We go into each college football season trying to figure out what teams are title contenders. We also like to predict which players will be in the running for the Heisman Trophy. Trying to figure out which player is going to emerge is no easy task.
The obvious thing we do is focus on the top players coming back. Especially those who received attention for the award the previous season. While it makes sense, these players typically don’t end up winning. Why? The expectations are going to be even higher now that we have seen them play. More times than not, it’s the player who comes out of nowhere that steals our attention.
We also like to look for players in elite programs who will be taking on a bigger role due to a player departing. For example, whoever is the starting running back for Alabama is going to get attention. It doesn’t matter if it’s a player coming back or freshmen who has never seen the field.
Why do we focus on elite programs? That’s because there is a bias here when it comes to the voting. Players who put up big numbers on bad teams don’t get near the love as a players with similar or worse numbers on a national contender. Even if the player on the crap team is the best player in the country, chances are he won’t win.
Even when we know what players to lock in on, we just never really know. The unpredictability is what makes this award so great.
2019 Heisman Favorite, Front Runners & Latest Candidates to Win Trophy
Here’s an updated look at the 2019 Heisman odds as we approach Week 13 action.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has went from being a Heisman hopeful to basically having the award wrapped up a week before Thanksgiving is even here. Burrow was listed at +5000 to win back in the middle of August. He was still at +2000 in early September, but by the end of the month was down to +300. You could have still got Burrow at -110 to open November, but now he’s a massive favorite at -1200.
The only two players the books are even giving a shot to overtake Burrow are Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. These two were both at +700 going into last week, but now it’s Fields at +600 and Hurts back at +1100.
Heisman Predictions – Pick to Win
Winner: Joe Burrow (QB, LSU) -1200
At this point there’s really not a lot you can do with this prop, unless you got a massive bankroll and are willing to rick laying ridiculous juice. You would have to risk $10,000 just to get $1,000 back in profits. With that said, it feels like Burrow wrapped up this award when he guided LSU to win over Alabama. Not to take anything away from Hurts or Fields, but I don’t think there’s much they can do to top that.
Updated Vegas Betting Odds on Who Will Win Heisman Trophy This Year
|Player||Current Odds||Implied Probability|
|Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)||-1200||92.31%|
|Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)||+600||14.29%|
|Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma)||+1100||8.33%|
|Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)||+7500||1.32%|
|Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson)||+10000||0.99%|
|Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)||-950||-110||-110||+125||+260||+325||+400||+300||+450||+750||+2000||+5000|
|Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)||+700||+750||+550||+900||+1000||+1000||+550||+1000||+1100||+1300||+1600|
|Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma)||+700||+250||+250||+190||+300||+325||+225||+350||+300||+600||+900||+1000||+900||+3000|
|Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)||+7000||+5000||+3500||+1400||+1100||+900||+950||+1400||+1200||+1200||+2800||+3000||+1700||+900|
|Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson)||+20000||+15000||+10000||+9000||+8000||+5000||+5000||+1500||+750||+300||+260||+260||+260||+300|
|Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Alabama)||+2000||+375||+400||+400||+115||+120||+225||+275||+275||+400||+270||+260||+260||+350|
|J.K. Dobbins (RB, Ohio State)||+10000||+8000||+5000||+8000||+10000||+10000||+5000||+5000||+6000||+8000||+6000|
|D’Andre Swift (RB, Georgia)||+10000||+10000||+10000||+10000||+10000||+4500||+4000||+2500||+3000||+2500||+1400||+2500||+1700||+950|
|Jerry Jeudy (WR, Alabama)||+10000||+25000||+5000||+6600||+10000||+12500||+8000||+3000||+5000||+5000||+4000||+6000||+3500||+1400|
|Chase Young (DE, Ohio State)||+12500||+950||+800|
