Heisman Looking More Like a Two-Horse Race: Updated Odds

Heisman Looking More Like a Two-Horse Race: Updated Odds

The Heisman favorites continue to distance themselves from the pack, as we’re now down to just two players inside of 8/1 odds to win the award. Saquon Barkley had 2 TDs on Saturday, though neither was by way of a rush or reception. Instead, he returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, and later threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to improve his career completion percentage to 100%.

In the process his BetOnline odds jumped from +250 to +125. Let’s take a look at how the rest of the list was shaken up this weekend.

PlayerSchoolPositionOct 3
(BetOnline)
Sep 25 9:00 PM EST
(BetOnline)
Sep 25 4:00 PM EST
(BetOnline)
Sep 18
(BetOnline)
Sep 11
(BetOnline)
Sep 6
(BetOnline)
Sep 6
(5Dimes)
Aug 21
(Bovada)
Aug 21
(5Dimes)
July 18
(5Dimes)
June 24
(5Dimes)
Feb 6
(Will Hill)
Jan 24
(Bovada)
Saquon BarkleyPenn StateRB+125+250+500+800+700+1000+1000+700+1500+1500+1500+1500+1000
Baker MayfieldOklahomaQB+225+275+300+350+400+600+800+800+850+850+700+700+600
Mason RudolphOklahoma StateQB+800+600+600+700+1400+1400+1600+2500+3600+3600+3600+1500+1200
Lamar JacksonLouisvilleQB+1000+700+600+450+350+400+600+800+950+950+925+700+700
Bryce LoveStanfordRB+1400+3300+3300+5000N/AN/A+6500N/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Sam DarnoldUSCQB+2000+1000+800+500+450+700+600+400+525+525+500+700+700
Luke FalkWashington StateQB+2000N/AN/AN/AN/A+2000+2500+3300+4900+4900+4700+3000+3500
JT BarrettOhio StateQB+2500+1400+1400+2000+2500+800+1500+800+1250+1250+1050+1000+700
Jalen HurtsAlabamaQB+2500+2500+2500+2000+1200+1400+2500+1600+2200+2200+1500+1500+1200
Royce FreemanOregonRB+3300+2000+2000+2500+3300+3000+4000N/A+11500+11500+10000+5000N/A
Trace McSorleyPenn StateQB+3300+2000+2000+1600+2000+1600+2000+3300+3500+3500+3300+2000+1000
Jake BrowningWashingtonQB+3300+3300+3300+2000+2500+2000+3000+1800+2200+2200+1700+1200+1000
Quinton FlowersSouth FloridaQB+3300+3300+3300+2500+2500+2500+4000N/A+4500+4500+7500+4000N/A
Nick ChubbGeorgiaRB+3300+3300+3300+4000+5000+3300+3500+2500+4300+4300+4000+3000+2500
Josh RosenUCLAQB+5000+2000+2000+1400+1200+1200+2250+2500+3500+3500+3300+2000+1200
Damien HarrisAlabamaRBN/A+5000+5000+10000+6600+4000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Derrius GuiceLSURBN/A+5000+5000+3300+1400+1400+1600+1200+1500+1500+1500+2000+1500
Nick FitzgeraldMississippi StateQBN/A+5000+5000+3300+5000+5000+5500+3300+10000+10000+10000+4000+2200
JK DobbinsOhio StRBN/A+5000+5000+5000+6600+3300N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Jarrett StidhamAuburnQBN/A+6600+6600+8000+10000+5000N/A+2000+2000+2000+2500+4000N/A
Calvin RidleyAlabamaWRN/A+10000+10000+8000+10000+6600+10000N/A+20000+20000+20000+10000N/A
Justin HerbertOregonQBN/AN/AN/A+5000+10000+5000+15000N/A+12500+12500+15000+10000N/A
Ty JohnsonMarylandRBN/AN/AN/A+3300+2500+3300N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kamryn PettwayAuburnRBN/AN/AN/A+4000+5000+5000+5000+3300+4700+4700+4500+3000+2500
Ed OliverHoustonDTN/AN/AN/A+5000+5000+6600+6500N/A+25000+25000+17500+7500N/A
Brandon WimbushNotre DameQBN/AN/AN/A+8000+10000+6600+4500N/A+12500+12500+12500+7500N/A
Nyqwan MurrayFlorida StateWRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Will GrierWest VirginiaQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+8000N/A+6000+6600+3500N/AN/A
Justin JacksonNorthwesternRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+12500N/AN/AN/AN/A
Kyle AllenHoustonQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+9000N/A+14000+14000+12500+7500N/A
James WashingtonOklahoma StateWRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6000N/A+15000+15000+12500+6000N/A
Antonio CallawayFloridaWRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+6000N/AN/AN/AN/A
Malik ZaireFloridaQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+15000+15000+12500N/AN/A
Hunter JohnsonClemsonQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+15000+15000+15000N/AN/A
Mike WeberOhio StateRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+1000N/A+7500+7500+6600+5000N/A
Brett RypienBoise StateQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+16000+16000+15000+10000N/A
