You don’t exactly have to be the sharpest knife in the chandelier to know, heading into the 2011 season, who will be the hands-down favorite to take home this year’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
The odds on the stiff-armed trophy from Bodog.com were updated Tuesday, and confirmed what will likely be a very popular opinion over the next couple of months.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who finished a distant second to Auburn’s Cam Newton in last year’s voting, is the odds-on favorite to do one better in 2011, coming in at 9/2 according to the gambling website. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is next at 13/2, followed South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore at 7/1 and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Oregon running back LaMichael James at 15/2 to round out the latest “Top Five”.
James finished third in the voting last year, while Boise State’s Kellen Moore rounded out the quartet invited to New York City with a fourth-place finish. Moore is currently at 15-1 to win the Heisman this year.
Bodog listed the odds for 38 players, with more than half (21) coming from the quarterback position. That’s not at all unexpected, after all, as QBs have taken home nine of the last 10 trophies. Mark Ingram of Alabama was the only non-QB in the last decade to win the award, and his position — running back — was next with 11 players listed, followed by wide receivers with seven. No defensive players were listed in the latest odds.
Before we get to the complete list, and if I were a gambling man — and I’ll bet ya $100 I’m not — I’d take a long hard look at Matt Barkley at 45/1. I just have a feeling about the USC QB this year as he plays one more season with the Trojans and then bolts to the 2012 NFL draft. Additionally, and given the fact that he’ll be directing Dana Holgorsen’s high-octane offense at West Virginia, QB Geno Smith might be worth a $10 or $20 flier at 90/1. Again, if you’re the gambling type. Which I’m not.
Anyway, here is the complete updated list of odds, again courtesy of Bodog.com:
Andrew Luck (QB Stanford) 9/2
Landry Jones (QB Oklahoma) 13/2
Marcus Lattimore (RB South Carolina) 7/1
Denard Robinson (QB Michigan) 15/2
LaMichael James (RB Oregon) 15/2
Trent Richardson (RB Alabama) 12/1
Justin Blackmon (WR Oklahoma State) 15/1
Kellen Moore (QB Boise State) 15/1
Knile Davis (RB Arkansas) 15/1
Ryan Broyles (WR Oklahoma) 15/1
Robert Griffin III (QB Baylor) 20/1
Chris Polk (RB Washington) 25/1
Roy Finch (RB Oklahoma) 30/1
Brandon Weeden (QB Oklahoma State) 32/1
Case Keenum (QB Houston) 35/1
Darron Thomas (QB Oregon) 35/1
Kirk Cousins (QB Michigan State) 35/1
Michael Floyd (WR Notre Dame) 40/1
Matt Barkley (QB USC) 45/1
Nick Foles (QB Arizona) 45/1
Russell Shepard (WR LSU) 50/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 55/1
E.J. Manuel (QB Florida State) 60/1
John Brantley (QB Florida) 60/1
Ryan Tannenhill (QB Texas A&M) 60/1
Tyler Wilson (QB Arkansas) 70/1
Danny O’Brien (QB Maryland) 75/1
Dayne Crist (QB Notre Dame) 75/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 75/1
Alshon Jeffery (WR South Carolina) 80/1
James White (RB Wisconsin) 80/1
Montee Ball (RB Wisconsin) 80/1
Robert Woods (WR USC) 80/1
Michael Dyer (RB Auburn) 85/1
David Wilson (RB Virgina Tech) 90/1
Geno Smith (QB West Virginia) 90/1
Marcus Coker (RB Iowa) 90/1
Dan Persa (QB Northwestern) 95/1