2017 Heisman Trophy Odds & PicksNoah Williams
The college football season may now be in the rear-view mirror, but college football betting enthusiasts everywhere can get an early jump on their 2017 wagering campaign right now thanks to the recent release of the odds to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy award.
2017 Heisman Trophy Odds & Picks
With Louisville superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson unleashing a season for the ages in to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy award, all eyes are on the possible winner in 2017, with Jackson back as one of the top favorites to win again.
To that end, I’m going to offer up my expert look at the odds to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding player in all of college football.
Let’s get started.
The Favorite To Win The 2017 Heisman Trophy – 3 at 7/1
Last year’s winner of the award, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, along with gifted USC Trojans’ quarterback Sam Darnold and the No. 3 finisher in this year’s voting, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are all tied as co-favorites at 7/1 odds.
Darnold had a solid 2016 campaign and a fantastic season and a jaw-dropping performance in the Rose Bowl to get into the mix as a legitimate 2017 Heisman favorite.
As far as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is concerned, I don’t think he’ll be able to duplicate or improve on his jaw-dropping 2016 campaign in which he passed for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for an additional 1,571 yards and 21 scores. Plus I’m expecting him to receive his share of ‘hate’ from Heisman voters after running away with the award this season.
If Baker Mayfield’s 2017 season is anything like his last two, then he could very easily win the 2017 Heisman. Jus think, in 2015, Mayfield tossed 36 TD passes and just seven interceptions. This past season, he threw a whopping 40 TD passes and just eight picks. Another similar season could undoubtedly bag Mayfield the 2017 Heisman.
The Smart Bet To Win The 2017 Heisman Trophy – Sam Darnold 7/1
Darnold threw for a whopping 453 yards with five TD passes in USC’s highly entertaining Rose Bowl win over Penn State to cap off his 2016 season. Now, all eyes will be on the strong-armed signal-caller as he gets set for his redshirt sophomore season after throwing for 3,086 yards with 31 TD passes and nine interceptions this past season. If USC contends for the four-team playoff, make no mistake about it, Sam Darnold will definitely have a shot to win the 2017 Heisman.
The Value Pick To Win The 2017 Heisman Trophy – Deondre Francois 12/1
Florida State’s gifted young quarterback had a solid, but not overwhelming 2016 season in throwing for 3,350 yards with 20 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions, but I think Francois is in for much bigger things in 2017 as he takes full command of a Seminoles offense that will lose elite running back Dalvin Cook. Francois had five games where he passed for over 300 yards last season, but I’m expecting that figure to increase by at lest three games in 2017. If Florida State contends for a berth in the four-team playoff, Francois could pull off the Heisman upset as a value-packed 12/ pick.
The Longshot To Win The 2017 Heisman Trophy – Trace McSorley 20/1
I love Penn State’s Trace McSorley and believe he’s got more ‘moxie’ tan any other quarterback in the country. McSorley passes for 3,614 yards with 29 TD passes and just eight interceptions this past season and I fully believe that if the Nittany Lions stay in contention for a playoff berth next season, he could pull of the Heisman upset as a whopping 20/1 pick.
Odds as of Feb. 15.