The best time to bet in the Heisman Trophy winner marketplace is right now as those who backed Louisville QB Lamar Jackson at 100/1 at this time last year can proudly attest to.
Nineteen-year-old Lamar Jackson, QB of the Louisville Cardinals, became the youngest winner of the Heisman Trophy last season and those smart enough to back the Boynton Beach, Florida product at his 100/1 opening odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook when this market first opened last year have to love the fact the fact they won, especially considering the Nevada Gaming Commission approved Futures Book betting on the Heisman Trophy winner here in the state for the first time last season.
Offshore and online sportsbooks have been way ahead of the curve offering Heisman winner odds and Bovada has numbers up for its candidates for the 2017 NCAAF season which kicks off Saturday, August 26 when Stanford plays Rice from Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
USC sophomore Sam Darnold (+450 to win Heisman Trophy, Bovada) has become the favorite in this market, overtaking Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (+650) with last year’s winner Jackson (+650) offering the same payback as the Sooners’ junior QB. The first non-QB in the market (in current odds order) is Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough (+900) with his Crimson Tide (3/1 to win CFP, Bovada) backfield mate, QB Jalen Hurts (10/1) following.
Here are fresh Heisman odds from Bovada:Heisman Trophy Award Winner Odds—(Bovada, Feb. 17, 2017)
Sam Darnold +400 (USC, QB)
Baker Mayfield +650 (Oklahoma, QB)
Lamar Jackson +650 (Louisville, QB)
Bo Scarbrough +900 (Alabama, RB)
Jalen Hurts +1000 (Alabama, QB)
JT Barrett +1200 (Ohio State, QB)
Saquon Barkley +1200 (Penn State, RB)
Jake Browning +1200 (Washington, QB)
Trace McSorley +1200 (Penn State, QB)
Deondre Francois +1400 (QB, Florida State)
Josh Rosen +1400 (UCLA, QB)
Mason Rudolph +1400 (Oklahoma State, QB)
Derrius Guice +1600 (LSU, RB)
Nick Chubb +1600 (Georgia, RB)
Nick Fitzgerald +2500 (Mississippi State, QB)
Kamryn Pettway +2800 (Auburn, RB)
Luke Falk +3300 (Washington State, QB)
Shane Buechele +3300 (Texas, QB)
Fading Early Favorites Seems Wise as Heisman Race Should Be Wide Open
Two players worth mulling wagers on are Washington QB Jake Browning (12/1) and LSU RB Derrius Guice (16/1). Senior Browning led the Huskies to the CFP Semifinals—where they lost to Alabama—and finished sixth in last year’s Heisman voting while first team all-SEC selection Guice (1,387 yards, 15 TDs) had a stellar season for the Tigers playing in the shadow of Leonard Fournette. Browning loses talented WR John Ross to the NFL Draft, but Washington figures to be in the Pac-12 and maybe the national mix once again and at 12/1 and 16/1 odds respectively, both deserve consideration.
Free Heisman Trophy Winner Picks: Jake Browning 12/1, Derrius Guice 16/1Best Lines Offered: at Bovada