Heisman Trophy 2015: Prediction, Odds, Preview, Dark Horse
2015 College Football Season
August 6, 2015
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Besides throwing in your future bets for who wins the college football national championship and conferences, it can also be profitable to put something down on Heisman trophy odds. The last several years have produced some serious dark horse winners such as Robert Griffin III, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston.
Here are some long shot guys you should consider this season.
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James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Panthers - My favorite long shot on the board is James Conner with odds of +7500. We’re talking about a running back who had more than 1,700 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Conner topped 200 rushing yards three times last season and scored two or more touchdowns eight times. Bottom line, if Pittsburgh didn’t lose six regular season games, he would have gotten an invite to New York. Conner is an unstoppable force and is likely going to have another highly productive season. If Pittsburgh can compete in the ACC, you’ll have a shot to cash a big boy bet.
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State Nittany Lions - Yes, Christian Hackenberg has completed less than 60 percent of his passes in each of his first two seasons and has thrown 25 interceptions. However, there’s a reason this guy is getting a ton of love from NFL draft scouts. Hackenberg has all of the tools to be an elite quarterback, but he needs an offensive line that can block more than a prank phone call. Hackenberg was sacked 44 times last season, which is brutal. With an experienced OL for once and some decent weapons around him, Hackenberg has a shot to be that surprise QB who makes a run at the Heisman. I like the odds of +9000.
Malik Zaire, QB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame, quarterback, Heisman. Those three things go together considering the Irish have produced four signal callers who have won the award. Malik Zaire is the next guy who will benefit from a ton of national TV time and media exposure, which certainly helps in a Heisman campaign. Zaire was a highly recruited player who will finally get his shot to start full time. Shoot, the only real time we saw Zaire, he was carving LSU up for two total touchdowns and an 80 percent completion percentage on 15 passes. Get odds of +4250 while you still can.
Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina Tar Heels - My dark horse of dark horses would be Marquise Williams, who is bringing in odds of +17500. Williams has improved each season he’s been with North Carolina, and that includes last season in which he combined for 34 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 63.1 percent. Flat out, Williams can play with just about any quarterback in the country and his 36 passing touchdowns the last two years prove that. If the Tar Heels are going to be the sleeper contender in the ACC that many expect, these odds can get really, really interesting.
Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU Horned Frogs - If you want my realistic pick and an honest chance to make money, Trevone Boykin is the favorite for a reason. Oddsmakers got it right. Boykin is the best quarterback in the country and is once again going to put up video game numbers with everybody for TCU returning. It may not be the sexy, flashy pick, but you can get odds with Boykin at +770, which is still quite profitable. Making more than seven times my money with the best QB in the country is a no-brainer.