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Somehow Kyler Murray Has Same Heisman Odds as Will Grier

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma

I know it’s early and Vegas doesn’t always get it right, but every once in a while you look at odds that make you scratch your head. The latest Heisman Odds from Tom Fornelli would provide such head-scratching information.

Bryce Love (Stanford): 5/1
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin): +650
Jake Fromm (Georgia): 10/1
Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama): 10/1
Khalil Tate (Arizona): 14/1
Shea Patterson (Michigan): 16/1
Kyler Murray (Oklahoma): 20/1
Will Grier (West Virginia): 20/1
JK Dobbins (Ohio State): 20/1
Trace McSorley (Penn State): 20/1
Jalen Hurts (Alabama): 20/1
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn): 25/1
Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma): 25/1
Sam Ehlinger (Texas): 25/1

So let me get this straight, Kyler Murray, who has a handful of Big 12 snaps to his name, has the same Heisman odds as West Virginia’s Will Grier, who has a proven track record in multiple conferences and might be the best QB in the nation? My goodness. This tells me the amount of respect bettors have for the Oklahoma Sooners program and Lincoln Riley, because otherwise, there is little to no reason to believe Murray’s odds should be this high considering the guy has thrown eight career touchdown passes to seven interceptions.

Other thoughts: 

  • I guess everyone things Tua is going to be Alabama’s starting QB over Jalen Hurts, huh?
  • Shea Patterson at 16/1?! Considering how little success Jim Harbaugh, the supposed QB whisperer has had with that position, I don’t know who thinks this is a good bet at that price?
  • Rodney Anderson at 25/1 is solid, but I think he will end up sharing too much of the workload to be a legit Heisman contender
  • Sam Ehlinger? I’ll take 25/1 odds he plays all 12 games this season without getting injured behind that offensive line and without Tim Beck trying to kill him every other play. But for Heisman? No thanks.

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