Heisman Trophy Update (as of 11/17/10)
Here at Bang the Book, we are continuing our look at the Heisman Trophy odds. Here is a glance through 11 weeks of play at some of the favorites as well as the odds to win the 2010 Heisman Trophy that can be found below…
Cam Newton, Auburn Tigers -500: The three horse race that has become the Heisman Trophy betting odds really would only be a one horse race at this point if Newton wasn’t facing an NCAA investigation as he continues his junior season. There is still a major question mark whether the Newton family accepted money from the university or from its boosters, and if that is the case, this is a direct violation that can get Newton suspended and have a potentially perfect season stripped from the record books. Still, for as long as Newton is playing, he is the best that there is in the country. No man has put up more dynamic numbers this season across the board than has the transfer from the University of Florida. Over the course of the year, Newton has had eight games with at least two TD passes and hasn’t had a game this year in which he didn’t account for at least 14 points. He has five games of at least 200 passing yards and six with at least 150 rushing yards. In total, passing for 2,038 yards and rushing for 1,297 more puts the Tigers’ signal caller in an elite group of players, as he is really only joined by Michigan’s QB Denard Robinson, a former Heisman Trophy candidate in his own right, with these types of stats.
LaMichael James, Oregon Ducks, +350: It almost seems like a miracle when James doesn’t find his way into the end zone on a drive. He has put together 17 rushing TDs this year, and that includes putting up a dud performance against the Cal Golden Bears last week. The sophomore has rushed for at least 91 yards in all nine of his games this year, and he is still leading the nation in rushing with 1,422 yards in spite of the fact that he was suspended for the first game of the campaign. Simply put, this is the best running back in the game right now, and it is absolutely frightening to think that he is just a sophomore. If James were to stay at the U of O for all four years, he would legitimately threaten rushing for 7,500 yards. He’ll have fairly close to 3,500 after just two seasons, as this could be a 2,000 yard campaign with three more games approaching the 200 yard barrier. Think he can’t do it? Ask the Portland State Vikings, the Stanford Cardinal, and the USC Trojans, whom all allowed at least two bills to the great James.
Kellen Moore, Boise State Broncos, +700: It seems as though Moore is going to be the first Heisman Trophy finalist in the history of the Boise State program, especially if the team does run the table and go to a BCS bowl game, whether that bowl is the BCS Championship Game or not. This is going to be the third straight year in which Moore has thrown for at least 3,400 yards assuming that he throws for at least 203 yards per game in his final four games of the season. Though Moore only threw for 216 yards last week and has been kept to 231 yards or fewer four times this year, he has thrown either two or three TDs in every single one of his games. It’s also going to be awfully hard to deny a man that can legitimate break a lot of passing records next season should he come back for his senior season and keep up at this type of pace. Prorated over another 17 games, which would be what is left in Moore’s career, he would have thrown for right around 14,500 yards and approximately 110 TDs. Add that into the fact that no one has been able to stop the Broncos’ offense all season long, and there’s a great reason why Moore is going to be considered a front runner to win this illustrious prize if Newton is taken out of the mix.