2017 Heisman Odds

2017 Heisman Odds

Bovada was the first major sportsbook to release odds for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who opened as a 110/1 longshot to win the Heisman last season, is considered a strong contender to repeat in 2017. That would be quite the accomplishment considering that only one player, Ohio State’s Archie Griffin, has won the award twice.

It’s also worth noting the Heisman Trophy is typically awarded to a quarterback or running back with the exception of two tight ends (Larry Kelley, Leon Hart), two wide receivers (Desmond Howard, Tim Brown) and one defensive back (Charles Woodson).

The table below shows the recent winners of this award along with their odds and the first week that they were available as an option.

YearPlayerSchoolOdds AvailableOdds
2016Lamar JacksonLouisvillePre-Season+11000
2015Derrick HenryAlabamaPre-Season+2500
2014Marcus MariotaOregonPre-Season+700
2013Jameis WinstonFlorida StateWeek 2+600
2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&MWeek 8+1200
2011Robert Griffin IIIBaylorPre-Season+2800
2010Cam NewtonAuburnWeek 3+2000
2009Mark IngramAlabamaWeek 4+3300

And the table below displays odds for the 2017 Heisman Award, and will be updated throughout the season.

PlayerSchoolPositionAugust 21
August 21
July 18
June 24
Feb 6
(William Hill)
Jan 24
Sam DarnoldUSCQB+400+525+525+500+700+700
Baker MayfieldOklahomaQB+800+850+850+700+700+600
Lamar JacksonLouisvilleQB+800+950+950+925+700+700
JT BarrettOhio StateQB+800+1250+1250+1050+1000+700
Derrius GuiceLSURB+1200+1500+1500+1500+2000+1500
Saquon BarkleyPenn StateRB+700+1500+1500+1500+1500+1000
Jarrett StidhamAuburnQB+2000+2000+2000+2500+4000N/A
Jalen HurtsAlabamaQB+1600+2200+2200+1500+1500+1200
Jake BrowningWashingtonQB+1800+2200+2200+1700+1200+1000
Bo ScarbroughAlabamaRB+1400+2200+2200+2000+2000+1500
Deondre FrancoisFlorida StateQB+1800+2200+2200+2200+1200+1200
Josh RosenUCLAQB+2500+3500+3500+3300+2000+1200
Trace McSorleyPenn StateQB+3300+3500+3500+3300+2000+1000
Mason RudolphOklahoma StateQB+2500+3600+3600+3600+1500+1200
Nick ChubbGeorgiaRB+2500+4300+4300+4000+3000+2500
Quinton FlowersSouth FloridaQBN/A+4500+4500+7500+4000N/A
Kamryn PettwayAuburnRB+3300+4700+4700+4500+3000+2500
Luke FalkWashington StateQB+3300+4900+4900+4700+3000+3500
Shane BuecheleTexasQB+5000+5500+5500+5500+4000+3500
Will GrierWest VirginiaQBN/A+6000+6600+3500N/AN/A
Antonio CallawayFloridaWRN/A+6000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Mike WeberOhio StateRBN/A+7500+7500+6600+5000N/A
Jacob EasonGeorgiaQBN/A+10000+10000+10000+6000N/A
Josh AllenWyomingQBN/A+10000+10000+10000N/AN/A
Nick FitzgeraldMississippi StateQB+3300+10000+10000+10000+4000+2200
Derwin JamesFlorida StateS+2000+10000+10000+12500+7500N/A
Myles GaskinWashingtonRBN/A+10000+10000+8000+7500N/A
Royce FreemanOregonRBN/A+11500+11500+10000+5000N/A
Brandon WimbushNotre DameQBN/A+12500+12500+12500+7500N/A
Justin HerbertOregonQBN/A+12500+12500+15000+10000N/A
Justin JacksonNorthwesternRBN/A+12500N/AN/AN/AN/A
Kyle AllenHoustonQBN/A+14000+14000+12500+7500N/A
James WashingtonOklahoma StateWRN/A+15000+15000+12500+6000N/A
Christian KirkTexas A&MWRN/A+15000+15000+15000+7500N/A
Malik ZaireFloridaQBN/A+15000+15000+12500N/AN/A
Hunter JohnsonClemsonQBN/A+15000+15000+15000N/AN/A
Shea PattersonMississippiQBN/A+15000+20000+15000+10000N/A
Brett RypienBoise StateQBN/A+16000+16000+15000+10000N/A
Deon CainClemsonWRN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Bryce LoveStanfordRBN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Wilton SpeightMichiganQBN/A+17500+17500+15000+7500N/A
Tanner MangumBYUQBN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Nyqwan MurrayFlorida StateWRN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Cam AkersFlorida StateRB+5000+17500+25000+20000N/AN/A
Mike WhiteWestern KentuckyQBN/A+20000+20000+15000N/AN/A
Kenny HillTCUQBN/A+20000+20000+20000+10000N/A
Calvin RidleyAlabamaWRN/A+20000+20000+20000+10000N/A
Eric DungeySyracuseQBN/A+20000+20000+15000N/AN/A
Kerryon JohnsonAuburnRBN/A+20000+20000+17500N/AN/A
Sewo OloniluaTCURBN/A+20000+20000+17500N/AN/A
Dexter LawrenceClemsonDTN/A+20000+20000N/A+10000N/A
Nick ShimoekTexas TechQBN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Ed OliverHoustonDTN/A+25000+25000+17500+7500N/A
LJ ScottMichigan StateRBN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Ronald JonesUSCRBN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Malik JeffersonTexasLBN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Mark WaltonMiami FLRBN/A+20000+20000+20000N/AN/A
Chris JamesWisconsinRBN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Courtland SuttonSMUWRN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Minkah FitzpatrickAlabamaSN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Rashan GaryMichiganDLN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Arden KeyLSUDEN/A+25000+25000N/A+10000N/A

Jackson opened with the second-best odds of winning the Heisman Trophy, tied with Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett and USC’s Sam Darnold at +700. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, who established himself as one of the nation’s premier signal callers last season, opened as the favorite at +600. That places added significance on the September 9th matchup between the Sooners and Buckeyes.

On February 6th, William Hill posted a more inclusive list with odds for 38 different players. This is just the third year that Nevada sportsbooks are able to accept wagers on the Heisman Trophy. Last year’s winner, Lamar Jackson, had originally opened at +7500 odds at William Hill sportsbooks in February 2016. Jackson (opened +700) enters the upcoming season as the co-favorite alongside Mayfield and Darnold.

Now that odds have been out for a few months, USC’s Darnold has established himself as the clear favorite to take home the award at +500, but Mayfield and Jackson aren’t far behind.

Personally, I think it’s worth waiting before placing a wager on the Heisman Trophy winner. This prop bet has a high theoretical hold percentage (28.5%) and the limits are very low. That means bettors would need to wait nearly 10 months for a minimal payout. It’s also worth pointing out that when Bovada first posted their Heisman odds last year, Lamar Jackson wasn’t even listed as an option.

Who do you think will take home the Heisman Trophy next season? Will another quarterback or running back win the award? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Danny Donahue

If John Mellencamp ever wins an Oscar, I am gonna be a very rich dude. @dannyjdonahue on Twitter

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