Every college football fan, writer, and analyst alike has their opinion on who will claim college football’s most coveted prize, the Heisman Trophy. Recently, licensed online sportsbook Bovada revised their odds for the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, and we’re taking a look at the Big 12 players who made the list.
5/1 – Trevone Boykin [QB – TCU]
Boykin shares the spot for the nation’s overall betting favorite with Ezekiel Elliot of Ohio State, both at 5/1 odds. His critics will be quick to point out that, in 2014, Trevone was the beneficiary of a defense that generated a nation-leading 3.1 turnovers per game giving him extremely favorable starting field position against tired defenses. Boykin’s backers will remind you of his top 10 ranking in passing plays of 20+ yards, and an astonishing athletic ability.
25/1 – Samaje Perine [RB – Oklahoma]
Fresh off of a 1,713 yard, 21 touchdown true freshman campaign, Samaje Perine represents the Big 12’s second best shot of claiming the Heisman at 25/1 odds. He could be the victim of bad timing with OU’s installation of the Air Raid offense though. Thus potentially limiting his touches. Something else working against Perine is that running backs have claimed only 3 of the last 16 Heisman awards. However, given that Perine is tied with Alabama’s Derrick Henry for the third best odds of any running back in the nation, he certainly shouldn’t be overlooked.
33/1 – Seth Russell [QB – Baylor]
If I were to pick the Big 12’s biggest betting temptation on this list it would have to be Seth Russell with the ripe, low-hanging fruit odds of 33/1. He saw playing time in eight games last year as Bryce Petty’s backup including one start when Petty suffered an injury. The Mesquite, TX product is thought by many to not only have a stronger arm than Petty, but to also be more mobile which seems to be a must these days for Heisman winners. Baylor’s non-conference schedule includes SMU, Lamar and Rice respectively where he’ll get a chance to put up the ridiculous numbers that tend to grab the voters’ attention. Combine that with the can’t-miss roll of stellar QB’s Baylor has been on, in addition to the arsenal of game-breaking speedsters who make up his surrounding cast, Russell is as favorable of a 33/1 bet as I can think of.
100/1 – Mason Rudolph [QB – Oklahoma State]
In the ‘why not lay down 10 bucks’ category, we have Mason Rudolph rounding out the Big 12 at 100/1 odds. In the context of a Heisman Trophy win, the Pokes’ QB has experience, or rather lack thereof, working against him having played in only three games last year. Albeit they were three of the most difficult starts you could ask a QB to come into. Rudolph lead the Cowboys to two wins that turned around what could have been a disastrous year. The gem on Mason’s resume is a thrilling Bedlam overtime victory in Norman which had to do wonders for his confidence. The momentum gained led to a Cactus Bowl victory over Washington, and will certainly help accelerate this young QB’s growth.