Heisman Trophy Odds: Can anybody challenge Tua Tagovailoa?

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Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa is running away with the 2018 Heisman Trophy. | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

This may be hard to believe, but the 2018 college football regular season is almost over. With the end of the season comes conference championships, bowl games, and individual awards. Outside of the trophy given to the winner of the  College Football National Championship Game, the most prestigious piece of hardware in the sport is the Heisman Trophy.

Anyone with any knowledge of the sport knows that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the heavy favorite to take home the Heisman in 2018. While he may be the odds-on favorite at this point, there is still a chance he could slip up and open the door for someone else to make a late run at college football immortality.

With that being said, here is a look at who the Vegas oddsmakers are picking to win the 2018 Heisman Trophy.

Odds courtesy of Bovada as of November 12, 2018. Statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference
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Will Grier, QB, West Virginia (+700)

Grier entered the 2018 season with Heisman aspirations, and the Davidson, N.C. native has not disappointed.

In nine games (WVU had one game cancelled due to Hurricane Florence), Grier has completed 69% of his passes for 2,961 yards, 31 touchdowns, eight interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 180.7. More importantly, though, the former Florida Gator has positioned the Mountaineers to make a run at their first ever appearance in the College Football Playoff.

While his play has not gone unnoticed, Grier will need some drop-off from the two guys in front of him to have a legitimate chance at winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy.

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma (+500)

Murray is set to embark on his career as a professional baseball player following the 2018 college football season. Needless to say, the future Oakland Athletics outfielder has made the most of his only season as Oklahoma’s full-time starting quarterback.

In 10 games, Murray has completed 70.9% of his passes for 3,038 yards, 32 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 212.9. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has also added 640 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

The Sooners currently boast a 9-1 overall record and are in position to make their third College Football Playoff appearance since 2015 — something that would not have been possible without Murray.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (-450)

Tagovailoa burst onto the college football scene last January when he spearheaded Alabama’s second half come from behind win over Georgia in the CFP National Championship Game, and the sophomore out Ewa Beach, Hawaii hasn’t slowed down since.

Tua has simply been the unquestioned best player on the unquestioned best team in college football in 2018. Through 10 games, he has completed 67.9% of his passes for 2,525 yards, 28 touchdowns, two interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 207.7. Tagovailoa has also rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns.

What’s even more amazing about his numbers is the fact that the 20-year-old left-hander has rarely had to keep his foot on the gas pedal into the fourth quarter of Alabama’s game.

Barring a major surprise, Tua will be Alabama’s third Heisman Trophy winner, and the first quarterback in program history to win the prestigious award.

Other names to watch:

  • Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan (+2000)
  • Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (+2500)
  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (+2500)
  • Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State (+5000)
  • McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF (+10000)
  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State (+10000)

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