2012 Heisman Trophy Futures Odds
The start of another college football season is less than two and half months away, and while the betting public is doing their homework handicapping the odds for which team will win the BCS title, we have been focusing some of our energy on the most popular player prop in the sport; the Heisman Trophy.
The following is a brief look at a few of the top contenders to win college football’s most coveted prize for an individual player along with their odds to win as provided by Bovada.
Matt Barkley- Quarterback, USC 3/1
Barkley decided to follow the same path as another Heisman hopeful, Andrew Luck, by returning for his senior season in hopes of leading his team to a national title. Along with the fact that he is one of the top-rated players in the country on what will be most likely the No.1-ranked team in the country heading into the season, Barkley could be a shoe-in to win this award because of the position he plays. Since 2000, a quarterback has won the Heisman Trophy 10 times in those 12 years.
Montee Ball- Running Back, Wisconsin 5/1
If there ever was a player that could steal the show this season it is Montee Ball. He led the country in rushing in 2011 with 1,923 yards on 307 carries for an average of 6.3 yards an attempt. Throw in the fact that he scored 33 touchdowns on the ground and six more catching the ball, it is hard to find a player more important to his team. If Wisconsin goes on to win the Big Ten and Ball puts up numbers anywhere close to these, you would have to believe there is a ton of value in his odds.
Denard Robinson- Quarterback, Michigan 11/2
Robinson could very well ride the same wave that tipped the scales in Robert Griffin III’s direction to win this award last season given the same overall versatility each player has demonstrated. Robinson completed 55 percent of his passes last season for 2,173 yards and 20 touchdowns, while leading his team in rushing as well with 1,176 yards on 221 attempts and 16 TD’s. Duplicating these numbers alone will not put him in the running as one of the favorites, but if he is able to elevate his game to a higher level, Denard could easily move into that category.
Landry Jones- Quarterback, Oklahoma 7/1
Jones was third in the nation in total passing yards last season with 4,463. Given that the two players ahead of him are hoping to be taking snaps on Sundays this season, the door is wide-open for him to ascend to the top spot. What makes this quarterback a legitimate Heisman hopeful is a completion rate of 63.2 and an almost 2-to-1 ratio of touchdown passes to interceptions. The key to Jones actually winning this award could lie in the Sooners ability to live-up to the reputation as being one of the top programs in the country this season. If Oklahoma, which has been opened at 10/1 to win a national title, seriously contends for one this season, that could be enough to carry Jones to a Heisman.
Geno Smith-Quarterback, West Virginia 15/2
Smith was right behind Jones in total passing yards last season with 4,385 and posted a better completion percentage by connecting on 65.8 percent of his throws. He turned-in a much better touchdown-to-interception ratio with 31 TD’s verse just seven picks. The main thing that could work against his chances is the fact that he plays for West Virginia, which has been opened at 30/1 to win a BCS title. The fact that the Mountaineers will be playing in the Big 12 this season raises their profile, but it also raises their chances of losing quite a few games.
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