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Ohio State QB Justin Fields the solo favorite in updated Heisman odds

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It’s been nearly two weeks since we’ve posted on some updated Heisman odds, so why not throw up a new set as trudge deeper into the offseason?

When last we left the Heisman odds for the 2020 version of the most prestigious trophy in collegiate sports, a pair of quarterbacks, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, were listed by the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook as co-favorites at 4/1.  According to one offshore sportsbook, Fields is the solo Heisman favorite as his odds are at 9/2.  Lawrence, meanwhile, comes in at 5/1.

The new Heisman odds came out just one day after both Fields and Lawrence were named as semifinalists for the 2020 Sullivan Award.  They are the only two football players up for the honor handed out annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete.

The two players, who are both rising third-year juniors, have been connected to one another going back to their days in high school.

Both played their high school ball in the state of Georgia.  Lawrence was the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018.  The No. 2 player?  Fields.  Lawrence’s Tigers, of course, beat Fields’ Buckeyes in a come-from-behind win in one of the two 2019 College Football Playoff semifinal matchups this past season.

As for the remainder of the updated Heisman odds, only five other players were at or below 20/1:

  • Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, 10/1.
  • Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, 12/1.
  • Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman, 14/1.
  • Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, 16/1.
  • Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, 20/1.

Next is a group of quarterbacks at 25/1, including North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Alabama’s Mac Jones, USC’s Kedon Slovis and Florida’s Kyle Trask.

Just one defensive player, Derek Stingley Jr., is listed in the newest Heisman odds.  The LSU cornerback currently sits at 50/1. For all of those infatuated with the Big Uglies, Oregon All-American offensive lineman Penei Sowell sits at 66/1.

Now, for some perspective: In February of last year, Lawrence was the Heisman favorite at 7/2 while Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was right behind at 5/1.  Lawrence finished seventh in the final voting, Tagovailoa 10th.  The winner of the 2019 Heisman trophy, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, saw his odds in the neighborhood of 200/1 at that time.

Want to bet on Joe Burrow for Heisman? Put down $300 to win ONE dollar

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I’ll bet if you make this wager, you’re a degenerate.

Monday, the four finalists for the 2019 Heisman Trophy were announced — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.  While all four technically have a shot at claiming this year’s Heisman, it’s been a foregone conclusion since mid-November at the latest that Burrow is the overwhelming favorite and the other three are fighting for a runner-up finish.  In fact, the only drama is how close Burrow, a transfer from OSU, can come to O.J. Simpson‘s record of 855 first-place votes in 1968 or Reggie Bush‘s record of garnering 91.8 percent of the votes.

To put an exclamation point on just how big of a favorite Burrow is, look no further than one offshore sportsbook.

Right now, Burrow is listed as beyond-prohibitive 1/300 favorite to win the Heisman.  Put another way, you would need to wager $300 to win a single dollar.  The maximum you can bet on Burrow to win the most prestigious trophy in college sports is $75,000, which would net you a return of… $250.

The current over/under on the number of first-place votes Burrow receives is 805.  If the over is hit, it would move Burrow past OSU quarterback Troy Smith‘s 801 in 2006 for second-most ever.  For the record, there were 1,200 voters when Simpson set his record, 924 and 923 when Smith and Bush, respectively, won their Heismans.

As for the odds of the others in the field? Hurts is at 25-1, while Fields and Young sit at 33/1 each.  If you have money to waste and/or throw away, there’s your opportunity.

Clemson would be the wagering favorite in any playoff matchup

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The reigning national champions may not be getting the respect some feel they deserve, but they are feeling the wagering love in some corners.

Clemson is ranked No. 3 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. Barring losses ahead of them, Clemson will likely stay in that spot if they can take care of business against Georgia Tech today and against Virginia in the ACC championship game next weekend to earn one of the four semifinal spots in the playoffs.

If that’s the case, one offshore sportsbook has Clemson as the favorite in any playoff matchup with the four other favorites to claim a semifinal bid — Ohio State, LSU, No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Alabama (no odds were given for No. 6 Utah or No. 7 Oklahoma).

The closest game would be against the Buckeyes, with the Tigers setting at just a one-point favorite at the moment. The widest point spread? The eight points the Bulldogs would be getting.

Ohio State, incidentally, would be the favorite against each of the other three teams listed.

Below are the complete set of odds:

LSU vs Ohio State
LSU +3½
Ohio State -3½

LSU vs Clemson
LSU +4½
Clemson -4½

LSU vs Georgia
LSU -3
Georgia +3

LSU vs Alabama
LSU pk
Alabama pk

Ohio State vs Clemson
Ohio State +1
Clemson -1

Ohio State vs Georgia
Ohio State -7½
Georgia +7½

Ohio State vs Alabama
Ohio State -3½
Alabama +3½

Clemson vs Alabama
Clemson -4½
Alabama +4½

Clemson vs Georgia
Clemson -8
Georgia +8

Georgia vs Alabama
Georgia +3½
Alabama -3½

Ohio State remains wagering title favorite as Clemson inches closer

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With three weeks left in the regular season, including championship weekend, the true contenders for the 2019 national championship are coming into focus.

Ahead of Week 12’s action, Ohio State was one offshore sportsbook’s wagering favorite to win this year’s College Football Playoff championship at 2/1.  Heading into Week 13, the Buckeyes remain at that same 2/1.

Sitting at 3/1 the week before, Clemson saw its title odds shorten a bit to 5/2, the same as LSU’s.  The Tigers had sat at that same 5/2 heading into last Saturday’s win over Ole Miss.  Both of those teams are just ahead of Georgia at 7/1, which is shorter than the Bulldogs’ 9/1 they were getting at this time last week.

At the other end of the wagering spectrum is Alabama, which lost starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in a win and, not surprisingly, saw its odds tumble from 10/1 to 14/1.  Two weeks ago, the Crimson Tide was at 11/4 to win the title.

At 16/1, Oklahoma and Oregon were next up, followed by Utah and Penn State at 40/1 and 50/1, respectively.  After suffering their first losses of the season in Week 12, Minnesota is now at 150/1 (50/1 a week ago) and Baylor at 250/1 (66/1).

Tua Tagovailoa solidifies status as Heisman wagering favorite

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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