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.
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State||Week 2||+600|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||Week 8||+1200|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor||Pre-Season||+2800|
|2010||Cam Newton||Auburn||Week 3||+2000|
|2009||Mark Ingram||Alabama||Week 4||+3300|
And the table below displays odds for the 2017 Heisman Award, and will be updated throughout the season.
|JT Barrett||Ohio State||QB||+1250||+1050||+1000||+700|
|Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB||+1500||+1500||+1500||+1000|
|Deondre Francois||Florida State||QB||+2200||+2200||+1200||+1200|
|Trace McSorley||Penn State||QB||+3500||+3300||+2000||+1000|
|Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||QB||+3600||+3600||+1500||+1200|
|Quinton Flowers||South Florida||QB||+4500||+7500||+4000||N/A|
|Luke Falk||Washington State||QB||+4900||+4700||+3000||+3500|
|Will Grier||West Virginia||QB||+6600||+3500||N/A||N/A|
|Mike Weber||Ohio State||RB||+7500||+6600||+5000||N/A|
|Nick Fitzgerald||Mississippi State||QB||+10000||+10000||+4000||+2200|
|Derwin James||Florida State||S||+10000||+12500||+7500||N/A|
|Brandon Wimbush||Notre Dame||QB||+12500||+12500||+7500||N/A|
|James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR||+15000||+12500||+6000||N/A|
|Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR||+15000||+15000||+7500||N/A|
|Brett Rypien||Boise State||QB||+16000||+15000||+10000||N/A|
|Nyqwan Murray||Florida State||WR||+17500||+15000||N/A||N/A|
|Mike White||Western Kentucky||QB||+20000||+15000||N/A||N/A|
|Nick Shimoek||Texas Tech||QB||+25000||+20000||N/A||N/A|
|LJ Scott||Michigan State||RB||+25000||+20000||N/A||N/A|
|Mark Walton||Miami FL||RB||+20000||+20000||N/A||N/A|
|Cam Akers||Florida State||RB||+25000||+20000||N/A||N/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.