As NCAA football betting fans know, winning the Heisman Trophy is not just a badge of honor in college, it is an affirmation that you have what it takes to play in their higher echelons of football. That is the essential reason why you’d have to go back to 2007 to find a Heisman winner (Troy Smith) that wasn’t recently selected in the first round of the NFL draft. But as history has shown us with the likes of Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III and Tim Tebow, winning the Heisman trophy and succeeding in college is far from the same with being drafted highly NFL and succeeding. Still, with two recent Heisman Winners—Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston—being selected with the top two overall picks in the 2015 NFL draft, and two Heisman finalists from 2014 (Alabama’s Amari Cooper and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon) also drafted in the first round, we would be kidding ourselves if we hogwashed contention for the Heisman trophy as not being important. That fundamental point being duly considered, here is a look at our top 5 contenders for the 2015 Heisman Trophy.
A Closer Look at the 2015 Heisman Trophy College Football Odds Predictions
4. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson TigersArguably the best QB in the ACC, Deshaun Watson is well-buoyed to leave a lasting impression following his torn ACL injury. Speaking in April, Watson said that his rehab was all good, so a bright season should be expected from him. Bearing in mind he boasts of an explosive receivership combo in Mike Williams and Artavis Scott, Watson definitely has a chance to finish in the top-5 and surprise us in a big way.
3. J.T. Barrett/ Cardale Jones/ Braxton Miller, QBs, Ohio State BuckeyesFor bucking out loud, why can’t coach Urban Meyer just make this easy on us and name a starting quarterback? Anyway, you all know about Jones and his much-talked about numbers (742 yards and five TDs) in the three games against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon to help win the national title. For Miller, his recovery from injury will be key in assessing him, but after becoming the Big 10 offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, there’s no reason for him not to climb higher and collect the Heisman trophy. Finally, we have Barrett who replaced the injured Miller at the start of the season, throwing for 2,834 passing yards (34 TDs) and rushing for 938 yards (11 TDs), setting a Big 10 single-season record with his 45 total TDs, which set a Big Ten single-season record. Mark you, Jones got injured in the regular season-finale, so his numbers would have undoubtedly been better.
2. Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia BulldogsOhio State’s RB Ezekiel Elliott (1,878 yards and 18 total TDs in 2014) may be a betting favorite after his strong showing in 2014, but with his QBs likely to take away the shine away from him, Nick Chubb gets our nod in the top 5. Despite playing in the gruesome SEC, Chubb rushed for 1,547 yards (good for second in the conference), while his 14 rushing TDs tied for the highest rushing scores in the league, indicating that he will be a player to watch. Mind you, Chubb’s numbers were skewed by the fact that Todd Gurley was the main running back. With Gurley now in the NFL, Chubb’s numbers should be tremendously improved. And as far as preparing for the new season goes, the sophomore had a strong performance during spring practice, earning himself the coffee county award which recognizes players with the strongest desire during training. Combine that with the fact that Chubb carries an eight-game streak of 100-plus rushing yards into the new season, the ceiling couldn’t be higher for the 5-10, 220-pound speedster who exploded for a 266-yard in the rout of Louisville in the 2014-15 Belk Bowl.
1. Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU Horned FrogsReturning in 2015 as the highest finisher from the 2014 Heisman voting, Boykin’s reputation precedes him ahead of all candidates in this year’s contention. Over the 2014-15 season, Boykin was a Boy King, throwing for a whopping 3,714 yards and 30 TDs, while rushing for 642 yards and 8 more scores. If he can maximize his ridiculously crazy potential both on the ground and in the air, it would not be a surprise if Boykin throws for 4000-plus yards and 40-plus total TDs, especially if you consider that the majority of his offensive targets from 2014 are back with him in TCU’s dynamic offense. Add that the Horned Frogs are likely to finish among the top-4 teams in the nation, his chances of grabbing the Heisman trophy should be greatly buoyed.
Other Candidates Considered For the Top 5
- Dak Prescott (QB, Mississippi State)
- Leonard Fournette (RB, LSU)
- Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State)
- Derrick Henry (RB, Alabama)
- Jeremy Johnson (QB, Auburn)
- Seth Russell (QB, Baylor)
- Vernon Adams (QB, Oregon).