Last year, history was made in college football betting, as a freshman, QB Johnny Manziel became the first, first-year player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Will Manziel repeat as the Heisman Trophy champ? Today, we’re taking a look at all of the top contenders for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M Aggies (4/1) – Manziel is understandably the favorite to win the Heisman again. He did all sorts of things last year that no quarterback has ever done in college football, and now, he can become a rare sophomore to win the honor and become the second man in NCAA football history to win the Heisman twice, joining RB Archie Griffin from decades ago. Manziel rushed for 1,410 yards and 21 TDs, numbers that would have made him a Heisman candidate by itself. Then he added 3,706 passing yards and 26 more scores. And oh yes, he went into Tuscaloosa and became the only quarterback to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide and posted a 10-2 record in the SEC with his only losses coming against the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers.
QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes (6/1) – We’re really not all that crazy about backing Miller, but we know that he is going to be a trendy Heisman Trophy pick this year. Miller is the quarterback for the best team in the Big Ten, and there is no reason to think that he isn’t going to at least challenge to run the table for the second straight season even though the conference really isn’t the best in the land by any stretch of the imagination. Miller’s problem is that he has the exact same skill set that Manziel has, and he isn’t going to put up the numbers as a passer than Manziel will. Last year (granted, in one fewer game), Miller threw for 2,039 yards and 15 TDs and rushed for 1,271 yards and 13 scores. Even going undefeated probably isn’t going to cut it for Miller. He really is going to have to put up significantly better numbers than Manziel to challenge him.
WR Marqise Lee, USC Trojans (9/1) – If Lee couldn’t even make it as a Heisman Trophy finalist this year, we have a hard time believing that he is going to do it next year. He caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 TDs, and he also had 867 total return yards on the campaign as well. We just can’t picture him doing more than that this year. Remember that QB Matt Barkley isn’t the quarterback for this team any longer. QB Max Wittek is, and unless he is going to be a whole heck of a lot better than he was in the first two starts of his career, it could be a long year for the Men of Troy. USC has to be awfully good next year, and Lee has to go for over 2,000 yards to even think about the Heisman Trophy in all likelihood.
QB AJ McCarron, Alabama Crimson Tide (10/1) – Why not? What else does McCarron have to do with the Crimson Tide? He has a pair of National Championships under his belt, along with an SEC Championship. Sure, an undefeated season would be nice to pull off, but aside from that, the only thing that is left to claim is the Heisman Trophy. The senior isn’t going to be expected to put up huge numbers this year, and it is going to take Miller’s Buckeyes losing a game or two and Manziel having a down season to get there, but if that happens, McCarron could be the man to get the job done. The Alabama quarterback threw 30 TDs against just three picks for the whole season, but he only threw for 2,933 yards. Numbers like that aren’t likely to get the job done in all likelihood.
QB Aaron Murray, Georgia Bulldogs (10/1) – Murray already owns all of the records at the University of Georgia for passing, and whatever he didn’t break last year as a junior, he’ll do so as a senior, assuming that he stays healthy. It’s going to be tough for the Dawgs to once again contend for the BCS National Championship, but if they do, it is likely going to be because of their offense, which is returning a ton of players. Murray only threw 385 passes last year, but he threw for 3,885 yards and 36 TDs. Those are the types of numbers that he is going to have to amass once again if he is going to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.
2013 Heisman Trophy Betting Odds at Bovada Sportsbook
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 4/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 7/1
Marqise Lee (WR USC) 9/1
AJ McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 10/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 12/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 12/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 12/1
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 12/1
TJ Yeldon (RB Alabama) 15/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 15/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 15/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 18/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 20/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 20/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 22/1
Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame) 22/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 25/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 33/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 33/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 33/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 40/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 40/1
Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.