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Heisman Trophy Odds, Pick, Prediction, Dark Horse for 2016 College Football Season

July 2016

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We’re less than eight weeks away from the 2016 college football season, so you should be doing your homework now. One of the things you can hope to make money on are Heisman trophy odds. You have the potential to land a monster payday if you can pick the winner of this award before the season begins. Remember, Derrick Henry, Johnny Manziel, RG3 and Jameis Winston weren’t anywhere close to be the favorites when they won the award.

Here are five Heisman trophy candidates to consider when putting together your college football futures card.

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Heisman Trophy Odds, Pick, Prediction, Dark Horse for 2016 College Football Season


Leonard Fournette, LSU - You can get Leonard Fournette with odds of +850, which is quite large considering he should have been invited to New York last season. Fournette was first in college football last season with an average of 162 rushing yards per game, and that was playing on an offense that was 108th in passing yards. Fournette is easily the best running back in the country and may be the best player overall. A chance to make 8.5 times your money with a guy you know is going to show up every week is a bet you can’t pass up.

Christian McCaffrey, Stanford - You could make an argument that Christian McCaffrey should have won the Heisman last season. We’re talking about a running back that topped 2,000 rushing yards while producing 645 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Overall, McCaffrey’s 2,664 yards from scrimmage were the most in college football last season. Oh, McCaffrey also had more than 1,000 yards on kick returns and averaged nearly nine yards per punt return. McCaffrey does everything for the Stanford Cardinal, and if he can come anywhere close to last seasons production, he’ll be your 2016 Heisman winner. I like McCaffrey and his odds of +675.

Brad Kaaya, Miami - If you’re looking for a nice little dark horse, Brad Kaaya may be your guy with odds of +4500. Kaaya finished 26th last season with an average of nearly 270 passing yards per game, and he had 39 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Kaaya has a chance to play himself into the first round of the NFL draft as he enters his junior season, and I really like his upside. The Hurricanes will also have a healthy playmaker at wide receiver in Stacy Coley. There’s breakout potential here, and if you’re a fan of potential and guys coming out of nowhere like we’ve seen recently, Kaaya is your guy.

Greg Ward, Jr., Houston - Not sure why you can get Greg Ward, Jr. with odds of +5500, but I’m not asking any questions. Last season, Ward threw for more than 2,800 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for more than 1,100 yards and 21 touchdowns. Ward helped put Houston football on the map and nearly led the Cougars to an undefeated record. The one downside with Ward is that he plays in the American and doesn’t have many quality opponents, which not only results in less eyeballs, but it also limits his chances to give voters that Heisman moment. Still, Ward is one of the more exciting players in college football and has his top-five receivers returning. I’ll take a stab with those crazy odds.

Josh Rosen, UCLA - As a freshman last season, Josh Rosen was 19th in the country in passing yards with 3,669 and had five passing touchdowns in his final three games. Rosen has ridiculous potential and is already getting serious attention from NFL scouts despite having just one season under his belt. If Rosen can just clean up his sloppy turnovers at times, the kid has the ability to be one of the top quarterbacks in the country this season. The fact he plays for UCLA just makes thing even better for your bet. Keep in mind that the UCLA Bruins start the season on the road against Texas A&M. If Rosen gets off to a strong start and the Bruins win, a wager with +2300 would be off to a strong start.

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