College Football 2018 Preview: Heisman Trophy Betting Odds, Picks, Predictions
Heisman Trophy Betting Options For 2018 College Football
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As you start doing your homework for the 2018 college football season and look at future betting options, you should also be considering some Heisman Trophy bets as well. Betting the Heisman has proven to be quite profitable over the years, as recent winners have often been guys who weren’t exactly favorites heading into the season. I’m going to stick to that trend and consider some of the dark horses worth taking a shot on before the season begins.
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Will Grier, West Virginia - Will Grier played only 11 games last season, and he finished 20th in the country with 3,490 passing yards and eighth with 34 touchdown passes. With one of the more talented wide receiver duos in the country returning, West Virginia is simply loaded offensively. It’s the reason why I’m looking at the Mountaineers as a national championship bet and Grier as an option for the Heisman with +2000 odds. We saw last year with Baker Mayfield and previously with Lamar Jackson, quarterbacks who put up gaudy stats are a popular choice for this award. Assuming he stays healthy, Grier is going to be a statistic machine this season and will get an invite to New York.
Khalil Tate, Arizona - Have an idea who led college football last season with a 9.22 average rushing yards per attempt? Khalil Tate. He played 11 games last year, rushing for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,591 yards and 14 scores. Keep in mind Tate was thrown into the starting position on the road against Colorado and never looked back. Now with a full offseason to prepare and games under his belt, you can expect him to be even better. Tate has that Lamar Jackson feel to him and can take college football by storm with countless highlights. It’s just a matter of the media actually watching west coast games. Either way, Tate and +1600 odds is worth a bet for the Heisman.
Bryce Love, Stanford - Bryce Love finished runner-up for the Heisman last year, which means he’s on everybody’s radar this season and is key to getting attention out the gate. Love finished second in the country last year with 2,118 yards and his 19 rushing touchdowns was fifth in the nation. Keep in mind that Love finished a chunk of the end of the season banged up, often limping on and off the field between plays, and he still couldn’t be stopped. Defenses know Love is the first, second and third option of this Stanford offense, and he’s still averaging 7.8 yards per carry for his career. If he comes close to last years production, he’s becoming the fourth running back to win the Heisman since 2000. Give me Love and +900 odds.
Shea Patterson, Michigan - Some schools get more national attention than others, and while the Michigan Wolverines haven’t accomplished much over the last decade, they’re still one of those schools. Most things Michigan does is shoved down your throat and everybody is itching for this program to have that breakthrough year. Shea Patterson is coming off a season with Ole Miss in which he completed almost 64 percent of his passes for over 2,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s a really talented kid and should thrive with a Michigan offense that has better athletes across the board. Michigan also starts on the road against Notre Dame, and if Patterson has a big game in a winning effort, you can bet he’ll be one of the favorites for this award heading into Week 2. Patterson and +3300 odds right now is a solid bet.
Trace McSorley, Penn State - The fact you can get Trace McSorley, the most complete quarterback in the country, at +2700 odds to win the Heisman, is a steal. Yes, the Nittany Lions don’t have Saquon Barkley this year, but McSorley is simply a winner who has combined for 7,184 passing yards and 57 touchdown passes the last two seasons. He also rushed for 11 touchdowns last season. Now that he’ll have even more chances to throw the ball and won’t be handcuffed to a star running back, don’t be surprised when McSorley has his best season yet in Happy Valley. Penn State also has a chance to win the Big Ten this year, and gets Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin at home. Make this bet now. Those odds won’t be there later in the season.