Deon CainClemsonWRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Bo ScarbroughAlabamaRBN/AN/AN/AN/A+5000+3300+2000+1400+2200+2200+2000+2000+1500
Wilton SpeightMichiganQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+8000N/A+17500+17500+15000+7500N/A
Tanner MangumBYUQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+17500+17500+15000N/AN/A
Mike WhiteWestern KentuckyQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+15000N/AN/A
Shea PattersonMississippiQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+15000N/A+15000+20000+15000+10000N/A
Christian KirkTexas A&MWRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000N/A+15000+15000+15000+7500N/A
Myles GaskinWashingtonRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+8000N/A+10000+10000+8000+7500N/A
Derwin JamesFlorida StateSN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000+2000+10000+10000+12500+7500N/A
Deondre FrancoisFlorida StateQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+1800+2200+2200+2200+1200+1200
Arden KeyLSUDEN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000N/A+25000+25000N/A+10000N/A
Rashan GaryMichiganDLN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Minkah FitzpatrickAlabamaSN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Courtland SuttonSMUWRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Chris JamesWisconsinRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Mark WaltonMiami FLRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+20000N/AN/A
Malik JeffersonTexasLBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Ronald JonesUSCRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
LJ ScottMichigan StateRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Josh AllenWyomingQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+5500N/A+10000+10000+10000N/AN/A
Nick ShimoekTexas TechQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+25000+25000+20000N/AN/A
Dexter LawrenceClemsonDTN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+10000N/A+20000+20000N/A+10000N/A
Sewo OloniluaTCURBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+17500N/AN/A
Kerryon JohnsonAuburnRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+17500N/AN/A
Eric DungeySyracuseQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+20000+20000+15000N/AN/A
Jacob EasonGeorgiaQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+8500N/A+10000+10000+10000+6000N/A
Kenny HillTCUQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+15000N/A+20000+20000+20000+10000N/A
Shane BuecheleTexasQBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+5000+5000+5500+5500+5500+4000+3500
Cam AkersFlorida StateRBN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A+5000+17500+25000+20000N/AN/A

Baker Mayfield’s Sooners didn’t play this weekend, but his odds still improved despite another strong game from Mason Rudolph. Rudolph completed 27 of 38 for 376 yards and 3 TDs at Texas Tech, but saw his chances fall to +800.

The two biggest jumps on the list both came from the Pac-12. Stanford running back Bryce Love has climbed into the top five at +1400. After rushing for 301 yards this Saturday vs. Arizona State, Love now has 1,088 rushing yards on the season, by far the most in the FBS.

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is also back in the Heisman conversation following WSU’s huge home win over USC Friday night. Falk was unlisted the past few weeks, but shot up to +2000 after throwing for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Trojans.

Barkley and Mayfield have undoubtedly been the most impressive players in college football to this point, and are deserving of their respective positions at the top of this list. But this being only five games into the season, I don’t see any value in taking either of them to win the award. Instead I’d be looking at someone like Love, who has potential to see his chances greatly improve as he quickly becomes a household name.

What do you think? Is there still value in taking one of the front-runners? Do any dark horses stand out? Let us know in the comment section or reply to us on Twitter @SportsInsights.

Danny Donahue

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

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