College football has reached the halfway point of the season and the NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape.
On Monday, sportsbooks released updated NFL MVP and college football Heisman Trophy odds.
Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes opened the season as a +400 ‘chalk’ to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player. Despite Kansas City’s two-game losing skid, Mahomes is still a top contender for the award.
He is currently sitting at +250, which are the second-shortest odds on the prop sheet. Mahomes has thrown for more than 300 yards in every game except one, and his first interception of the year came against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
The new Vegas leader in the MVP race is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who is listed at +200 at Caesars Sportsbook. On Sunday, Wilson’s helmet communication system failed during the third quarter, so he called his own plays en route to a touchdown-scoring drive.
Wilson has never won the award and opened the season at 20/1. He has thrown 14 touchdown passes without an interception during the Seahawks’ 5-1 start to the season.
Deshaun Watson has been arguably the most intriguing MVP bet to follow this season. When the Westgate SuperBook released lines in June, Watson was a 60/1 longshot. Those odds did not stick around for long, as he closed at 20/1 by the time the preseason started.
On Monday, Watson is all the way up to +400, only trailing Mahomes and Wilson in the market. Watson has thrown 12 touchdown passes and three interceptions this season.
Christian McCaffrey (10/1), Tom Brady (12/1) and Aaron Rodgers (14/1) follow Watson.
When the initial 2019 Heisman Trophy odds were released in March, it seemed like a two-horse race between Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (+250) and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (+300).
Lawrence has not lived up to his 2018 campaign, falling to 70/1 in the Heisman prop market as of Monday’s updated odds at Bovada. He has thrown six interceptions through six games, which is more than he threw all of last season (four).
Tagovailoa, however, is up to a +115 ‘chalk’ to win the award. He has thrown 27 touchdowns through six games, while tossing just one interception. His 2019 stats are on pace for a better season than his electric sophomore campaign.
The pair of quarterbacks listed behind Tagovailoa have both moved up in the market since the season started. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow opened the season at 50/1 to win the Heisman, but he is now just 3/1 after another solid performance on Saturday. As long as LSU continues to win, Burrow should be in the mix to contend for the award.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is also at 3/1, which is a slight jump from his 4/1 odds last week. Hurts led Oklahoma to a 34-27 win against Texas in the Red River Rivalry on Saturday, throwing for 235 yards and three TDs. The former Alabama signal caller also rushed for a team-best 131 yards and one TD on 17 carries.