- Odds to win next season’s Heisman Trophy have been posted
- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a big early favorite
- By betting now you can lock in value for the 2019 season
Kyler Murray surged towards the end of the college football regular season and beat out Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Since it is never too early to look into the crystal ball, what about next year?
Murray will either be with the Oakland A’s, or in the NFL, and Haskins likely will be playing pro football. That leaves Tua as the favorite, but there are plenty of good options to ponder.
Let’s look at the early candidates, their odds, and see if what value we can find.
2019 Heisman Trophy
|Heisman Trophy Candidates||MyBookie Odds|
|Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)||+200|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)||+550|
|Jake Fromm (Georgia)||+650|
|Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)||+700|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson)||+800|
|D’Andre Swift (Georgia)||+800|
|Sam Ehlinger (Texas)||+900|
|Tate Martell (Ohio State)||+1100|
|Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)||+1100|
|Rondale Moore (Purdue)||+1600|
|Shea Patterson (Michigan)||+1600|
|AJ Dillon (Boston College)||+1600|
The Favorite: Tua Tagovailoa
There is a pretty strong argument to be made that Tagovailoa should have won the award this year. He posted outstanding numbers, 37 passing touchdowns and four interceptions with over 3,300 yards through the air, while sitting out many third and fourth quarters.
He will be the centerpiece player for one of the best teams in the country next year. He could also garner support because some voters think he just got robbed. However, his price suggests a 33-percent chance of winning, hard to swallow a year out.
Top Challenger: Trevor Lawrence
There is tremendous value on Lawrence right now. Like Tua, he plays for a perennial contender, and some feel that he is the most NFL ready quarterback in a generation.
He took over Clemson’s signal caller duties four games into the season, and threw for over 2,600 yards with 24 scores and four interceptions. He is only going to get better, and the Tigers will be among the nation’s best teams.
Price Play: Sam Ehlinger
As a freshman Ehlinger led Texas to a 7-6 record. This year he helped Tom Herman’s team to a 9-4 mark, beat Oklahoma once and played a respectable four quarters against them in the Big XII Championship Game, earning a berth in the Sugar Bowl. He took huge strides from his first year to his second, and another such jump will put him squarely in the Heisman discussion.
If Texas takes steps forward, and with Murray leaving Norman, the Horns have a chance to become the best team in their league. Ehlinger passed for 3,123 yards with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2018. He has some Tim Tebow in his game too, rushing for 13 scores 418 yards this year. The price is right if you think there is going to be a lot of Hook ’ems in 2019.