Heisman Odds After Week 10: Chase Making A Case But Smart Money Is On Tua

  • LSU’s Joe Burrow (-110) remains the heavy Heisman favorite
  • Chase Young’s odds moved from +2500 to +800 on BetOnline despite being on a bye week
  • Betting Tua Tagovailoa (+375) before his game against LSU could be a great buying opportunity

Chase Young is so dominant that he even chases down college quarterbacks on his bye week.

Despite the top-five contenders enjoying a Saturday off, Ohio State’s defensive end jumped from +2500 last week to +800 to win the Heisman.

With Young now in striking distance of Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa and teammate Justin Fields, let’s look at the latest odds at BetOnline and determine whether he can “chase” them down.


Player Current Odds Trending Last Week
Joe Burrow (QB, LSU) -110 -125
Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma) +250 +225
Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama) +375 +500
Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State) +750 +600
Chase Young (DE, Ohio State) +800 +2500


How does one’s Heisman odds skyrocket without even playing a game? Articles are penned, TV talking-heads chatter, LeBron James calls you an “absolute monster,” and buzz just keeps on building.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound wrecking ball leads the nation in sacks (13.5) by a comfortable margin (3.5) and is second in the country in forced fumbles with five.

Pro Football Focus also credits Young with five of the top-nine performances turned in by edge rushers this season.

While the Heisman Trophy has only been awarded to a defensive player once in its history (Charles Woodson at Michigan in 1997), there’s a strong chance Young’s odds only improve from here so don’t be too bummed about missing last week’s buying window.

With Burrow and Tagovailoa facing off this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, one of those two quarterbacks’ Heisman hopes will be dealt a serious blow.

And, considering Hurts already suffered a loss at Kansas State in Week 9, the Buckeyes defensive beast should have the upper hand if Ohio State remains undefeated.

Young has two cupcake opponents on the docket (Maryland and Rutgers) before finishing the regular season with two spotlight games against Big-Ten rivals, No. 5 Penn State and No. 14 Michigan.


All expectations are for Tagovailoa to suit up against LSU on Saturday just 20 days after undergoing surgery to repair the high-ankle sprain he suffered against Tennessee.

After undergoing the same procedure last year, Tagovailoa faced Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl 27 days later and threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-34 win.

If the Alabama junior can gut out a similar performance this weekend and defeat Joe Burrow mano a mano, he’ll immediately become the overwhelming favorite for the bronze statue.

Don’t forget that Tua spent this entire season as the Heisman favorite before going down, and that overcoming an injury will only make his case stronger. Media members also may want to reward Tagovailoa after voting him runner-up last year.

Tagovailoa at +375 is an incredible value given the Crimson Tide are currently six-point favorites against the Tigers.

Steve Starr

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