- 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.
2019 NCAA HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
|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|
CHASE YOUNG’S ON THE RISE
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.
The case for Ohio State DE Chase Young to be in the 2019 Heisman debate pic.twitter.com/nKJASI0jNe
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) November 2, 2019
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.
Memo to Jets: Chase Young. https://t.co/qT9q7Vm7BB
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) November 5, 2019
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.
PLACE YOUR BETS ON TUA TAGOVAILOA
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.
WATCH: Moments ago, #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa at practice jogging, planting on wrapped right leg, and making throws. Nick Saban said he will be on snap count at practice and game time decision for Saturday. #RollTide #LSU @CBS_42 pic.twitter.com/OnVinJcff3
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) November 4, 2019
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.