As we approach the end of the college football season, it’s time to start looking at and thinking about who will take home the most coveted and prestigious individual award in the sport, the Heisman Trophy. Many players have come and gone from the year-long conversation, but as we enter Championship Week, Bovada and most experts have four top players who are getting the best odds. Let’s look at those four and decipher who the best bet is for this year’s top college football prize.
After seeing Robert Griffin III storm in front of the Heisman hopeful pack right at the end of the season, we realized how important it is in the eyes of voters to finish the season strong. That’s how voters often remember you, and that’s exactly what Johnny “Football” Manziel has done in his quest to be the first ever freshman to win the award. Most of his 43 total touchdowns have come in the second half of the season, which included a win over then first-ranked Alabama. Manziel has thrown for more than 3400 yards on the season and is getting a lot of buzz, which is a good sign for him winning the award. At 1/6 odds, Bovada is considering him the heavy favorite, but a pick for Manziel would obviously not yield large profits.
Te’o is getting a lot of praise for leading the nation’s second best defense in terms of points allowed this season. He may not lead the nation in any specific statistical category, but his seven interceptions is an impressive number for a linebacker. The biggest argument in favor of Te’o, however, is that he is the irreplaceable leader of the number one, and only undefeated team in the country. Of course, it’s extremely rare for a defensive player to win the award, as only a handful of players on that side of the ball ever have. At 7/2 odds, though he’s not a bad pick. He will certainly get plenty of votes and there is money to be made by picking him.
Collin Klein spent much of the season as the Heisman frontrunner, but a loss to Baylor two weeks ago has dropped him to the number three spot. He still has had a monster season though, with 34 total touchdowns (20 rushing) and more than 3000 total yards. The other thing to consider is that he still has one game left, this weekend against Texas. So, if he puts up another solid performance, he could rise a little more in the minds of voters. At the moment, he is getting 15/2 odds, so there’s money-making possibility there, but he’s a tough sell right now simply because the buzz surrounding him has died down considerably and he will no longer get a shot at a national title.
Braxton Miller hasn’t received much attention due to Ohio State being ineligible to participate in a bowl game this season, but his performance on the field makes them more than worthy to be considered for the award. Not only did his team finish 12-0, but the battle injury on the way to 28-touchdown season with more than 2000 passing yards. However, considering no one is talking about, it’s likely not many will vote for him. Even at 40-1 odds, a bet for Miller is throwing your money away. He’s just not gonna win.