Just three weeks into the 2018 college football season and two of the premier Big 12 players find themselves in the top 4 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray have both found themselves near the top of the latest odds released on Monday, according to Bovada.
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As you can see, Grier’s odds have actually gotten worse, slightly, over the past week, since the Mountaineers game against NC State was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. Meantime, Kyler Murray’s odds keep getting better at OU. And that should not be shocking to anyone who has watched the Sooners over the first couple of weeks this season. Murray’s numbers through his first three starts are eerily reminiscing to Baker Mayfield’s first three games from the 2017 season.
Baker Mayfield (2017): 1,033 yards, 10 TDs
Kyler Murray (2018): 1,032 yards, 10 TDs
Of course, we all know how the 2017 season ended for Mayfield. He was in Midtown Manhattan hoisting the Heisman Trophy and went on to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
The only other Big 12 player on the list is West Virginia wide receiver David Sills, but his odds have decreased from 50/1 to 66/1 and the reality is the Mountaineers have too much depth and talent at the wide receiver position for Sills to ever win the award. That’s besides the fact that it’s basically become a QB award anyway.
Also in the top 5 around Grier and Murray is Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (No. 1), Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins (No. 3) and Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor (No. 5).
OH YEA, and look closely at this list… why the hell is “TCU QB Kenny Hill” on here?! Anyone?!
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