Jalen Hurts Heisman Odds Jump to Second in Tightening Race
Oklahoma senior quarterback Jalen Hurts made good on preseason hype in Saturday’s blowout win over Texas Tech and issued a strong Heisman Trophy campaign statement in the process.
The Alabama transfer began the season with futures odds around +2000 and moved to second-favorite behind current Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as the college football betting season hits Week 6. Hurts is now +300 at 888sport and DraftKings while Tagovailoa remains a slight favorite at +200.
FanDuel went even further after Hurts’ electric afternoon and now lists he and Tagovailoa even atop the board at +300. You can compare the latest Heisman odds here.
Hurts had a bunch of explosive plays that quickly popped up on social media as he completed 17 of 24 passes for 415 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Sooners’ 55-16 home win over Texas Tech. He added 70 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground and was on pace to surpass 500 total yards before being pulled in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Hurts put on a clinic against Texas Tech:— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 28, 2019
17/24 for 415 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
9 carries for 70 yards, 1 TD
Dropped a career-high 308 passing yards in 1st half in eventual 55-16 win
Where is he on your Heisman rankings? pic.twitter.com/Bwbh3H8efE
Those are the big five names for now with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence almost completely out of the picture following a near-loss to UNC (+2800).
Hurts Odds Should Keep Rising With Soft Schedule
It’s tough to argue with Hurts’ numbers through four games. The Sooners are 3-1 against the spread and have the nation’s second-best scoring offense at 55.5 points per game. Hurts has 1,738 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns.
The question is Hurts’ competition. Of the three FBS opponents he has faced, Houston and UCLA are ranked 121st and 127th in total defense and Texas Tech is 66th. Another Swiss cheese defense is on deck this week at Kansas, with the Jayhawks ranked 98th nationally allowing 424.4 yards per game.
Alabama is off Saturday, so it’s highly possible Hurts will be the Heisman front-runner next week. In terms of futures betting, that means his value at +300 will likely decline with another big week at Kansas against a soft defense.
Oklahoma’s Oct. 12 game in Dallas against No. 12-ranked Texas will put Hurts in the national spotlight and provide another opportunity to shine, though the Longhorns are ranked No. 102 in the nation in total defense.
Hurts won’t face a top-50 defense until Nov. 16 at Baylor, at which point he could be a big Heisman favorite given the soft schedule. The Sooners are 4-0 and the former Crimson Tide signal-caller looks more than capable of taking them to the College Football Playoff.
If all goes as expected, those +300 odds could seem like a bargain in a few weeks.