Heisman Watch Betting Odds & How Week 1 Could Impact Them
For those players hoping to take home the Heisman Trophy, every game offers another opportunity to impress. For college football betting fans looking to lay action, every week is another chance for odds to fluctuate.
Each week, we will track who’s up, who’s down and, far more important to bettors, how their upcoming games will impact their chances of taking home college football’s ultimate individual prize.
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Latest Heisman Odds
|Trevor Lawrence||+175||Ga. Tech|
|Justin Fields||+1400||Fla Atlantic|
|Jake Fromm||+1800||@ Vanderbilt|
|Jonathan Taylor||+1800||@ South Florida|
All odds via 888Sport and subject to change.
QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Current odds: +175
Season opener: Georgia Tech, Aug. 29
Expected Betting Impact: A conference opener against an opponent featuring a new coach implementing a new system should give Lawrence plenty of opportunities to light up the scoreboard.
While not a cupcake opponent, the Yellow Jackets could be the worst team in the ACC.
Week 1 affords Lawrence the chance to solidify his position as Heisman favorite and perhaps then present bettors with less-favorable odds entering big matchups with Texas A&M and Syracuse over the two weeks that follow.
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Current odds: +225
Season opener: Duke (Atlanta), Aug. 31
Expected Betting Impact: Duke won eight games and a lower-level bowl a year ago, and the program can put up big offensive numbers under head coach David Cutcliffe. While Alabama should win rather easily, it’s easy to envision a scenario where Duke’s offense puts pressure on Tagovailoa (and returning offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian) to air it out to shake the Devils loose.
The Tide doesn’t exactly have a rugged early schedule, so barring upset or injury expect Tagovailoa’s Heisman odds to remain rather steady for the first several weeks of the season.
QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Current odds: +1400
Season opener: Florida Atlantic, Aug. 31
Expected Betting Impact: Important in that it’s the first game in scarlet and gray for the Georgia transfer, who’ll be leading the Buckeyes into a new era under coach Ryan Day. There are a lot of unknowns here, but the Buckeyes face an opponent that affords plenty of margin for error.
Fields doesn’t need to put up Dwayne Haskins-like numbers, at least not yet; the only way this game impact’s Fields’ Heisman odds is if he and/or the Buckeyes suffer a complete disaster against Lane Kiffin’s squad.
QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Current odds: +1400
Season opener: Houston, Sept. 1
Expected Betting Impact: Time to finally see how Hurts fits in at Oklahoma, which runs a system very different from the one the quarterback helmed at Alabama. Hurts has a real chance to improve his Heisman odds in the opener, should he show a seamless transition into coach Lincoln Riley’s offense, and beat an underrated Cougars squad with lots of talented skill players.Houston will try to push the tempo under new coach and Air Raid disciple Dana Holgorsen; Hurts and the Sooners will be expected to keep up.
QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Current odds: +1800
Season opener: at Vanderbilt, Aug. 31
Expected Betting Impact: A rare road opener for the Bulldogs, who should still be backed by lots of fans in Nashville, home of one of the SEC’s worst teams.
Georgia is loaded, and Fromm is talented enough to be a leading Heisman contender, but the question remains just how much the Bulldogs truly feature him an offense with lots of other weapons (including another Heisman candidate, tailback D’Andre Swift). Attempting just 17 or 18 passes against Vandy won’t be a very good sign.
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Current odds: +1800
Season opener: at South Florida, Aug. 30
Expected Betting Impact: Quarterbacks have dominated Heisman voting in the past two decades, and Taylor’s attempt at interrupting that streak begins against a South Florida team that’s riding a six-game losing streak and featured the nation’s eight-worst rushing defense a year ago.
A big effort in Tampa could help Taylor narrow the odds gap between himself and the true Heisman favorites at the top of the list.
QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
Current odds: +2500
Season opener: Auburn (Arlington, Texas), Aug. 31
Expected Betting Impact: Widely viewed as one of the more NFL-ready quarterbacks in America, Herbert passed for 29 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards a season ago.
Pac-12 teams suffer from chronic underexposure problems due to their late kickoffs and wacky TV affiliations, so a big neutral-site opener against a noted SEC defense offers the Ducks quarterback a rare chance to get a lot of attention from people who wouldn’t ordinarily see him play.
Others to Watch
- QB Adrian Martinez, Nebraska (+2000), South Alabama, Aug. 31
- RB Travis Etienne, Clemson (+2200), Georgia Tech, Aug. 29
- RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia (+2200), at Vanderbilt, Aug. 31
- QB Sam Ehlinger, Texas (+2800), Louisiana Tech, Aug. 31
- QB Ian Book, Notre Dame (+4000), at Louisville, Sept. 2.