The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football each year. Before the start of each season, oddsmakers set the odds for those players who are most likely to win the award. Recently, being listed as the favorite in the preseason has been all but a guarantee not to win the Heisman (see our table at the bottom of the page for past results).
This season the early odds show a two-horse race with Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence leading the pack. Both QBs are coming off of stellar seasons, though many think Lawrence was a little disappointing in his sophomore season. Both players put up big numbers and both of their teams are likely to be in the College Football Playoffs conversation.
As has become the norm, quarterbacks dominate this list with all five of the top contenders playing from the signal-caller position. There are two running backs in the top ten, however, running backs and wide receivers have all but disappeared from the Heisman conversation. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a casual college football fan that could name the best running back or wide receiver in the country. In any case, the table below shows the odds on the remaining contenders for this year’s best player in college football from BetOnline.
The Change column shows any movement in the odds since our last update. The last column, titled “Hesiman” represents the implied odds each player has to win the award at the given market odds.