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Jameis Winston tops Bovada’s initial 2014 Heisman odds

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As expected, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is the early favorite to become the second player to claim back-to-back stiff-armed trophies.

In its initial set of odds for the 2014 Heisman, Bovada.lv has installed Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston as a 2/1 favorite for this year’s award.  Of course, this past season Winston became the second consecutive redshirt freshman to be named the winner of the most prestigious award in college football.

Winston serves as the only 2013 Heisman finalist to be represented as the other five — Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn running back Tre Mason, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Boston College running back Andre Williams –were either seniors or left school early.

Around this time last year, Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner, was the prohibitive favorite at 4-1.  McCarron was the only other 2013 finalist to make Bovada‘s initial release in early February.  Winston was not listed as he had yet to claim the starting job coming off a redshirt year.

Right behind Winston are a trio of quarterbacks: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (7/2), Ohio State’s Braxton Miller (4/1) and Baylor’s Bryce Petty (6/1).  Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon at 5/1 is the favorite running back, although I’d wait for his running mate Derrick Henry, who’s not included in the initial batch of odds, to be listed if you’re looking to drop some cash on a Tide back.

In somewhat of a surprise, six running backs are listed by Bovada to go along with nine quarterbacks.  Quarterbacks have won 12 of the last 13 Heismans, the lone exception being Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009.

Another surprise?  Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who did not play in 2013 because he cheated on a final exam earlier in the year, is listed at 25/1.

The Seminoles are the only team with two players listed by Bovada, with Winston joined by running back Karlos Williams (33/1).

Below is the complete set of 2014 Heisman odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State) 2/1
Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) 7/2
Braxton Miller (QB, Ohio State) 4/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB, Alabama) 5/1
Bryce Petty (QB, Baylor) 6/1
Brett Hundley (QB, UCLA) 12/1
Mike Davis (RB, South Carolina)  15/1
Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin) 16/1
Everett Golson (QB, Notre Dame) 25/1
Trevor Knight (QB, Oklahoma) 25/1
Duke Johnson (RB, Miami) 33/1
Karlos Williams (RB, Florida State) 33/1
Matt Johnson (QB, Bowling Green) 66/1
Rakeem Cato (QB, Marshall) 66/1

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10 Responses to “Jameis Winston tops Bovada’s initial 2014 Heisman odds”
  1. normtide says: Jan 24, 2014 2:14 PM

    I expect Yeldon will at least split the carries evenly with Henry, and maybe get fewer than Henry. Winston has to be the favorite, but its very hard to win it twice in a row. He will have another great year, no doubt, but it is expected now. Knight had a coming out party against Bama, that could be momentum headed into next season. Do not count out Marshall from Auburn, if the tigers open the playbook up, his numbers could be outrageous. Miller is another player more than capable to crush it statistic wise. Want a waaaay off the radar pick? The young QB from Tennessee. I think UT could be next season’s break-out SEC team.

  2. raysfan1 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:16 PM

    Voters will look for reasons to not pick Winston, so him winning again is very unlikely. No disrespect to anyone on the list, but the trend in recent years is that the eventual Heisman winner is someone who was not on the pundits’ radar preseason. Therefore, I’ll put my money on “none of the above.”

  3. raysfan1 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:21 PM

    My off-the-radar pick, which no doubt now means I’ve just jinxed him, is Dylan Thompson from South Carolina.

  4. boomgrounder says: Jan 24, 2014 2:38 PM

    Marshall QB Rakeem Cato will be a Heisman Finalist next season. He will be a Senior and is going to put up big numbers in The Thundering Herd’s offensive attack.

  5. donovandancy says: Jan 24, 2014 3:37 PM

    Wow, much better odds than some stupid writer who excluded Winston because he just won the Heisman.

  6. mcjon22 says: Jan 24, 2014 5:11 PM

    As an FSU guy, I’d throw $100 on Karlos Williams. He led the team in TD’s and YPC and he didn’t start playing RB until 3 games into the season.

    Add in that FSU’s O-line will be one of the best in the nation, and Wilder and Freemen both went pro, Los has an excellent shot to be a finalist

  7. blacknole08 says: Jan 24, 2014 5:34 PM

    Winston will repeat as Heisman AND national champion. He’s only gonna get better.

  8. normtide says: Jan 24, 2014 5:49 PM

    If you watch college football, you must understand how hard that is to do. I think FSU has as good of, if not better, chance of doing it. But insisting it WILL happen makes me think you are just overwhelmed by your fandom.

  9. sallust99 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:32 PM

    It will be a good Knight come December 2014

  10. alackey20 says: Jan 31, 2014 12:44 PM

    Wow!! I am surprised this early in the year, FSU people are chasing the Heisman Trophy already.

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