While former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy award by unfurling one of the best seasons that any collegiate quarterback has ever had, the 2020 race to win the Heisman looks like it could turn into a knock-down, drag—out brawl for the ages. With that thought in mind, let’s take a look at my top five 20202 Heisman Trophy candidates right now!
The Top 5 Heisman Trophy Candidates You Should Bet On
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
- Heisman Trophy Odds: +180
Lawrence got off to a relatively slow start last season and tossed eight interceptions in Clemson’s first seven games last season. However, the gifted 6-6, signal-caller picked up his play in a big way to finish the 2019 campaign with 3,665 passing yards, 36 TD tosses and eight interceptions. Lawrence will kick off the 2020 campaign riding the wave of a school-record 239 pass attempts without being picked off. Lawrence might be known as a classic drop-back pocket passer, but he also rushed for 563 yards and nine scores a year ago.
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- Heisman Trophy Odds: +210
Field had an absolutely jaw-dropping 2019 campaign at Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. The five-star recruit played like a genuine superstar despite being a sophomore. Fields ended last season with 3,273 passing yards with a stunning 41 TD tosses and just three interceptions. The dual-threat signal-caller also added 484 rushing yards and another 10 scores on the ground to finish third in last year’s Heisman voting behind winner Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Fields might be listed as the No.2 prohibitive favorite here, but he’s the top pick to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy in the hearts and minds of many!
ChubaHubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
- Heisman Trophy Odds: +600
As a sophomore last season, Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard led the nation in rushing by racking up a stupendous 2,094 rushing yards and finished third in touchdowns with 21 while adding 198 yards on 23 receptions. After forgoing this year’s NFL draft to return to Stillwater. If Hubbard can unfurl another 2,000-yard campaign and the Cowboys can reach the double-digit win mark, Hubbard could really challenge for the Heisman win!
Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma
- Heisman Trophy Odds: +800
Sure, Spencer rattler rarely saw action as a freshman last season as former starter Jalen Hurts had a phenomenal season to finish off his collegiate career, but the fact of the matter is that Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley has produced two Heisman winners (Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray) and another runner-up finish (hurts) over the last three seasons. This clearly means that Rattler will have a decent shot to challenge, even in his first year as the starter in Norman. Despite standing a modest 6-0, Rattler was the fourth highest-rated quarterback recruit in the 2019 class. If he comes close to playing anywhere near the levels that Mayfield, Murray and Hurts did the last three seasons, Rattler could surprise in a big way!
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
- Heisman Trophy Odds: None
It’s a shame really that defensive players aren’t really in the running for the Heisman with today’s game and this award being dominated by quarterbacks. No matter, Penn State junior linebacker Micah Parsons is a monster athlete that I expect to be the best defensive player in the country in 2020. Parsons had a phenomenal 2019 campaign by recording a mind-boggling 109 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Defensive player or not, numbers like those are rare and definitely Heisman worthy!