The most recent Heisman Trophy odds for 2015 are some of the more interesting I can recall in recent years. I say this because among the guys I’ve listed, courtesy our friends at Bovada, four of them hail from Ohio State. It’s not uncommon at all to see two guys from a school among the top favorites but four? That’s pretty impressive.
I also feel that could be a detriment as well and I’ll get into that as I break down the list.
Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State 6/1
The biggest thing in Elliott’s way is the fact that regardless of who it is at quarterback for the Buckeyes, that guy will take plenty of attention away from him. That said, it doesn’t mean he can’t have a big year and still win the trophy.
Dak Prescott, Miss. State 7/1
Leonard Fournette , LSU 7/1
Both of these SEC players should garner plenty of attention as often as they’ll be on television. Prescott will benefit from having the ball in his hands more often than Fournette but don’t count out this LSU Tiger. He will slide into the top running back spot for Les Miles and he returns kicks as well.
Trevone Boykin, TCU 15/2
Boykin led the team I thought should have been in the College Football Playoff ahead of Ohio State this past season and he gets the benefit of having nine other offensive starters back with him.
Cody Kessler, USC 12/1
Nick Chubb, Georgia 12/1
Paul Perkins, UCLA 12/1
Of these three guys, you have to like Chubb’s chances the best. With Todd Gurley in the NFL, he will get the heavy share of the workload in Athens in 2015. Kessler has a shot simply because he plays at USC, but his numbers will need to be exceptional.
Cardale Jones, Ohio State 14/1
Derrick Henry, Alabama 14/1
Samaje Perine, Oklahoma 14/1
Jones is obviously an interesting bet here having started just three career games yet two of them were for a conference title and a national title. Even if he gets the nod to open the season at QB, who is to say he doesn’t share time with either Miller or Barrett? Perine burst onto the scene with his record-setting performance late last fall. Will he pick up where he left off?
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 16/1
Jeremy Johnson, Auburn 16/1
I’ve read where there is some speculation that Johnson could actually run Gus Malzahn’s offense better than Nick Marshall did. If he does, then by all means he’ll be in contention. Barrett will be falling under the same situation as Jones and Miller at Ohio State. Who starts and who gets the playing time?
Braxton Miller, Ohio State 18/1
We know what Miller can do but will he be in the scarlet and gray when he does it?
Connor Cook, Michigan State 20/1
Deshaun Watson, Clemson 20/1
Cook will more than likely have good efficiency numbers but he’ll probably lack the gaudy numbers usually needed. Watson offers the ability to both run and pass but I’m not sure his consistency will be there all season.
Royce Freeman, Oregon 25/1
Freeman’s biggest issue will be the guy in front of him. If Marcus Mariota’s replacement is solid, then Freeman’s numbers could be significant.
Long-Shots I Like
Jared Goff, Cal 50/1
Sonny Dykes’ offense can be down-right explosive and Goff could benefit.
Scooby Wright, Arizona 66/1
The linebacker won’t win it but if he has some big impacts in early games and maintains that consistency he could get a trip to New York.