Early NCAA Football Betting Favorites for the Heisman Trophy

Posted by Alex Murphy on September 11, 2015 in

It’s wise to take early Heisman Trophy online betting articles with a grain of salt – or maybe even a whole shaker of salt. After all, after Week 1 in 2014, we were all excited about Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill. Remember him? He had stepped into the giant shoes of Johnny Manziel and directed the Aggies to a surprising 52-28 rout of South Carolina – on the road. He completed 73 percent of his passes, tossing for 511 yards and three scores. He got the nickname “Kenny Trill” and ended up on many Heisman Watch lists. Hill would lead Texas A&M to a 5-0 start. However, the team then dropped three in a row, as he threw six interceptions. He then violated team rules and earned a two-game suspension. Freshman quarterback Kyle Allen replaced him on top of the depth chart at quarterback. Hill ended up transferring to TCU. Why the story? Because Week 1 results are fickle and unreliable. However, that won’t stop us from using this small sample to talk about who might win the Heisman at the end of this long campaign.

Who are the Early NCAA Football Betting Favorites for the Heisman Trophy

Trevone Boykin – TCU

Boykin had a decent opening week, especially with a game at Minnesota. He went 26 for 42, with 246 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 92 yards and scored on the ground. That rushing touchdown came on a 19-yard scamper in the third quarter, opening up a tight contest and leading the Horned Frogs to a 23-17 victory. However, those 23 points are a worrying sign. Also, the Horned Frogs averaged 6.63 yards per play in 2014, ranking #11 in the nation. Against Minnesota, they only averaged 5.22 yards per play. TCU and Boykin have two fairly easy games coming up – Stephen F. Austin and SMU – to help them develop their offensive rhythm.

Derrick Henry – Alabama

The running back was largely a disappointment in the Sugar Bowl last year. Henry did average 7.3 yards per carry, but he didn’t get the ball much after halftime. However, on Saturday against Wisconsin, he showed that he could dominate a game in their new scheme. The Tide shuffled back and forth between quarterbacks Cooper Bateman and Jake Coker, but Henry was a rock, running for three touchdowns and 147 yards on only 13 carries. When he ran for a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter, he broken a scoreless game open. He opened the second half with a 56-yard score to put the Tide up 21-7.  Because the Tide don’t have a strong quarterback right now, there is room for a running back to slide in and become the focus of the offense.

Jeremy Johnson – Auburn

One player on his way down is Jeremy Johnson, the quarterback at Auburn. He has been compared to Cam Newton, but he didn’t show a whole lot of that on Saturday. He did run for the first touchdown of the game and throw for another, and he appeared comfortable when he was in the pocket. However, he also threw three interceptions, the last of which was a pick-six that brought Louisville back within two touchdowns. The mistakes are fixable, but Johnson needs to fix them now to be a Heisman contender.