2015 Heisman Trophy Odds

2015 Heisman Trophy Odds

Before turning the page on football completely and diving head on into basketball, both college and pro, it just makes sense to take a peek at the early Heisman Trophy odds for the upcoming college pigskin season. Marcus Mariota was the consensus favorite prior to the 2014 campaign and ended up winning in a record-breaking landslide. However, the lineup of leading candidates to take home the prize in December 2015 doesn’t feature a clear-cut top choice, which makes it an intriguing list to study. Four Buckeyes, including all three signal-callers? Another USC quarterback? A guy named Chubb? Here’s a look at the extremely premature Heisman odds.

Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State) 6/1 – The way Elliott finished the 2014 season, it should come as little surprise he’s sitting atop the heap in February. Three straight games of 220-plus yards and eight touchdowns against decent defenses makes the would-be junior a legit choice to be a finalist.

Dak Prescott (QB, Miss. St.) 7/1 – Prescott eschewed the NFL to return for his senior season with the Bulldogs. He set 12 school record in his breakout junior year, leading State to 10 wins and the number one ranking. Dual-threat quarterbacks are always attractive to voters, especially if they play in the SEC.

Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU) 7/1 – Rumbled for 1034 yards and ten scores as a freshman for the Tigers. With seniors Terrance Magee and Kenny Hillard gone, Fournette will be the main ball carrier in a run heavy attack.

Trevone Boykin (QB, TCU) 15/2 – Even though TCU went 12-1, culminating in a 42-3 pummeling of Mississippi in the Peach Bowl, the Horned Frogs are still fighting for national recognition. Boykin engineered the nation’s second most potent attack in ’14, and like Prescott, is a pass-run phenom on a playoff contending team.

Cardale Jones (QB, Ohio State) 10/1 – There’s no guarantee Jones will be named starter since both Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett will be back from injuries. That said, he was the man under center during the Buckeyes’ title run. He has the size and confidence, but will he receive enough snaps to be in the running?

Nick Chubb (RB, Georgia) 12/1 – Todd Gurley began 2014 as the star of the Dawgs’ backfield and a Heisman frontrunner. Then he got hurt, again. Enter freshman Nick Chubb, who rushed for 100-plus yards in eight consecutive games, highlighted by 266 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 37-14 Belk Bowl victory over Louisville.

Samaje Perine (RB, Oklahoma) 14/1 – Another freshman runner and FBS record-holder for rushing yards in a game. His 427 yards against Kansas was a sight to behold. At 5’11” 243 lbs, Perine is a bowling ball of power with deceptive speed. He’s definitely one to watch.

Connor Cook (QB, Mich. St.) 20/1 – Another acclaimed signal-caller who wisely decided to stay in school for his senior season. He finished 2014 outdueling Baylor’s Bryce Petty in the Cotton Bowl, and has led the Spartans to 24 wins in the last two years.

Seth Russell (QB, Baylor) 33/1 – Art Briles’ offense makes quarterbacks instant Heisman candidates. Russell tossed for 804 yards and eight touchdowns in mop-up duty, and brings a little bit of juice as a runner.