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.

2020 Heisman Favorite, Front Runners & Latest Candidates to Win Trophy

We have already broken down the early 2020-21 NCAAF Championship odds and now it’s time to take a look at the opening odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy.

There was really no debate with last year’s winner, as LSU’s Joe Burrow ran away with the award. Burrow didn’t even have odds at this time a year ago and was sitting at +5000 to win the award in early August. Burrow winning snapped Oklahoma’s run, as they had taken the hardware each of the previous two years.

The odds on favorite to win it right now is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at +250 with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence not too far back at +400.

Next up is former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King at +1000, who doesn’t even have a team at the moment as he just entered the transfer portal. Also at +1000 is expected new LSU quarterback Myles Brennan.

You then have Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler at +1200,  Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez at +1500, Georgia’s new quarterback Jamie Newman at +1600 (transfer from Wake Forest), Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger at +1600, Auburn quarterback at +2000 and USC quarterback Kedon Slovis at +2000.

Updated Vegas Betting Odds on Who Will Win Heisman Trophy This Year

PlayerCurrent OddsImplied Probability
Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)+20532.79%
Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson)+40020.00%
D’Eriq King (QB, TBD)+10009.09%
Myles Brennan (QB, LSU)+10009.09%
Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma)+12007.69%
Adrian Martinez (QB, Nebraska)+15006.25%
Jamie Newman (QB, Georgia)+16005.88%
Sam Ehlinger (QB, Texas)+16005.88%
Bo Nix (QB, Auburn)+20004.76%
Kedon Slovis (QB, USC)+20004.76%
Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)+25003.85%
Sam Howell (QB, North Carolina)+25003.85%
Chuba Hubbard (RB, Oklahoma St)+33002.94%
Ian Book (QB, Notre Dame)+35002.78%
Kellen Mond (QB, Texas A&M)+35002.78%
K.J. Costello (QB, Stanford)+40002.44%
Kyle Trask (QB, Florida)+50001.96%
Micale Cunningham (QB, Louisville)+50001.96%
Najee Harris (RB, Alabama)+50001.96%
Kenneth Gainwell (RB, Memphis)+60001.64%
Rondale Moore (WR, Purdue)+60001.64%
Tanner Morgan (QB, Minnesota)+80001.23%
Player5-Dec20-Nov14-Nov7-Nov31-Oct24-Oct17-Oct10-Oct3-Oct26-Sep19-Sep12-Sep5-Sep19-Aug26-Jun8-Jan
Joe Burrow (QB, LSU)-3300-1200-950-110-110+125+260+325+400+300+450+750+2000+5000
Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)+1000+600+700+750+550+900+1000+1000+550+1000+1100+1300+1600
Chase Young (DE, Ohio State)+2200+12500+950+800
Jalen Hurts (QB, Oklahoma)+2500+1100+700+250+250+190+300+325+225+350+300+600+900+1000+900+3000
Jonathan Taylor (RB, Wisconsin)+7500+7000+5000+3500+1400+1100+900+950+1400+1200+1200+2800+3000+1700+900
Trevor Lawrence (QB Clemson)+10000+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
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.

Looking for more ways to bet on college football before the season starts? You are going to want to check out our regular-season win totals page. 

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Heisman History – Invitees, Standings, Voting Polls & Past Champions

List of Finalists Invited to Heisman Ceremony in 2019

  • Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
  • Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma
  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
  • Chase Young, DE, Ohio State

Voting Poll Standings Last 5 Years

Voting Rank20192018201720162015
1stJoe Burrow (LSU)Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)Lamar Jackson (Louisville)Derrick Henry (Alabama)
2ndJalen Hurts (Oklahoma)Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)Bryce Love (Stanford)Deshaun Watson (Clemson)Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)
3rdJustin Fields (Ohio State)Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)Lamar Jackson (Louisville)Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
4thChase Young (Ohio State)Will Grier (West Virginia)Saquon Barkley (Penn St)Dede WestBrook (Oklahoma)Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)
5thJonathan Taylor (Wisconsin)Gardner Minshew (Washington State)Rashaad Penny (San Diego St)Jabrill Peppers (Michigan)Keenan Reynolds (Navy)

Every Player Who has Won the Heisman Award

YearPlayerSchool
2019Joe BurrowLSU
2018Kyler MurrayOklahoma
2017Baker MayfieldOklahoma
2016Lamar JacksonLouisville
2015Derrick HenryAlabama
2014Marcus MariotaOregon
2013Jameis WinstonFlorida State
2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&M
2011Robert Griffin IIIBaylor
2010Cam NewtonAuburn
2009Mark IngramAlabama
2008Sam BradfordOklahoma
2007Tim TebowFlorida
2006Troy SmithOhio State
2005Reggie BushUSC
2004Matt LeinartUSC
2003Jason WhiteOklahoma
2002Carson PalmerUSC
2001Eric CrouchNebraska
2000Chris WeinkeFlorida State
1999Ron DayneWisconsin
1998Ricky WilliamsTexas
1997Charles WoodsonMichigan
1996Danny WuerffelFlorida
1995Eddie GeorgeOhio State
1994Rashaan SalaamColorado
1993Charlie WardFlorida State
1992Gino TorrettaMiami (FL)
1991Desmond HowardMichigan
1990Ty DetmerBYU
1989Andre WareHouston
1988Barry SandersOklahoma State
1987Tim BrownNotre Dame
1986Vinny TestaverdeMiami (FL)
1985Bo JacksonAuburn
1984Doug FlutieBoston College
1983Mike RozierNebraska
1982Herschel WalkerGeorgia
1981Marcus AllenUSC
1980George RogersSouth Carolina
1979Charles WhiteUSC
1978Billy SimsOklahoma
1977Earl CampbellTexas
1976Tony DorsettPittsburgh
1975Archie GriffinOhio State
1974Archie GriffinOhio State
1973John CappellettiPenn State
1972Johnny RodgersNebraska
1971Pat SullivanAuburn
1970Jim PlunkettStanford
1969Steve OwensOklahoma
1968O.J. SimpsonUSC
1967Gary BebanUCLA
1966Steve SpurrierFlorida
1965Mike GarrettUSC
1964John HuarteNotre Dame
1963Roger StaubachNavy
1962Terry BakerOregon State
1961Ernie DavisSyracuse
1960Joe BellinoNavy
1959Billy CannonLSU
1958Pete DawkinsArmy
1957John David CrowTexas A&M
1956Paul HornungNotre Dame
1955Howard CassadyOhio State
1954Alan AmecheWisconsin
1953John LattnerNotre Dame
1952Billy VesselsOklahoma
1951Dick KazmaierPrinceton
1950Vic JanowiczOhio State
1949Leon HartNotre Dame
1948Doak WalkerSMU
1947John LujackNotre Dame
1946Glenn DavisArmy
1945Doc BlanchardArmy
1944Les HorvathOhio State
1943Angelo BertelliNotre Dame
1942Frank SinkwichGeorgia
1941Bruce SmithMinnesota
1940Tom HarmonMichigan
1939Nile KinnickIowa
1938Davey O’BrienTCU
1937Clint FrankYale
1936Larry KelleyYale
1935Jay BerwangerChicago