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Geno Smith is Bovada’s new Heisman favorite

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Not only did USC’s loss to Stanford take the shine off the Trojans in the eyes of the oddsmakers as a team, it also had an impact individually for one of the pivotal characters in the defeat.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, a 3-1 favorite entering the season, now sits at 5/1 in‘s odds to win the 2012 Heisman.  The new favorite?  West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith at 5/2; he was at 8-1 prior to the start of the new season.

Putting Smith up as the favorite makes sense after three weeks as the senior is second in the country in QB rating; third in passing yards per game; first in completion percentage, with the same amount of incompletions as touchdowns (nine); and tied for fourth in scoring passes, all the while not throwing an interception in his 75 attempts thus far.

The player who’s taken the biggest tumble since the final preseason odds were released is Montee Ball.  The Wisconsin running back entered 2012 as with 6/1 odds to win the Heisman, second behind Barkley.  After rushing for just 320 yards and two touchdowns — and averaging just 3.8 yards per carry — Ball has seen those odds tumble to 30/1.

Below are the complete set of 2012 Heisman odds, courtesy of and with the preseason odds listed in parentheses:

Geno Smith — West Virginia — QB — 5/2 (8/1)
Matt Barkley — USC – QB — 5/1 (3/1)
De’Anthony Thomas — Oregon — RB — 15/2 (20/1)
Landry Jones — Oklahoma — QB — 15/1 (8/1)
Collin Klein — Kansas State — QB — 15/1 (75/1)
Braxton Miller — Ohio State — QB — 15/1 (65/1)
Le’Veon Bell — Michigan State — RB — 15/1 (125/1)
EJ Manuel — Florida State — QB — 18/1 (30/1)
Denard Robinson — Michigan — QB — 20/1 (15/2)
Aaron Murray — Georgia — QB — 20/1 (15/1)
Marcus Lattimore — South Carolina — RB — 20/1 (18/1)
Tajh Boyd — Clemson — QB — 20/1 (45/1)
AJ McCarron — Alabama — QB — 28/1 (22/1)
Montee Ball — Wisconsin — RB — 30/1 (6/1)
Taylor Martinez — Nebraska — QB — 30/1 (80/1)

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11 Responses to “Geno Smith is Bovada’s new Heisman favorite”
  1. normtide says: Sep 21, 2012 8:11 AM

    Smith is my favorite at the moment, but want to see him in league play before I sign my ballot. Barkley is not out of it, but Ball is. I think Robinson still had a shot, he can be electric.

  2. wvucolumbus says: Sep 21, 2012 9:02 AM

    normtide-I completely agree. Make no mistake….Geno has been incredible these first few weeks, however, it’s been against inferior competition.

    I have an idea. Let’s WAIT until about week 4-6 to:
    1. Announce Heisman odds/candidates
    2. Announce team rankings

    It is a shame that a team like Stanford, who beat USC, is not in Top 5.

  3. mrklutch says: Sep 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    If KSU beats OU this weekend, Collin Klein will be the next favorite. Tough task ahead of him though.

  4. southernpatriots says: Sep 21, 2012 10:30 AM

    I have personally witnessed Geno Smith play against my alma mater. Though we won both games at home and played the Mountaineers at Morgantown. Not just myself, but all LSU fans gained great respect for Geno over these two games. If he had a better receiving corps and a little better defense, LSU would have had great trouble winning those games. Geno played hard every down, and never gave up, even in the fourth quarter when his team was being pushed around.

    There are some more competitive games ahead for all the candidates, and I would like to see more of the other candidates. I think I know what Geno will do, even with good competition. I would like to see more of the other candidates over the next few weeks.

  5. clemsonstillsucks says: Sep 21, 2012 10:59 AM

    This is all fluff and filler, in addition to ultimately being irrelevant at this stage of the season. Every young man mentioned is worth mentioning for sure, but we’re not even a quarter way into the season.

  6. bacnblk says: Sep 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    I like Geno Smith, he sure made those Taters look silly last year!

  7. huskerzfan says: Sep 21, 2012 6:39 PM

    If he had a better receiving corps..


    Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin make up one of the best WR tandems in the entire country. Those 2 combined for 10 receptions, 302 yards receiving, and a TD against LSU last year.

  8. dkernwvu says: Sep 21, 2012 11:36 PM


    Its nice to see a presumed UConn fan calling it like it is. I must also point out how good their third WR is-esp. since I see so little mention of him from either local or national media -JD Woods has been the most dominate of the three in significant spells during WVU’s first two games and seems to show up most often when plays break down which means as the competition improves look for him to become even more of a factor.

    However, it’s not all roses for WVU fans, despitesuch exciting early talk. While I was one of very few supporters of them before the season strated the Moutaineer defense has been deplorable against both the run and the pass and my view of them has become VERY pessimistic. Look for them to let Geno down in his heisman hunt, possibly as soon as the Baylor game.

  9. wvucolumbus says: Sep 22, 2012 7:10 AM

    Yeah, our WR combo (not as much when we played in Death Valley 2 years ago) was stout last year. JD Woods is NOT a premier WR. I don’t care what guys do in Spring game and against inferior competition. WVU’s season starts next week (we wont even know from playing Maryland, a truly deplorable team). Hopefully, Woods does step up but he’s not even close to as good as Stedman Bailey (our best WR).

    I also agree w/ you that WVU may stumble in its first XII game. Our defense is that bad.

  10. wustlumdnj says: Sep 22, 2012 7:23 AM

    “Though we won both games at home and played the Mountaineers at Morgantown.”

    Not a sentence.

  11. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 23, 2012 7:30 AM

    The West Virginia Mountaineers are one of my favorite teams outside of the SEC. In fact, for years now, I have said they “were” an stealth SEC team, it is just they didn’t tell anyone. I really wanted WVU in the SEC. I sat with Mountaineer Maniacs and found them to be just like LSU fans at Tiger Stadium. I have joined with southernpatriots and wished and dreamed that if somehow Geno Smith could have been on our team (LSU) that probably we would have won several national championships over the last four years.

    Geno can make plays where there are no plays and make various receivers, numerous receivers, all look good. We played without a QB, well it seemed like it, for the past 4 years and now have a pro-style rookie QB who is learning and progressing.

    I have been up to “God’s country” –Morgantown– on a half dozen occasions over the past years, volunteering with southernpatriots’ family, who has gone to the area for the past 25 years or so each Christmas season. They work with other professionals (dentists and doctors) to provide health care for many precious rural people there, working with former Mountaineer players and alums in their work. I have such a love and appreciation in my heart for the people of Central Appalachia. When I have to leave the area and return home to southwestern Louisiana, it always fills my eyes with tears and a big lump in my chest. I think a piece of my heart remains in West Virginia, though I am living and working in Louisiana.

    I do not know what Coach Dana Holgorsen, and Coaches De Forest and Patterson can do about the defense. It seems to me that with the offense clicking, that defense is the area that has hurt the team and could again in at least some of the upcoming games. I don’t have an answer, but somehow I hope the defense can get it all together or play over their heads if need be. Some very big games are coming up!

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