The odds of winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy change weekly making the skill and luck required to place a bet on the winner not an exact science or sure thing. This week, depending on what sports book you are using, four to seven of the top ten NCAA college football candidates with the biggest chance of winning the esteemed award given to the best player of the year, all play quarterback. The Sports Techie community blog encourages our followers and readers to wager sensibly, bet with larger betting houses with the highest rated reputations, and look for creative promotions that earn you free money, rewards and swag.
Heisman Front Runners
Currently, nearly every online website has senior Baker Mayfield, the QB for Oklahoma, as the top candidate according to expert odds. Not to be outdone is cross-state rival Oklahoma State senior quarterback, Mason Rudolph, who came in anywhere from second on down with the odds makers before the big upset loss this past weekend to TCU.
Several highly-regarded sport bookies have Penn State junior running back, Saquon Barkley, climbing up to the second or first most heavily favored player slot after his game-winning touchdown that catapulted No. 4 ranked Penn State to a nail-biting 21-19 Big-Ten win over at Kinnick Stadium where produced 28 runs for a career-high 211 yards and a touchdown along with a team-leading 12 catches netting 94 yards.
Then there are the Oregon Ducks with both a RB in senior Royce Freeman and QB in Justin Herbert crashing the top ten lists again depending on what odds you are perusing losing to Arizona State University perhaps extinguishing both their chances unless they win their remaining Pac-12 games.
The SoCal QB tandem of USC sophomore hurler Sam Darnold, and UCLA miracle man, junior Josh Rosen, at the beginning of the season deserved top ten considerations from smart gamblers. Today, Darnold sits alone as a top candidate after his team defeated Cal while the Bruins lost again to Stanford last Saturday.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson, the defending 2016 Heisman winner out of Louisville, and sophomore Jalen Hurts, the all everything QB on top ranked Alabama, both stand good chances of earning the coveted trophy before the end of the season.
Coming on strong are, San Diego State RB, Rashaad Penny, the nation’s leading rusher as well as junior tailback at Stanford, Bryce Love.
A couple of long shots with major wager payoffs include, Houston sophomore defensive tackle Ed Oliver, and Washington punt and kick returner, record setting senior WR, Dante Pettis.
Other factors that can scramble the odds are, injuries, strength of schedule and conference rankings, plus rivalry wins and losses, as well as considerations no one can really predict such as weather on any given gameday, and play calling. The latter is significant for the Oregon duo. Head Coach Willie Taggart enters a brutal Pac-12 stretch of games and at some point may need to decide to run the ball or pass the ball more often, most likely hurting either Freeman or Herbert in the process.
Sports Techie, winning a Heisman Trophy changes the lives of the winner as happened to RB Herschel Walker in 1982 for the Georgia Bulldogs, to RB John Cappelletti in 1973 for Penn ST and to Steve Spurrier on the Florida Gators team in 1966, the year I was born.
This prestigious award is college football’s highest achievement and those that play well enough to be voted on and the few that win it, deserve the social attention and accolades from fans, peers, coaches, and sponsors alike.
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