In the world of college football, one postseason award stands above the rest: the Heisman Trophy. Last season, the prestigious honor went to former Oklahoma quarterback — and eventual No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft — Baker Mayfield. This year, well, let’s just say the award is officially up for grabs.
As the 2018 college football season moves along, we expect plenty of names to enter — and fall out of — the Heisman race. However, as it currently stands, these players are the odds-on favorites to strike the famous pose in 2018.
Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag as of July 17, 2018.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State (+1400)
As the backup to quarterback J.T. Barrett in 2017, Dwayne Haskins saw very little time under center. However, in limited duty, the then-freshman showed promise, completing 70.2% of his passes for four touchdowns and one interception. If Haskins puts together a big 2018 season — he’ll have to first win the starting role, obviously — the Ohio State signal will definitely be in the Heisman conversation.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (+1000)
It’s not every day a person becomes a household name in just one half of football. However, when you’re down 13-0 to Georgia in the CFP national championship game and lead Alabama to a comeback OT victory after Nick Saban pulls you off the bench at halftime, hands you the ball, and essentially says, “go win this thing for me,” it’s safe to say all bets are off. Did we forget to mention that Tagovailoa was a true freshman at the time? Simply put, this kid’s a star.
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin (+800)
Wisconsin running backs have a history of putting up big numbers. In 2017, Jonathan Taylor did just that, rushing for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns on 299 carries and finishing with 2,072 total yards from scrimmage. With a repeat performance in 2018, Taylor should find himself among the Heisman finalists.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford (+500)
Bryce Love finished second in the Heisman voting in 2017 — and for good reason. In his junior campaign, the Stanford running back — and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year — amassed 2,118 yards on the ground and 19 rushing scores. As we look ahead to a new season, it makes perfect sense that Love is considered the man to beat.
Other names to watch:
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (+1500)
- Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona (+1500)
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (+1500)
- Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State (+1600)
Statistics courtesy of SR-College Football.
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