Two weeks later? A Pac-12 quarterback has grabbed the front-runner mantle.
In the latest set of odds released by Bovada, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is listed as a 9/2 favorite to claim the 2013 Heisman Trophy. On Sept. 3, Mariota was at 8/1. Despite less than two games worth of actually playing time in the Ducks’ first three games, Mariota has passed for 889 yards, rushed for another 262 and accounted for 11 touchdowns (seven passing, four rushing).
Johnny Manziel, coming off a Herculean effort in a loss to Alabama, has continued his rise in the eyes of Bovada, coming in right behind Mariota at 5/1. Earlier this month, Manziel had been listed at 15/2. The reigning Heisman winner, who sits atop Chris Huston‘s HeismanPundit Straw Poll, had been a 4/1 favorite before the off-field issues dropped him to 15/1; those odds jumped back up to 7/1 after his “situation” was resolved with a half-game suspension.
Manziel’s actually off to a better start than he was last season, accounting for 1,137 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns compared to 903/12 in 2012.
Another player rising is fellow SEC quarterback AJ McCarron. At 12/1 two weeks ago and behind seven other players, Alabama’s McCarron, thanks to his own superb performance in the win over the Aggies, is now behind only Mariota and Manziel at 13/2.
Bridgewater is also at 13/2, while Florida State redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is at 9/1.
Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas is the first non-QB listed at 14/1 — Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon is right behind at 16/1. Maryland’s Stefon Diggs is the first wide receiver at 75/1.
Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 9/2
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 5/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 13/2
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 13/2
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 9/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 10/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 12/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 141
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 16/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 18/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 18/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 20/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 33/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 33/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 40/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 50/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 50/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 66/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 75/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 100/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 100/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 150/1