Heisman Trophy Odds Update (as of 10/28/11)

Heisman Trophy

Here at Bang the Book, we are beginning our update for the Heisman Trophy odds on a weekly basis. Here is our first look through eight weeks of play at some of the favorites as well as the odds to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy that can be found below…

Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal: This is a big, big week for Luck and the Cardinal. There are two more potential Heisman Trophy candidates in WR Robert Woods and QB Matt Barkley on the other side of the field with the USC Trojans in the trip to the LA Coliseum. That being said, the talent level that is there for Luck is amazing. Assuming that he does come out of school this year and join the NFL, he is going to almost certainly be the top pick in the draft. Watching his team run for over 400 yards last week might not have helped his cause statistically, but a Stanford win with an Oklahoma loss and a Wisconsin loss did a ton for both his Heisman Trophy stock in general and in his team’s chances of winning the whole enchilada.

Trent Richardson, Alabama Crimson Tide: Alabama’s defense has only conceded a stunning 55 points all season long. Meanwhile, Richardson has crossed the end zone stripe 18 times on the campaign, and when push comes to shove, he is likely to have over three times the touchdowns that the rest of the country does against his team. Sure, it’s a testament to the Tide’s ‘D’, but we can’t forget just how good Richardson has really been in the long run this year. Also remember that many thought that Richardson was the better back between he and RB Mark Ingram. Not bad when you’re talking about a first round pick in the NFL Draft and a starting running back on a team that is amongst the favorites to win the Super Bowl this year, eh?

Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State Cowboys: The Cowboys control their own destiny for a spot in the National Championship Game, and Weeden may actually control his destiny for this award as well. He is leading one of the top offenses in America, and he is going to get some chances to shine against some of the best teams in the land before it’s all said and done. Though WR Justin Blackmon is probably totally out of Heisman Trophy talk at this point, he is still one of the most talented receivers in the country. He could really help his quarterback shine. We won’t know until Bedlam which team is going to be the best in the Sooner State, but if the answer is Okie State, Weeden is going to be a Heisman Trophy finalist for sure.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma Sooners: Jones’ Heisman Trophy stock really plummeted last week with his team’s loss at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Don’t blame Jones for what he did against the Red Raiders, though. He threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. He still has three times the touchdown passes as INTs and over 2,500 passing yards, numbers which scream Heisman Trophy. That being said, without at least getting to 11 wins with the Big XII title, it’s going to be hard to justify that Jones should be a contender for the top individual honors in the country.

Kellen Moore, Boise State Broncos: Moore is going to keep on our radar over the course of the rest of the season for as long as the Broncos stayed undefeated. Even if they don’t make the BCS National Championship Game, going to the BCS once again would be a huge deal for a senior who will be capping a fantastic career. There is no doubt that he is going to have the numbers. Will the wins and the national recognition come with it? That’s what really remains to be seen.

Odds to Win 2011 Heisman Trophy (as of 9/28/11)
Aaron Murray 75 to 1
Andrew Luck 1.85 to 1
Brandon Weeden 7 to 1
Case Keenum 30 to 1
Denard Robinson 30 to 1
Justin Blackmon 75 to 1
Kirk Cousins 100 to 1
Landry Jones 10 to 1
Matt Barkley 30 to 1
Michael Floyd 175 to 1
Robert Griffin III 75 to 1
Ryan Broyles 125 to 1
Trent Richardson 5 to 1
Russell Wilson 12 to 1
Geno Smith 80 to 1
Lamar Miller 125 to 1
David Wilson 125 to 1
TY Hilton 175 to 1
Kellen Moore 12 to 1
Tajh Boyd 20 to 1
Sammy Watkins 50 to 1

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Aaron Ryan

Aaron Ryan has been in the sportswriting biz since the late-90s, and he has worked side by side with some of the best and brightest in sports gambling. Always searching for the best trends in sports, Andrew uses his brilliant math mind to his advantage to beat the books.

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