This time last year, Tua Tagovailoa was a decided favorite to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Fast-forward a dozen months, and after finishing runner-up to Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in 2018, it’s lather, rinse and repeat.
According to one offshore sportsbook, the Alabama quarterback is now a 2/3 favorite to win the 2019 version of the most prestigious award in college football. Those are actually shorter odds than the week before as Tagovailoa was sitting at 7/4 on Sept. 30.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow saw his odds shorten as well, going from 4/1 to 3/1. In this latest release, Burrow leapfrogged Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, whose odds lengthened a bit to 7/2 from 9/5 a week ago.
Four other players saw their odds lengthen as well:
- Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields (12/1, from 5/1)
- Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (20/1, from 10/1)
- Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (33/1, from 22/1)
- Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (40/1, from 33/1)
Just one player, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm, saw his odds stay the same as the junior remained steady at 20/1.
As we alluded to in the lede, and exactly one year ago today, Tagovailoa was a 2/3 favorite to claim the Heisman (sound familiar?). Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins was next at 9/2 followed by Murray at 7/1. There’s also the below that we wrote at the time:
Tagovailoa’s current status as the front-runner should (maybe?) be taken with a grain of salt. Exactly one year ago today, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was [the offshore sportsbook]‘s betting favorite; Barkley ended up not even being a finalist for the 2017 award won by [Baker] Mayfield.