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Braxton Miller, not Johnny Football, new Heisman betting favorite

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Thanks to the uncertainty swirling around Johnny Manziel and his myriad Herbie Hancocks, the reigning Heisman winner is no longer the degenerates’ favorite to take home this year’s version of the stiff-armed trophy.

In odds released by, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is now a 9/2 favorite to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy.  Back in February, Miller’s odds were 7/1.  Jadeveon Clowney, who enters the 2013 season with arguably the best chance of becoming the first-ever strictly defensive player to claim the award, sits right behind Miller 6/1.

So, where does Manziel fall in the latest round of odds?  After 4/1 in February, the Texas A&M quarterback has fallen all the way to 15/1.  That puts Johnny Football behind eight other players: Miller; Clowney; Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (9/1); Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10/1; Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (12/1; and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, all at 14/1.

Of the 28 players listed by Bovada, 17 are quarterbacks, seven are running backs and three are wide receivers.  Clowney, a Gamecocks defensive end, is the only defensive player currently on Bovada‘s board.

Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of

Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 9/2
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 6/1
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 9/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 12/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 14/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 14/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 14/1
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 16/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 16/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 22/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 25/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 25/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 30/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 33/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 33/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 33/1
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 35/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 50/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 50/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 50/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 50/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 50/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 50/1
Kain Colter (QB Northwestern) 50/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 50/1

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20 Responses to “Braxton Miller, not Johnny Football, new Heisman betting favorite”
  1. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:01 PM

    Where is Tommy Rees on this list?????

  2. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    On a serious note the two best players in the country are Carey and Hogan. Too bad the east coast bias blocks any football player out west without a USC jersey on, from winning the award. There is great football out here on the west coast!

  3. bertenheim says: Aug 19, 2013 1:40 PM

    OSU and A&M both face soft enough skeds to guarantee 10+ wins.

  4. bertenheim says: Aug 19, 2013 2:02 PM

    Neither Miller nor Manziel is the best player on his own team.

  5. kiopta1 says: Aug 19, 2013 3:30 PM

    I just don’t see Manzeil repeating. Not sure about Miller either. I think we see some new names pop up.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 says: Aug 19, 2013 4:19 PM

    And last year the preseason favorite was easily Matt Barkley. Who cares?

  7. dkhhuey says: Aug 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    It is nice to be recognized as a player with the potential to win such a great award – however, that is the last thing on Braxton’s mind at this point in time! If he manages to pull it off – well, that is like extra sprinkles atop a great big ice cream sundae!!!

  8. kwjsb says: Aug 19, 2013 4:34 PM


  9. spunhead73 says: Aug 19, 2013 5:17 PM

    If Miller wins it,it should be as a RB not QB. He can run but can’t throw. Noodle arm.

  10. cardmagnet says: Aug 19, 2013 5:57 PM

    Stephen Morris is twice the QB Braxton Miller is.

  11. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 6:07 PM

    I’m sorry but who knows what’s going through any of these players minds other than the players themselves? Last thing on Braxton’s mind? Shouldn’t be.

  12. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:37 PM

    Kelly will vote for Devin Gardner. After all we know he is a dbag Wolvie deep down.

  13. dcroz says: Aug 19, 2013 10:12 PM

    Manziel was a longshot to win again even before the current allegations surfaced, regardless of what Bovada says. There are many voters who will not cast theirs for him simply because they think one award per career is enough.

    Look at Tim Tebow, for example. He won in his sophomore year despite being on a three-loss Florida team, then lost out to Sam Bradford the next year despite guiding the Gators to the BCS National Championship Game (which they would win). In his senior season, he led Florida to a 12-0 season despite having little help on the offensive side of the ball, with no serious run threat besides himself and no real go-to receivers; while it may have been his best effort of his career, he would have still likely finished fifth in the voting even had he found a way to beat Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

    Once you win the award and have a chance at another, it becomes more about reasons NOT to give it to you than it does reasons why you should win again. Unless he is the only choice because no one else has a truly standout season–and even then, he may still have to have the Aggies heading to Pasadena to have a shot–then he will be in New York to see his successor crowned.

  14. barbeaux says: Aug 19, 2013 11:40 PM

    I could see Ohio state going undefeated and him winning the heisman. He is an athlete.

  15. Liga Del Tacos Rosa says: Aug 20, 2013 12:05 AM

    Lache Seastrunk likes his odds!

  16. chachooga says: Aug 20, 2013 9:54 AM

    Johnny Football won it last year with a 2 loss record. He got it because of the Bama hype. He beat Bama, Heisman.

    Sure he was excellent. But two losses? That is not Heisman great.

    He won’t even be mentioned come the end of the year except to say….”wow what happened to Johnny Football”.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 1:45 PM

    bertenheim says:
    Aug 19, 2013 2:02 PM
    Neither Miller nor Manziel is the best player on his own team.
    And who in you’re opinion is the best player on each team…? I’m quite interested to know…

    @chachooga. Tebow won on a 3 loss team as did RG3…. One of Manziels losses was his first collegiate game. And he still only lost by 3.

    A&M would literally have to go undefeated for Manziel to win again. Not happening.

  18. florida727 says: Aug 20, 2013 3:34 PM

    I agree with #dcroz. I think once you win it, the “Archie Factor” comes into play. I think no one wants a repeat (or for that matter, a multiple) winner again. The deck is stacked against you before the season even starts. A&M lost a lot of key players off of last year’s team I’ve been told, so for them to get Manziel another trophy seems highly unlikely even if his stats match last year’s, simply because the team may not do as well, or at least garner as much hype and attention.

    Of course, should they beat Alabama early on, at Kyle Field…

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 4:53 PM

    To be honest… I think Manziel HAS to duplicate last years stats AND the Aggies HAVE to go undefeated for him to win again. There’s going to be an undefeated team with a stronger Heisman contender than Te’o. Tie goes to the guy not named Manziel right now.

    If I had to bet… I would say Braxton Miller or AJ McCarron. Clowney is on a team that might lose 2-3 games. Bridgewater will probably go undefeated but plays in the very weak AAC. Tajh Boyd can’t get owned by Clowney again. The dark horse is Mariota up in Eugene. If the Ducks can go undefeated he’s got a real shot.

  20. lizardgrad89 says: Aug 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    I see history repeating itself here.

    An overrated Buckeye QB on an overrated Buckeye team wins the Heisman, goes into the title game as a big favorite over Florida, and just gets DESTROYED.

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