Everybody knew that as soon as Baker Mayfield announced that he was returning to Oklahoma for his senior year, he would be an early favorite for a few big awards. So it is no surprise that he leads the Big 12 at 7/1 odds. Mayfield is second in the odds overall and ahead of last year’s winner Lamar Jackson. Only USC’s Sam Darnold received better odds at 5/1.
Oklahoma State’s quarterback Mason Rudolph is not far behind either. Rudolph is getting 15/1 odds and is 7th overall.
Five Big 12 players made the list, but four come from the Sooner state. Texas QB Shane Buechele, at 50/1 odds, was the only Big 12 player outside the state of Oklahoma named. Oklahoma State receiver James Washington received 80/1 odds, and Oklahoma receiver Mark Andrews received 100/1 odds.
So who has the best shot at winning the coveted award? The quarterbacks, of course. A receiver hasn’t won the award since 1991 when Desmond Howard did it. And while Washington will be the favorite for the Biletnikoff Award, I’m not sure he is even the best receiver on his own team. As I’ve said before, that’s not a slight to him. That is just how loaded the Cowboys are at the position.
Overall, the Big 12 and the Big Ten have the fewest representatives, but when you consider the size of each conference it isn’t so bad for the Big 12. And, while the SEC leads with 11 players receiving odds, no SEC player got better than 20/1 odds.
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— Covers (@Covers) April 9, 2017