Heisman is Lamar Jackson’s to Lose
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The online NCAA betting season is in full swings and this season has been unpredictable at times, but most of the top 4 schools were expected to do great this year. Of course, as with any college football season, at the end there will be a national champion as well as a Heisman trophy recipient. Most college football betting sites are predicting that the Alabama Crimson Tide will take the title, but what do they have to say about Heisman predictions?
Deshaun Watson entered the season as the online NCAA betting favorite to win the Heisman, but as things stand now, it’s Louisville’s quarterback, Lamar Jackson who is the frontrunner to win the great award in 2016. In fact, the odds are tilted so much in Jackson’s favor that it would take a miracle the size of the leviathan to get another result. For a while it seemed that the Trophy was up for grabs, but his 7 touchdowns against Boston College put him in a conversation of his own. Some sportsbooks have gone as far as to list Jackson the -2000 favorite to win the Heisman, a testament to how much further Jackson has propelled himself than his competition. Of course it would take divine intervention for another candidate to take the Trophy, but we have seen stranger events this year.
At least in the other sports that online NCAA betting fans like to tune in for. Take baseball for example. This year’s World Series was so unexpected, and so thrilling, that it will go down in history as one of the best World Series of all time. Of course, the other Heisman candidates; Deshaun Watson, Jabrill Peppers, Jake Browning, and J.T. Barrett, will need the kind of luck the Cubs had when they came back from a 3-1 deficit, if they are serious about overcoming Jackson as the frontrunner to win the award. It wouldn’t be unfathomable however; after all, the Cavaliers also came back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals. Perhaps 2016 is the year of comebacks. (Don’t tell that to the Cleveland Browns they might get excited.)
Right now the Heisman Trophy is Jackson’s to lose. It’s unlikely that Jackson will deliver a performance that will drive him out of the conversation. What is much more likely is that the young athlete suffer an injury, and is forced to watch from the sideline as other talents begin to make a name for themselves. That would be terrible of course, but when one engages in betting you have to consider all the possibilities. Next in line behind Jackson are Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson and Michigan’s own Jabrill Peppers – who plays safety. Watson has put up better numbers this season than last year, when he finished 3rd in Heisman voting. However, right now he is far behind Jackson in the Heisman race.