Lamar Jackson Vegas Betting Favorite To Win Heisman Trophy

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Lamar Jackson Vegas Betting Favorite To Win Heisman Trophy

Prior to the 2016 college football season, I thought there was no way that any player besides Stanford star running back Christian McCaffery or Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson, would win this year’s Heisman Trophy award.

Right now however, I’m currently thinking that Louisville star quarterback Lamar Jackson has a stranglehold on the Heisman Trophy that won’t be relinquished by anything other than a season-ending injury.

2016-17 Heisman Trophy Odds
Player Odds
Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville) -200
Christian McCaffrey (RB Stanford) +550
J.T. Barrett (QB Ohio State) +600
Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) +800
Jabrill Peppers (S Michigan) +1600
Greg Ward Jr. (QB Houston) +1600
Leonard Fournette (RB LSU) +2000
Donnel Pumphrey (RB San Diego State) +2500
Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State) +3300
Jalen Hurts (QB Alabama) +3300
Nick Chubb (RB Georgia) +3300
Patrick Mahomes (QB Texas Tech) +3300
Jake Browning (QB Washington) +4000
Damien Harris (RB Alabama) +5000
DeShone Kizer (QB Notre Dame) +5000
Brad Kaaya (QB Miami) +5000

After accounting for an insane 18 touchdowns over the Cardinals’ 3-0 start, Jackson has taken the clear-cut lead among Heisman Trophy candidates, while simultaneously transforming Louisville into a legitimate national championship.

After starting the season as a 100-1 longshot to win this year’s Heisman, Jackson quickly became an 8-1 favorite after accounting for an insane eight touchdowns against Charlotte in Week 2.

Now, after torching former No. 2 Florida State for 362 total yards and five total touchdowns in a 63-20 blowout of the Seminoles on Saturday, Jackson opened Sunday as a commanding favorite at 6-5 in nearly every sportsbook on the planet!

Not only did Jackson catapult himself to the top of the Heisman Trophy odds, but his play has also lifted the Cardinals from a middle-of-the-pack contender to win the national championship to a 5-1 pick that sits behind only consensus favorite Alabama (7/2) and Ohio State (4/1).

Jackson currently sits just ahead of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett at 6-1, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson (8/1) and Stanford’s McCaffery (8/1) in the chase to win this year’s Heisman Trophy.

Now, Jackson is an overwhelming favorite that oddsmakers view as such a lock that they’ll lose money if he does win the Heisman.  

"Lamar Jackson is just a massive loser for us at this point," MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood said. "I’m hoping Clemson can solve some of those problems for us."

Through three games, Jackson has completed 61.0 percent of his passes for 913 yards while throwing eight TD passes and just two interceptions. More importantly, Jackson has rushed for an additional 464 yards on 49 carries while scoring 10 rushing touchdowns.

Call me crazy, but right now, I’ll be stunned if Jackson doesn’t win the 2016 Heisman Trophy award.

Louisville travels to play No. 5 Clemson and Deshaun Watson on Oct. 1 in a huge matchup that will undoubtedly have postseason implications for both, the winner and loser of that intriguing affair.