The Big 12 conference certainly doesn’t have the star power it had returning last season when Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph were returning for their senior seasons. So naturally, the early 2018 Heisman Trophy odds are not in the Big 12’s favor. But somewhat surprisingly, the top Heisman candidates are Texas QB Sam Ehlinger and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray.
Here’s a look at the odds for the entire country:
- Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia: 10/1
- Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State: 14/1
- Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin: 14/1
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Georgia: 14/1
- Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: 15/1
- Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan: 16/1
- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn: 20/1
- Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona: 20/1
- Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama: 22/1
- Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson: 25/1
- Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas: 25/1
- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: 30/1
- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon: 30/1
- Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State: 30/1
- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: 35/1
- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: 35/1
- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: 35/1
- Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State: 35/1
- Jake Browning, QB, Washington: 35/1
- McKenzie Milton, QB, UCF: 35/1
- Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: 50/1
A few thoughts here:
- HOW is West Virginia QB Will Grier not the Big 12 player with the best odds to win the Heisman? That makes zero sense to me. He has an explosive offense returning with David Sills and a good stable of running backs.
- The Texas hype is already building and my eyes might already begin to start rolling in the back of my head. Ehlinger isn’t even guaranteed to be the STARTER next season, but his Heisman odds are 25/1?! WTF.
- Murray is solid value at 35/1. He will have so much talent around him, it won’t be easy, but the transition will be as easy as one could hope for.
- Tua Tagovailoa at 50/1?! Maybe the best value there is. I’m not saying you should bet the mortgage on it, but wow, talk about enticing. And yes, somehow the guy who just won Alabama the National Title is half as likely as Texas’ quarterback who couldn’t beat out Shane Buechele all season for the job on a .500 team to win the Heisman Trophy. What world are we living in here?