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Mayfield Leads on Heisman Trophy Odds

Mayfield Leads on Heisman Trophy Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

After leading the 11-2 Oklahoma Sooners to a second straight Big 12 conference championship and a dominant 35-19 win over Auburn in this year’s Sugar Bowl, quarterback Baker Mayfield has emerged as an early +600 favorite to claim the 2017 Heisman Trophy.

A 21-year-old junior hailing from Austin, Texas, Mayfield completed 71% of his pass attempts last season, racking up 3,965 passing yards and 40 touchdowns including a spectacular seven TD strikes in a thrilling 66-59 win over his former teammates at Texas Tech.

Mayfield also led the nation in 2016 with a sparkling 11.1 yards per attempt, and proved to be the force behind a Sooners squad that ranked third in the nation with 43.9 points scored per game and now sports +1000 odds to emerge as national champions next season.

The Sooners pivot is closely followed on the 2017 Heisman Trophy odds by USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold, who sits at +650.

Darnold led the Trojans to nine consecutive straight-up wins down the stretch, in which they went 7-2 against the spread, including a five-touchdown performance in USC’s 52-49 win over Penn State as 7.5-point favorites at the Rose Bowl.

 

Jackson Rounds out Heisman Favorites

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, rounds out the top three on the award odds for 2017 at +700. Jackson threw for 3,543 yards and 30 scores in 2016, but was unable to halt a Cardinals late-season swoon which saw them lose outright in their final three outings, including a 29-9 blowout loss to LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett powered the Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff berth for a second straight year, and remains among the Heisman Trophy favorites with +800 odds. Barrett once again displayed his versatility in 2016 by throwing for 2,555 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also running for 845 yards and an additional nine scores.

Four players follow deadlocked at +1000, including Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley, Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Browning, and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Florida State pivot Deondre Francois is joined at +1200 by another pair of passers, the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ Mason Rudolph and the UCLA Bruins’ Josh Rosen, as well as Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarborough.

LSU Tigers running back Derrius Grice then follows at +1500, ahead of Mississippi State passer Nick Fitzgerald and Georgia rusher Nick Chubb at +2500, and Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway at +2800, while Texas Longhorns pivot Shane Buechele and Washington State passer Luke Falk trail at +3500.

*Odds as of January 27, 2017

 

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