- BetOnline‘s updated National Championship and Heisman odds have shifted wildly at the top after Trevor Lawrence’s coronavirus diagnosis
- Alabama (+200) and Ohio State are the new National Championship co-favorites after Week 9
- Justin Fields (+150) and Mac Jones (+150) are in a dead heat in the Heisman Trophy race
It’s not every year that a Heisman Trophy favorite on the No. 1 team in college football comes down with a deadly disease but here we are. Trevor Lawrence’s coronavirus diagnosis kept him out of Clemson’s narrow victory over Boston College in Week 9, and the 21-year-old quarterback will also miss next week’s tilt with Notre Dame.
Lawrence’s diagnosis has created a huge shift in both the National Championship odds and the Heisman Trophy race with Alabama (+200) and Ohio State (+200), and their quarterbacks Justin Fields and Mac Jones (+150), now leading the way. Let’s check the latest odds.
2020 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS
|Team||Current Odds||Trending||After Wk 8|
CLEMSON SURVIVES SCARE
After being down 18 points in the first half, freshman quarterback DJ Uiagalelei threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns to rally Clemson (+225) to a 34-28 win over Boston College on Saturday. The Tigers now head to Notre Dame (+2500) in Week 10 for its biggest game of the season. If the Fighting Irish can take advantage of Lawrence’s absence, they suddenly have an excellent shot at making the four-team CFP Semifinal.
While Clemson proved they could win without their star QB, Alabama (+200) did just fine without electric receiver Jaylen Waddle, who was lost to a season-ending ankle injury last week. DeVonta Smith, put up 203 receiving yards and four scores in a 41-0 spanking of Mississippi State.
Dabo went off in the locker room after Clemson came back to beat Boston College 😂😂 @ClemsonFB
(via @DJUiagalelei) pic.twitter.com/EDIEuaGuhU
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 31, 2020
The Crimson Tide will now enjoy a bye before heading to Baton Rouge to face an LSU squad that has already lost three times, including Saturday’s 48-11 defeat at the hands of Auburn.
Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan team suffered its latest disappointment with a 27-24 loss to its rivals in Michigan State, ensuring the Wolverines’ appearance on last week’s National Championship odds board will be its last.
Florida (+2800) and Georgia (+1800) took care of business on Saturday, setting the stage for an enormous Week 10 tilt that will put the winner in pole position for a playoff spot.
2020 HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
|Player (Team)||Current Odds||Trending||After Wk 8|
|Justin Fields (Ohio State QB)||+150||↔||+150|
|Mac Jones (Alabama QB)||+150||↑||+600|
|Trevor Lawrence (Clemson QB)||+225||↓||-120|
|Zach Wilson (BYU QB)||+2800||↑||+3300|
|Devonta Smith (Alabama WR)||+3300||↑||+4000|
|Kyle Trask (Florida QB)||+3300||↔||+3300|
|Najee Harris (Alabama RB)||+4000||↓||+2500|
|Travis Etienne (Clemson RB)||+5000||↓||+2200|
|D’Eriq King (Miami QB)||+6600||↑||N/A|
|Kellen Mond (Texas A&M QB)||+6600||↑||N/A|
JUSTIN FIELDS AND MAC JONES
We implored you to bet Justin Fields at +700 a few weeks back and now the horse has left the barn. After leading his Buckeyes to a 38-25 win over Penn State in Week 9, Fields (+150) has now completed 48-of-55 passes for 594 yards and six touchdowns in his first two games of the season.
Previously, the biggest thing working against the Ohio State quarterback winning the Heisman was that Lawrence was set to play three more games due to the Big Ten’s shortened scheduled.
Justin Fields’ 2020 stats:
48-55 | 594 yards | 6 TD | 0 INT
In. Two. Games. 😰 pic.twitter.com/7cJWvn6dgb
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) November 1, 2020
However, with Clemson’s long-haired god also set to miss next week as well, suddenly voters will have a more apples-to-apples comparison before submitting their vote.
And we can’t forget about Mac Jones (+150). After throwing another four scores against Mississippi State on Saturday, the Crimson Tide junior now has 16 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on the year and is being boasted as the Heisman favorite by 2007 winner Tim Tebow.