Heisman Trophy Odds Update After Week 12: Burrow Can’t Be Beat

  • LSU’s Joe Burrow (-2000) is now an insurmountable Heisman favorite 
  • Tua Tagovailoa is off the board after suffering a season-ending hip injury on Saturday 
  • Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields are longshots despite putting up video-game numbers all year

Tua Tagovailoa’s gruesome hip dislocation was the story of Week 12, but the truth is oddsmakers had already called the Heisman race last week, moving Joe Burrow from a -110 favorite to a -550 certainty following LSU’s 46-41 victory over Alabama.

A week after punching the Tigers’ ticket to the College Football Playoff, the LSU senior is now at -2000 after adding five more touchdowns to his resume in a 58-37 win over Mississippi.

Let’s examine the latest odds at BetOnline and look at the three remaining contenders.


Player Current Odds Trending Last Week
Joe Burrow (QB, LSU) -2000 -550
Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma) +900 +1000
Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State) +1000 +1000


Justin Fields has now accounted for 31 passing scores on the season with an additional ten on the ground. The 41 total touchdowns ties the Buckeyes’ dual-threat star with Burrow, who has 38 TDs through the air and another three on foot.

Unfortunately for Fields, Ohio State has had too dominant of a season. If you include Saturday’s 56-21 win over Rutgers where he played only one series after halftime, the sophomore QB has now missed three second halves of football.

When asked where the Heisman race might be if he ever got to play four quarters, here’s what Fields had to say:  “I mean, I can’t control that. I’m just glad I get to go out there and play with my guys, but I have actually thought about that.”

Buckeyes coach Ryan Day also had this to say: “You know, if he’s playing for four quarters, then they’re saying he’s right there for the leader in the Heisman. But because of the situation we’re in, he’s not getting those kind of reps. …. I don’t think those guys should be penalized for that.”


Jalen Hurts threw four touchdown passes to lead Oklahoma back from a three-touchdown halftime deficit against No. 12 Baylor.

You would think Hurts’ late-game heroics against a previously-unbeaten Baylor team would be just the ticket to revive his Heisman candidacy, but the Sooners’ senior is still at +900 after sitting at +250 just two weeks ago.

Hurts has compiled a ridiculous 983 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground with a very respectable 28 TDs and five picks through the air. Do the math and his 43 total scores are more than both Burrow and Fields, but OU’s loss to Kansas State looms large.

Unlike the other two signal callers in the Heisman race (if we can still call it that), Hurts doesn’t play for an undefeated team that will be playing in the College Football Playoff.

Steve Starr

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