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Manziel tops way-too-early 2013 Heisman odds

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Even as the vast majority of Americans are in the midst of indulging in the holiday known as the Super Bowl, one prominent wagering website is taking a sneak peek at the 2013 college football season.

In Bovada‘s first set of odds for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, and as expected, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the odds-on favorite at 4-1 for a stiff-armed repeat.  Manziel, of course, became the first freshman, redshirt or otherwise, to claim the Heisman in December of last year.

Those odds are assuming Manziel can stay out of jail or remain eligible, of course.

Three players on Bovada‘s initial Heisman radar are also the only players other than Manziel listed by the website to receive votes in last year’s Heisman race — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (7/1), USC wide receiver Marquis Lee (9/1) and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (12/1).  Lee, Miller and Clowney finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in last year’s voting.

Clowney is the only defensive player of the 23 for which Bovada set odds.  There are 14 quarterbacks listed by Bovada, which should come as no surprise as 11 of the past 13 winners have played that position.  There were six running backs named as well as two wide receivers.

Alabama (quarterback AJ McCarron, 12/1; running back T.J. Yeldon, 18/1), Miami (running back Duke Johnson, 12/1; quarterback Stephen Morris, 25/1), Nebraska (quarterback Taylor Martinez, 15/1; running back Ameer Abdullah, 18/1) and Oregon (running back De’Anthony Thomas, 10/1; quarterback Marcus Mariota, 18/1) are the only schools with more than one player listed.

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, 4/1
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, 7/1
USC wide receiver Marquis Lee, 9/1
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, 10/1
Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, 10/1
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron, 12/1
Miami running back Duke Johnson,12/1
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, 12/1
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, 12/1
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, 15/1
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, 15/1
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, 18/1
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, 18/1
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon, 18/1
UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, 20/1
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, 20/1
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, 22/1
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, 25/1
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, 30/1
Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, 30/1
Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey, 33/1
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, 40/1
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs, 40/1

(Tip O’ the Cap: KegsnEggs)

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13 Responses to “Manziel tops way-too-early 2013 Heisman odds”
  1. 24mountaincreeks says: Feb 3, 2013 11:51 PM

    When will people realize that Taylor Martinez is terrible?

  2. mikefoxtrottango says: Feb 4, 2013 12:05 AM

    Can I make money voting AGAINST Blake Bell?

  3. manchestermiracle says: Feb 4, 2013 1:13 AM

    Marquise Lee will have a new QB throwing to him next year, so those odds are quite a stretch. At least the Trojans don’t have to worry about watching another Heisman “favorite” (Barkley) implode under the pressure. In fact, here’s hoping the whole team stays under the radar since they didn’t handle any pressure very well.

  4. allan357 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:38 AM

    No offense to Blake Bell, but isn’t it a little premature to put a guy on a Heisman watch-list when he hasn’t started a college game in his entire life?

  5. sanduskyshowerboy says: Feb 4, 2013 6:18 AM


  6. burm61 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:53 AM

    How is a Maryland receiver on a list ahead of the any program with a QB on their roster?

  7. mogogo1 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:48 AM

    Blake Bell? Unless the rules get changed so every drive starts inside the 10, he’s going to have real problems. And after getting all the love that is always given the backup, he’ll get a taste of the other side.

    Marquis Lee? You don’t win the Heisman when your team loses 6 games, and with Kiffin as coach that’s what USC is facing.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    “Those odds are assuming Manziel can stay out of jail or remain eligible, of course.”

    Was that really necessary for this story…?

  9. floridacock says: Feb 4, 2013 12:11 PM

    If Clowney plays up to his potential, he should win it, but won’t. He will be the # 1 pick and big winner in the 2014 draft though. He is a TOTAL beast!

  10. sallust99 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    Blake Bell has a better arm than Landry Jones. He has a cannon. I am not sure he is going to be a Heisman finalist this year, but he can and will throw the ball. I suggest some of you actually watch the Sooners Spring game like I have the last 4 years. He will be in New York at some point – that I can assure you. Like Tebow, he is a winner.

  11. hovenaut says: Feb 4, 2013 2:14 PM


  12. jc327 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:47 PM

    I would very much expect that the freshman who just won the Heisman would be the odds-on favorite for the next season, even this early.

  13. planck16 says: Feb 4, 2013 8:59 PM

    Sammy Watkins should be on this list. With Nuk Hopkins gone and Sammy being a Junior, he should be on the list.

    Clowney is clearly the best player on this list though and is who I would want my NFL team to pick.

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