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).
Now that the official invite list has been released for this year’s Heisman we get a look at the updated odds to win the award. As you can see, it’s a one horse race at this point. LSU’s Joe Burrow is given better than a 90% chance to win this year’s Heisman. It’s not surprising. He’s taken a good LSU team with a great defense and made them great on both sides of the ball. Hurts has been great for Oklahoma and these odds might be different if it weren’t for the Sooners’ one loss to K State earlier this year. Ohio State gets two players invited to the ceremony. They aren’t likely to win, but it’s still impressive that both and offensive (QB Justin Fields) and defensive (DE Chase Young) were good enough this year to be considered as the best players in college football.
Running backs and wide receivers have all but disappeared from the Heisman conversation, and 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.
|Chase Young||JR||DE||Ohio State||+3300||New||2.69%|
|Justin Fields||SO||QB||Ohio State||+3300||-2300||2.69%|