The start of the college football season is just around the corner. Which players figure to take over and dominate in 2015? The NCAA football futures odds for the Heisman winner are examined.
Ezekiel Elliott and Trevone Boykin (+700)
We've got a running back and quarterback atop the futures list for the coming college football season, with Elliott and Boykin installed as the early favorites for the Heisman.
Elliott exploded in his sophomore season for the Buckeyes, amassing 1878 yards on 273 rushing attempts (6.9 YPC) to go with 18 touchdowns. The junior out of St. Louis figures to have an even more dominant season here in 2015 and is going to get as many touches as he can handle for Urban Meyer's group.
As for Boykin, he'll be eager to close out his collegiate career with another splendid season. The Horned Frogs are expected to be a true contender this coming season, and it's mainly because of Boykin, who threw for 33 touchdowns (with 10 interceptions) and ran for 707 yards and eight more scores as a junior. A true dual-threat quarterback, you can see why college football odds makers like his chances of winning the Heisman.
Nick Chubb (+800)
Now that Todd Gurley is out of the picture and in the NFL, Chubb will get every opportunity to be the bellcow of Georgia's offense.
We saw what the 5-10, 220-pound back was capable of when filling in for the injured Gurley last season; he ran 219 times for 1547 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 213 receiving yards and a couple touchdown grabs too. Let's not forget that he put up these gaudy numbers against some of the stiffest competition out there in the SEC.
It's safe to assume Chubb is going to be punishing opposing defenses out of the backfield once again in 2015, especially since there are major question marks surrounding Georgia's quarterback situation. The Bulldogs are going to be pounding the football quite a bit, meaning tons of opportunity for Chubb. We like the value on him at 8/1 odds.
Leonard Fournette (+1000)
Another running back to watch is Fournette, who didn't waste very much time making his mark at the college level. As only a freshman, the speedster ran 187 times for 1034 yards and 10 touchdowns.
We all know how tough it can be to produce against SEC defenses, but Fournette was up for the challenge as a freshman and should only be more productive now that he has a year of experience under his belt. Fournette has all of the necessary tools to be a truly great back, and there have already been big-time expectations laid out for future star. Will Fournette guide LSU to glory this season?
Cody Kessler/Dak Prescott/Jeremy Johnson (+1200)
We close out with a trio of quarterbacks that find themselves priced in a lower tier than Boykin.
Kessler enters his senior season at USC ready to inflict more damage on opposing Pac-12 defenses. He was outstanding last season, completing 69.7 percent of his passes while throwing for 3826 yards and 39 touchdowns. He only threw five interceptions all year long and added a couple short running touchdowns for good measure. We know the Trojans are always going to be able to compete with the best because of their awesome recruiting prowess, and having a guy like Kessler setting the tone from behind center bodes well for USC's chances.
Mississippi State's Prescott is another one to watch. Along with Boykin, Prescott is one of the most dangerous dual-threat QBs out there - he had 27 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing scores as a junior and figures to have an even more efficient year in 2015. That's a scary thought for the rest of the SEC.
Then there's Johnson, who's set to take over the starting quarterback role at Auburn. Big things are expected from Johnson, a pro-style QB who has excelled in limited playing time so far in his college career.
Who do you think will win the Heisman in 2015?