the favorite after winning the award last season, but several off the field issues have had his odds plummet in recent weeks. I’m going to take a look at the favorites and list reasons why they will be contenders to win the Heisman Trophy in 2013.
Heisman Trophy Favorites
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State (5/1) – The leader of Urban Meyer’s high-octane offense, Miller shined en route to earning the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award last season. He threw for 2,039 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions, while also rushing for 1,271 yards. With nine returning starters on offense, Miller should have an even bigger season in 2013. The Buckeyes are the favorites to win the Big Ten as well, which certainly helps his cause.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina (7/1) – Rarely will you ever see a defensive player listed as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. However, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh finished 4th in 2010 while Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o finished second last year. With 21 sacks in two years at South Carolina, Clowney is almost a shoe-in to be the first player drafted in 2014.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (15/2) – Bridgewater will the Cardinals to a Big East Title and a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida last season despite playing injured for part of the year. He completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 3,718 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Bridgewater is also expected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2014 draft. Louisville is the favorite to win the American Athletic Conference, and if it runs the table, could find itself playing for a national title.
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (10/1) – No quarterback in the country was more efficient than McCarron last season. He completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards with 30 touchdowns and three interceptions. At one point, he had 291 straight pass attempts without an interception. McCarron has led Alabama to back-to-back national titles, and a third straight would certainly earn him a trip to New York.
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia (12/1) – Amazingly, Murray decided to return for his senior season despite likely being the first quarterback taken in the 2013 draft. He finished second in the country in pass efficiency as a junior last year and has thrown 95 touchdowns to 32 interceptions in his career at Georgia. The Bulldogs are the favorite to win the SEC East, so he could be playing in a second straight conference title game.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (12/1) – Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012 with a remarkable season. He threw for 3,706 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions, while also rushing for a team-high 1,410 yards and 21 scores. However, there’s a chance he will be suspended for at least part of 2013, which is why he is no longer the favorite to win the Heisman. Plus, only one player in history has repeated (Archie Griffin, Ohio State ’74-’75).
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (12/1) – Mariota quietly had a huge freshman season and could have easily won the Heisman last year if not for Manziel’s heroics. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection after completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions, while also rushing for 752 yards and five scores. After finishing No. 2 in the country last year, Oregon is once again the favorite to win the Pac-12.
2013 Heisman Trophy Odds