|Justin Herbert (QB,Oregon)||+12500||+10000||+8000||+6600||+7500||+10000||+5000||+3000||+2500||+2500||+2800||+1600||+2200|
|Ian Book (QB, Notre Dame)||+15000||+100000||+25000||+10000||+15000||+20000||+15000||+5000||+10000||+6600||+5000||+4000||+3000|
|Shea Patterson (QB, Michigan)||+20000||+12500||+12500||+15000||+10000||+30000||+10000||+6600||+5000||+2200||+2500||+2600||+2000|
|Sam Ehlinger (QB, Texas)||+10000||+6600||+10000||+4000||+3000||+2200||+2500||+2500||+1800||+1500||+2000||+1000|
|Jake Fromm (QB, Georgia)||+12500||+90000||+7000||+3000||+2000||+1600||+1400||+1600||+1200||+1400||+1400||+850|
|Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson)||+15000||+15000||+9000||+10000||+10000||+10000||+5000||+3000||+2000||+2500||+3000||+2000||+950|
|Kelly Bryant (QB, Missouri)||+10000||+10000||+15000||+10000||+15000||+12500||+10000||+5000||+12500||+7500||+6500||+4000|
|Bo Nix (QB, Auburn)||+9000||+10000||+20000||+12500||+8000||+10000||+8000||+6600|
|A.J. Dillon (RB, Boston College)||+20000||+20000||+30000||+20000||+15000||+8000||+6600||+10000||+5000||+7500||+2000|
|Kellen Mond (QB, Texas A&M)||+15000||+20000||+15000||+6600||+6600|
|Rondale Moore (WR, Purdue)||+20000||+25000||+10000||+10000||+8000||+8000||+6000||+5000||+2000|
|Adrian Martinez (QB, Nebraska)||+10000||+10000||+5000||+5500||+1300||+1200||+3000|
|Eno Benjamin (RB, Arizona State)||+20000||+10000||+6000||+10000||+8000||+6500||+3000|
|Austin Kendall (QB, Oklahoma)||+25000||+10000||+6000||+7500||+7500||+3500||+1400|
|Najee Harris (RB, Alabama)||+25000||+10000||+6600||+5000||+3000||+3000|
|Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson)||+6600||+3000||+6600||+8000||+3500|
|D’Eriq King (QB, Houston)||+10000||+6600||+5000||+2500||+6500||+4000|
|K.J. Costello (QB, Stanford)||+10000||+8000||+8000||+10000||+6000||+3000|
|Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR, Colorado||+10000||+10000||+20000||+10000|
|Khalil Tate (QB, Arizona)||+4000||+6000||+6500||+4000|
|Tylan Wallace (WR, Oklahoma State)||+20000||+10000||+8500|
More College Football Futures & Odds
It’s no secret that the winner of the Heisman is often the best player on the best team in the country. Before placing any wagers on this future, check out our National Championship Odds.
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Heisman History – Invitees, Standings, Voting Polls & Past Champions
List of Finalists Invited to Heisman Ceremony in 2019
- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Voting Poll Standings Last 5 Years
|1st||Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)||Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)||Lamar Jackson (Louisville)||Derrick Henry (Alabama)||Marcus Mariota (Oregon)|
|2nd||Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)||Bryce Love (Stanford)||Deshaun Watson (Clemson)||Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)||Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)|
|3rd||Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)||Lamar Jackson (Louisville)||Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)||Deshaun Watson (Clemson)||Amari Cooper (Alabama)|
|4th||Will Grier (West Virginia)||Saquon Barkley (Penn St)||Dede WestBrook (Oklahoma)||Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)||Trevone Boykin (TCU)|
|5th||Gardner Minshew (Washington State)||Rashaad Penny (San Diego St)||Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)||Keenan Reynolds (Navy)||J.T. Barrett (Ohio State)|
Every Player Who has Won the Heisman Award
|2013||Jameis Winston||Florida State|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State|
|2000||Chris Weinke||Florida State|
|1995||Eddie George||Ohio State|
|1993||Charlie Ward||Florida State|
|1992||Gino Torretta||Miami (FL)|
|1988||Barry Sanders||Oklahoma State|
|1987||Tim Brown||Notre Dame|
|1986||Vinny Testaverde||Miami (FL)|
|1984||Doug Flutie||Boston College|
|1980||George Rogers||South Carolina|
|1975||Archie Griffin||Ohio State|
|1974||Archie Griffin||Ohio State|
|1973||John Cappelletti||Penn State|
|1964||John Huarte||Notre Dame|
|1962||Terry Baker||Oregon State|
|1957||John David Crow||Texas A&M|
|1956||Paul Hornung||Notre Dame|
|1955||Howard Cassady||Ohio State|
|1953||John Lattner||Notre Dame|
|1950||Vic Janowicz||Ohio State|
|1949||Leon Hart||Notre Dame|
|1947||John Lujack||Notre Dame|
|1944||Les Horvath||Ohio State|
|1943||Angelo Bertelli||Notre Dame|