The countdown to college football kickoff is underway and one of the most popular prop markets during the summer months is odds on the Heisman Trophy winner. The 2019 NCAA football season is loaded with leading men, including two championship-winning QBs at the top of the Heisman odds board.
Here are the betting favorites and a live long shot sports picks to hoist the Heisman this college football season:
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama Crimson Tide +200
If you’ve been watching the Heisman futures market, you’ve seen Tua go up and down the board as action comes in over the summer months. The Tide’s star quarterback passed for just under 4,000 yards in 2018 with 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions. However, his stock dipped a bit after a less-than-impressive showing in the National Championship. Alabama is loaded with talent once again, which makes life easy on Tagovailoa, but could there be a CFP hangover waiting for him in 2019?
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Tigers +250
On the other side of that National Championship field, Lawrence led Clemson to the title with a huge performance against Alabama. He threw for 347 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions – capping off an incredible 2018 in which Lawrence amassed 3,280 yards, 30 TD passes and only four INTs all season. Clemson does have life easier in the ACC – compared to life in the SEC – and should put up Heisman-worthy numbers, backed by a talent-rich Tigers roster.
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma Sooners +700
The National Championship triangle is complete, with Hurts transferring to Oklahoma after losing his starting gig to Tagovailoa at Alabama. Due to the grand transfer rules, Hurts will not have to sit out a season before suiting up for the Sooners, and gives them a leader with pose and experience in a volatile Big 12. He attempted only 70 passes in 2018 but his 2017 resume featured 2,081 yards, 17 TD strikes and just one INT to go along with 768 yards rushing and eight carries for touchdowns. He’ll face softer defenses in the Big 12 and be the focal point of the offense in Norman.
Justin Herbert, Oregon Ducks +1,600
If stats make the case for a Heisman nod, then Herbert is a great pick at these longer odds. Oregon continues to run an explosive offensive attack against the cupcake defenses in the Pac-12, with the senior QB throwing for 3,151 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first healthy season. Th Ducks put plenty of weapons around him and have one of the best offensive lines in the country, giving Herbert ample time to find his favorites. Oregon did lose top WR Dillon Mitchell to the pros but has some capable replacements, including Penn State grad transfer Juwan Johnson. Herbert does need to improve on his accuracy if he is going to step up among the NCAA’s elite passers and make a run at the NFL Draft.