NCAA Football Odds Heisman Trophy Week 13 Watch
The race for this year’s Heisman Trophy was shaken up once again following Ohio’s State’s horrible performance against Michigan State in Week 12, along with a series of dogfights in the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences. As the 2015-16 season heads into the final stretch with a set of entertaining Week 13 games, here are some of the key players College Football betting fans should watch out for in the battle for the Heisman Trophy Award.
So Who Are on the Week 13 NCAA Football Odds Heisman Trophy Watch
BEST OF THE BEST
Derrick Henry, Alabama, RB
Henry has been the best RB in the nation this year (sorry Leonard Fournette), as he has rushed for 1,526 yards and is impressively averaging 6.1 yards per carry with a whopping 21 TDs to his name. He has scored at least two touchdowns in each of his last five contests and rushed for three 200-yard games in that stretch. Henry had a rather slow start to the season, but vaulted to the top of this list, following his 210-yard, three-TD performance in the Alabama’s 30-16 win over LSU, which was followed by 204 yards with two TDs in the 31-16 win over Mississippi State. In the last Saturday’s game against Charleston Southern, Henry didn’t explode for a big game as was expected, but he still rushed for 68 yards on nine carries and importantly tallied two touchdowns. With Alabama (10-1) looking more likely to reach the playoff with every passing week, Henry should certainly be the hottest pick to claim this award, especially if he can take advantage of Auburn’s leaky rushing defense and lead Alabama to a big win in this Week’s Iron Bowl game.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson, QB
The Heisman Trophy has recently been a QB award and Watson is among the best signal callers to bet on for the award. The Clemson QB has passed the ball for nearly 3,000 yards with 26 TDs plus an additional 642 rushing yards and six scores. Additionally, Watson leads the No.1 team in the nation with an impressive 11-0 record and boasts of 70.1 percent completion rate on the year. He has been impressive for Clemson this campaign, which should keep him in the conversation for this year’s Heisman Trophy race even if there are quarterbacks like Trevone Boykin and Luke Falk, who have better numbers in passing the ball this season.
Corey Coleman, Baylor, WR
Coleman is the top WR in the nation this season and has recorded 66 catches for 1,306 yards with 20 TDs to stay in contention for the Heisman award. He could have actually done better, but the injuries to the Bears’ top two QBs (Seth Russell and Jarrett Stidham) have dented Coleman’s numbers. That said, a solid finish to the season could make him a finalist for this season’s Heisman Trophy Award, especially if the Bears can overcome its QB issues and beat TCU this week to claim a share of the Big 12 title. If he fails to win the Heisman award, Coleman will probably not feel too bad, as he is the favorite to grab the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver.
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
Mayfield has had a good season at Oklahoma as a young starting QB. He has thrown the ball for 3,209 yards with 33 TDs against just five INTs this season. However, Mayfield’s chances of clinching this year’s Heisman award took quite a hit in the Week 12 game against TCU, where he went just 9 of 20 for 127 yards before exiting the game due to a head injury. If he gets healthy and leads Oklahoma past the Oklahoma State Cowboys this week, Mayfield could bump up his NCAAF odds for the Heisman award, especially if his Sooners team claim the Big 12 Crown and make it to the college football playoff.
Keenan Reynolds, Navy, QB
Recent poor performances from Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and LSU’s Leonard Fournette have put Navy’s Reynolds among this year’s top five Heisman’s Trophy hopefuls. The impressive dual-threat QB has already broken the FBS record for most career rushing TDs with 82 scores, earning him a lot of praise as Navy’s best runner in the Midshipmen’s triple-option offense. Entering this week, Reynolds is 66 yards away from breaking Napoleon McCallum’s school record for rushing yards in a career and two scores away from breaking former Wisconsin’s RB Montee Ball’s FBS record of 83 totals TDs. He has racked up 1,009 yards and 18 scores on the ground this season, with his rushing total topping in the nation for a quarterback, and his touchdown total ranking second overall behind Alabama’s star RB Derrick Henry. On the air, he’s collected 652 passing yards and five TDs with zero picks. If Reynolds can go ahead to break the records, you can be sure that his name will be among the finalists for the Heisman award. Reynolds and the Midshipmen will be hosted in Houston this week for a title game berth.
BEST OF THE REST
Leonard Fournette, LSU, RB
Not so long ago, Fournette was among the top players to win this year’s Heisman award at ridiculous odds, but he has tumbled down the charts due to a regressive performance in his recent outings, along with a skidding performance from his LSU team. After securing 15 TDs through his first seven games (with LSU going 7-0 in that period), Fournette has recorded just two scores over his last three games, all those three games ending in losses. Nevertheless, Fournette is the top rusher in the nation with 1582 yards ahead of other Heisman RB hopefuls like Christian McCaffrey and Royce Freeman, who are second and third, respectively, in yardages. In addition, the LSU hot shot has 17 TDs, tied for third-highest in the nation, behind the likes of Henry (21), Reynolds (18), and Joel Bouagnon (18). For his strong start to the season, he is likely to be a finalist, but with Henry’s resurgent performances in recent times, there’s no way this big-built RB will be winning the Heisman, even if he delivers a big game against the Aggies this week.
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, RB
McCaffrey has rushed for 1546 yards with seven TDs on the year. He set a school record with 389 all-purpose yards this season in Stanford’s win over Cal last week, making it hard to ignore him in this year’s Heisman Trophy talks. In that game, he ran for 192 yards on 29 carries, caught a 49-yard TD pass and had three kick returns for 148 yards and a score, leading his team to a much-needed win and underlining his potential as an all-rounded offensive weapon. If McCaffrey replicates such a superb performance against the No.6 Notre Dame this week, he could get plenty of attention in the race for this year’s Heisman’s Trophy battle. On the season, McCaffrey has additionally caught 34 passes for 416 receiving yards and 3 TDs.