DraftKings has had its odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy up for several weeks now. The betting shop has Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields as the +350 favorite.
Fields had a sensational sophomore season after transferring from Georgia to join the Buckeyes, who finished 13-1 after allowing a 16-point lead to get away in a 29-23 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
In 14 games, Fields completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards with an incredible 41/3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Fields also had 484 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Clemson rising junior QB Trevor Lawrence has the next-shortest odds (+500). Lawrence led the Tigers to a 14-1 record, losing for the first time in his collegiate career to LSU in the CFP finals.
Lawrence connected on 65. percent of his throws for 3,665 yards with a 36/8 TD-INT ratio. He also had 563 rushing yards, nine TDs and a 5.5 yards-per-carry average. Lawrence has a 66/12 career TD-INT ratio in two seasons for the Tigers.
The next-shortest odds belong to Georgia QB Jamie Newman (+600), Miami QB D’Eriq King (+900), Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler (+1200 or 12/1), LSU QB Myles Brennan (14/1), Auburn QB Bo Nix (16/1), Alabama QB Mac Jones (20/1), Texas QB Sam Ehlinger (25/1), Clemson RB Travis Etienne and Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard.
Newman and King are on new teams after grad transferring from Wake Forest and Houston, respectively. This space has zero idea why King chose to join the Hurricanes, especially considering the programs that were interested in his services and are vastly superior to UM these days.
Rattler took a redshirt in 2019, seeing action in mop-up duty of three games. The former five-star recruit completed 7-of-11 passes for 81 yards and one TD without an interception. Rattler had 23 rushing yards on three attempts. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has coached two of the past three Heisman winners (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) and sent Jalen Hurts to New York City as a finalist at the 2010 Heisman ceremony.
Brennan has been in LSU’s system for three years and is a rising fourth-year junior. However, he’s only played at garbage time. Brennan completed 24-of-40 passes for 353 yards with a 1/1 TD-INT ratio in 2019.
Nix started all 13 games for Auburn as a true freshman. It was predictably an up-and-down campaign for the son of Patrick Nix, who was a star QB for the Tigers in the early-to-mid 1990s. Bo Nix threw for 2,542 yards with a 16/6 TD-INT ratio, in addition to producing seven rushing TDs.
Jones started four games for the Crimson Tide in 2019. He went 3-1 in those starts, with the only loss coming in a 48-45 setback at Auburn when Alabama missed a chip-shot field goal in the final minute. Jones threw for 335 yards and four TDs at in the Iron Bowl, but he had a pair of interception returned for TDs.
Jones has a 15/3 TD-INT ratio in his collegiate career.
Etienne surprised many by returning to Clemson for his senior campaign. The rising senior RB had 1,614 rushing yards, 19 TDs and a 7.8 YPC average in 2019. Etienne also had 37 receptions for 432 yards and four TDs.
Hubbard led the nation in rushing yards for the Cowboys, averaging 161.1 yards per game. He had 2,094 rushing yards, 21 TDs and a 6.4 YPC average.
Mississippi State QB KJ Costello, Alabama incoming true freshman QB Bryce Young and North Carolina rising true sophomore signal caller Sam Howell share 33/1 odds. Costello was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2018 at Stanford.
Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez, USC QB Kedon Slovis, Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, Oklahoma St. QB Spencer Sanders and Oregon QB Tyler Shough have 40/1 odds apiece.
Four SEC players and a Big Ten star coming off an injury share 50/1 odds. This group includes Purdue WR Rondale Moore, Mississippi State RB Kylin Hill, Alabama RB Najee Harris, Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond and Florida QB Kyle Trask.
Moore was a first-team All-American as a true freshman in 2018, when he had 114 catches for 1,258 yards and 12 TDs. He also had 213 rushing yards and two TDs on just 21 attempts for a 10.1 YPC average. Moore also had 744 return yards on special teams.
In a Week 5 home game vs. Minnesota, Moore went down with a leg injury and didn’t play for the rest of the season. It was only the Boilermakers’ fourth game, so he took a redshirt. However, if Moore proves he’s back 100-percent healthy in 2020, it’ll almost certainly be his final season in West Lafayette.
Harris bypassed turning pro early to return to Tuscaloosa. According to this space, Harris and Etienne are the nation’s premier RBs.
Other notable names on the Heisman board at DraftKings include Notre Dame QB Ian Book (66/1), LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase (66/1), Clemson WR Justyn Ross (66/1), Georgia RB Zamir White (66/1), Alabama WR Devonta Smith (80/1), Penn State QB Sean Clifford (100/1), Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan (100/1), Ole Miss QB John Ryhs Plumlee (100/1), Baylor QB Charlie Brewer (125/1), Arkansas QB Feleipe Franks (125/1), Oregon RB C.J. Verdell (125/1) and Tennessee QB Jarret Guarantano (200/1).