Mariota Leads Race for Heisman, Gordon Inches Closers

The Heisman Trophy race heated up over the weekend as last week’s leader Marcus Mariota had the week off and Melvin Gordon set a new all time single game record with 408 yards rushing.

The game by Gordon improved his chances for the trophy by light years. It also has helped Gordon’s cause that his team, the Wisconsin Badgers was victorious in an important Big 10 conference game and look to be in position to win their division.

While Mariota was resting over the weekend, another top contender Dak Prescott suffered through a subpar game as Mississippi State lost to Alabama.

Mariota still remains a big distance out in front from the other contenders, but the appearance of Wisconsin in the championship game of the Big 10 will provide Gordon the opportunity to increase his stock.

Heisman Trophy Odds

Marcus Mariota on Bovada and betonline is -500 chalk to win the trophy. Mariota should have huge numbers this Saturday at home versus the Colorado Buffaloes. However, the finale of the regular season against Oregon State on the road could be a challenge. Oregon State was 1-5 in the Pac-12 before beating Arizona State last weekend. Mariota will not have Hroniss Grasu his All-American center or Pharaoh Brown his tight end. Regardless, his ratio of touchdown to interception of 29 to 2 is daunting. Then add in another 8 touchdowns rushing and that makes him look unbeatable.

Melvin Gordon is now 3 to 1 to win the coveted Heisman. He exploded against Nebraska last Saturday for 408 yard on the ground and 4 touchdowns. The running back, who is just a junior, ran the ball just 25 times on the night over three quarters to set the record. The Badgers have now won 5 straight and covered four straight, according to topbet and sportsbook.com. Gordon is the nation’s leader with 1,908 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns.

J.T. Barrett is now 10 to 1 to win the Heisman. Barrett helped lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to their eight straight win. He amassed 389 total yards and 4 touchdowns. He passed for 200 yards and ran for 189. On the season, the freshman has 29 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. He has also rushed for 9 touchdowns.

Dak Prescott dropped to 20 to 1. He had 3 interceptions against Alabama in Mississippi State’s 25-20 loss. Prescott now has 20 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. He has rushed for 11 touchdowns.

Other possibilities but nevertheless long shots are Amari Cooper the wide receiver for Alabama at 40 to 1 and Trevone Boykin the quarterback for TCU at 35 to 1.

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