Golson Seeing Action but Take Mariota for Heisman Trophy Picks

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:33 PM GMT

There was a big shift in the Heisman Odds after the weekend's college football action and it wasn't in a positive way for Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Here are Sportsbook.com's updated Heisman odds following Week 3.

Dawg-Gone It
Georgia hasn't had a Heisman winner since Herschel Walker back in 1982 and while Gurley's chances are still decent, college football odds have shifted him from a co-favored role at +550 with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota to +1500. That seems a tad harsh change considering Gurley had 131 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Georgia's 38-35 loss at South Carolina. He had a 54-yard TD run wiped out because of holding on guard Brandon Kublanow, and it certainly wasn't Gurley's fault the Dawgs lost. The defeat hurt Georgia's national title hopes, now at +1800, and of course UGA also now loses a head-to-head tiebreaker with South Carolina.

In a way, the loss could be the best thing to happen to Georgia. Let's say the Dawgs and Gamecocks both win out. Then USC has to play a very tough foe from the West Division in the SEC title game and could lose. Georgia wouldn't have that problem, and it is worth noting that the last two times South Carolina beat Georgia, it was Georgia that went on to win the division.

The Dawgs host Troy this week in what looks like a huge letdown game. The Trojans are an awful defensive team so Gurley could put up monster numbers. Abilene Christian put up 38 points and nearly 500 yards on Troy in a win Saturday.

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Mariota remains at +550. He was 19 of 23 for 221 yards and two scores while rushing five times for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the Ducks' 48-14 win over Wyoming. Mariota still has yet to turn the ball over and is completing better than 70 percent of his throws. He plays at Washington State on Saturday. Mariota threw for 327 yards and two TDs and rushed for 67 and a score in a blowout of the Cougars last year.

Florida State was off last week and QB Jameis Winston is currently the +650 second Heisman favorite at sportsbooks. He figures to get a nice bump this week if he has a big game against No. 22 Clemson in the top game Saturday. Winston blistered the Tigers for 444 yards passing and four total touchdowns in a rout last season.

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill (+700) should have a field day Saturday against a wretched SMU team that is still reeling from the resignation of Coach June Jones. Hill threw for 300 more yards and four touchdowns this past Saturday vs. Rice. Baylor's Bryce Petty (+800) returned from missing a game due to injury and threw for 416 yards and four scores against Buffalo as Baylor finished off the worst non-conference schedule in the nation. The Bears open Big 12 play this week at Iowa State.

Notre Dame's Everett Golson continues to move up this list, now at +1000. The Irish didn't look very good in a win over Purdue but Golson was solid with 259 yards passing and two scores while rushing for 56 yards and a TD. The Irish are off until Sept. 27 against Syracuse.

Oklahoma's Trevor Knight is at +1000 with Golson. Knight threw for 308 yards with a TD and a pick in a win over Tennessee. The Sooners are on potential upset alert this Saturday as they visit an improved West Virginia team.

Finally, UCLA's Brett Hundley is now +1800. He was hurt in the first quarter of Saturday's win over Texas. Hundley should be fine to play in the Bruins' next game on Sept. 25 at Arizona State. However, Sun Devils QB Taylor Kelly (+8000) will miss at least that game with a foot injury so that just about cancels out any reasons worth adding him to your college football picks to take home the trophy this season.

NCAAF free pick: Washington State is not a good defensive team so I expect Mariota to have a massive night and retain the Heisman lead barring a 500-yard game by Winston against Clemson. Mariota has been my free pick all season, and he still is. The Golson bandwagon is filling up fast, however.