2014 Heisman Trophy: Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses
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With the 2014 college football season right around the corner, now is a good time to start looking at the Heisman Trophy odds and seeing who provides a little bang for the buck. If you were to throw some money on Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston even in the middle of the season to win the award, you would have made a killing. Considering only one player has ever won the award twice, let’s cancel Winston off this list and start looking at some of the smaller names who provide greater value.
Here are some names you should consider and possibly include on your card before the college football season begins.
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Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State – The last two winners have been quarterbacks you weren’t too familiar with in the beginning of the season. Why not go for a third? Prescott has the elite skill set that makes him a threat to kill defenses with his arms or legs. Despite seeing off-and-on playing time last year, he still threw for close to 2,000 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for more than 800 yards. Prescott is now the full-time starter and has the difficult SEC West schedule that could put his campaign over the top if he fulfills expectations. You’re not going to get better odds of +3500. Trust me, they will go down once the season starts.
Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma – Two Oklahoma quarterbacks have won the Heisman since 2003, and Knight has a solid chance of adding to that resume. Despite a shaky first year under center, Knight finished his season with 348 passing yards and four touchdowns in the shocking bowl victory over Alabama. If that type of performance carries over to this season, you can write the kids name on the trophy right now. Knight is a playmaker who started to get in a groove later in the season and seems more comfortable in the offense. He also has weak Big 12 defenses that he can carve apart and pad those gaudy stats voters love so much. It’s hard to beat odds of +2500.
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA – As a freshman last season, Jack ran for 267 yards and seven touchdowns, while racking up 76 tackles and two interceptions on defense. The two-way player often wouldn’t see a rest during the action for quite some time and reminds you of one of those old school players who never came off the field. The problem with Jack is that his offensive explosion didn’t take place until late in the season, making his efforts not good enough for the award. However, if he can start out of the gate the way he finished last year, there’s no reason why he can’t win the Heisman. Jack comes with odds of +3500, which makes him a fun play that could actually fatten your pockets.
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia – There’s no running back in the country better than Gurley. You’re talking about somebody who rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns while missing three games due to injury. Now, Georgia no longer has Aaron Murray at quarterback, which means Gurley is likely going to carry the offensive load even more. Gurley has the ability to rush for close to 2,000 yards if he stays healthy and gets the work load I expect. If he can put up those numbers against SEC defenses, nobody is taking the award from him. Gurley is well worth some money with odds of +1200.
Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame – Golson is the quarterback of Notre Dame. Do I need to say anymore? Just him having an above-average season is going to get him Heisman consideration. That makes odds of +2500 an absolute steal.