The college football season is just two weeks old, but the race for the Heisman Trophy has four players who are early season top candidates thanks to the play of their play and that of their teams.
Wagering online at Bovada and topbet is increasing as the odds for who will win the Heisman have been released.
Of course, with just two games played by most teams, there is a great deal of football left to determine who will win the coveted trophy.
Here are the top four, at least for this week.
1. Todd Gurley
The Georgia running back is 5 to 1 on betonline and sportsbook.com to win. He has no nagging injuries that bothered him last season. In the first week of the season, he had 198 rushing yards and 3 TDs, as well as a kickoff return for a touchdown. Georgia was idle last week, but faces South Carolina in an important showdown in the SEC.
2. Marcus Mariota
The Oregon Ducks quarterback is second at this point in the Heisman race. He has a completion record of 65% and 585 yards with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions after two games. Mariota has rushed 85 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown.
3. Kenny Hill
The Texas A&M quarterback is making it easy to forget Johnny Manziel. In the first two starts of his career, Hill has hit completed 71% of his passes with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions. He has accumulated 794 yards passing which is third in the country.
4. Jameis Winston
Reigning Heisman Trophy holder Winston had a better second week than his opening week. He threw two interceptions in week 1 against Oklahoma State. If Florida State remains undefeated, Winston will be a top candidate all season.
Many others that should be mentioned did not make my top 4.
Bryce Petty the talented quarterback from Baylor did not have a great stat day during Week 2 due to an injury against Northwestern. However, this season his numbers should be off the board. If the Bears can win in November at Oklahoma, he likely will get an invite to the Heisman presentation in New York.
Nick Marshall, the dual threat quarterback for Auburn, will have a chance if his Tigers can carry a strong record through the SEC this season.
Brett Hundley the versatile quarterback for UCLA has not started the season strong but remains unbeaten and has plenty of time to put up the numbers he is capable of.
Other players worth a mention: Trevor Knight, QB Oklahoma, Christian Hackenberg QB Penn State, Taysom Hill QB BYU, Dak Prescott, QB Mississippi State and T.J. Yeldon, RB Alabama.