Heisman Trophy Update (as of 10/13/10)
Here at Bang the Book, we are beginning our update for the Heisman Trophy odds on a weekly basis. Here is our first look through six weeks of play at some of the favorites as well as the odds to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy that can be found below…
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State Buckeyes: It shouldn’t really come as a huge surprise that Pryor immediately became the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in a week in which most of the top favorites ended up in the losing end of games. Pryor had a fantastic game through the air, going 24-of-30 for 334 yards with three TDs and no picks. He now has a whopping 15 TDs against three INTs on the season, and all of a sudden, if you prorate Pryor’s numbers out over a 12 game season, he would throw for 2,700 yards and 30 touchdowns. If those aren’t Heisman Trophy numbers for a man playing on the No. 1 team in America, we don’t know what is.
Kellen Moore, Boise State Broncos: Moore had his fourth straight game with at least ten yards per attempt last week when he threw for 267 yards and three scores in a 57-14 against the Toledo Rockets. It was the third straight game with three scores and no INTs, leaving Moore in a real position to sneak into the Heisman Trophy finale. Moore has just one pick this season, as he once again is one of the most efficient signal callers in the land. The Broncos need a little more help to make it to the BCS Championship Game, and Moore might need that same amount of help to become the Heisman Trophy favorite.
LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks: It’s amazing to think that James is second in the country in rushing yards at 868 in spite of the fact that he was suspended for the first game of the season against the New Mexico Lobos. In just five games this year, he has five 100+ yard games, two of which went over 220 yards. He has ten combined TDs on the season and has made it to pay dirt at least once in all five of his games. Brent Musberger guaranteed that James would be in the Heisman discussion when it was said and done, and we’d be very, very surprised if he didn’t ultimately turn out to be right.
Denard Robinson, Michigan Wolverines: Robinson had a disastrous game on Saturday afternoon against the Michigan State Spartans, and even though he still leads the nation in rushing at 991 yards, he isn’t going to end up as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy unless Big Blue is winning games. The Wolverines’ signal caller threw three picks last week, and he just barely made it to 300+ yards in total between rushing and passing, something that was just a given prior to the defeat. Robinson badly needs to pick it back up again this week against the Iowa Hawkeyes, or he is going to end up being off of this list as a Heisman hopeful.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska Cornhuskers: A freshman has never won the Heisman Trophy, and though we don’t ultimately think that Martinez will be the exception to the rule, for the time being, it is hard to argue against him. Martinez has rushed for 737 yards, and fifth most in the country, to go with 660 passing yards. The problem is that he really hasn’t run up against a solid defense yet, something that is going to change down the stretch in the Big XII, starting this week with the Texas Longhorns, but if somehow, Martinez can figure out how to pull this one off, he will serve a lot of notice to the rest of the country that he indeed has the ability to win the Heisman Trophy.
Mark Ingram, Alabama Crimson Tide: Ingram’s stock fell like a rock last week when he couldn’t even get to the 50 yard barrier against the South Carolina Gamecocks. It wasn’t totally his fault though, as he really didn’t have a chance to get going after watching the Tide fall into a 21-0 hole in a hurry. The good news for Ingram is that he is still the best player on potentially the best team in the nation, and he is going to have a number of chances to blow away the SEC’s best, and it is only going to take one tremendous game to get him back into the fold.
Odds to Win 2010 Heisman Trophy at BetMania (as of 10/13/10)
Terrelle Pryor +300
Kellen Moore +600
LaMichael James +750
Denard Robinson +750
Taylor Martinez +750
Mark Ingram +900
Cam Newton +925
Andrew Luck +1100
Ryan Mallett +1700
Landry Jones +2800
DeMarco Murray +5500
John Clay +5500
Noel Devine +15000