Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett No. 2 in way-too-early 2017 Heisman odds

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The college football season just ended two weeks ago, but we already miss it, right? With the 2017 season a short eight months away, Bovada has released their 2017 Heisman Trophy odds. On the list is Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett, who, at 6-to-1, has the second-best odds to win the most important individual trophy in college football. He trails only Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is the favorite in the way-too-early rankings with 11-to-2 odds.

After deciding to return for his fifth and final season, the redshirt senior will lead a young Buckeyes offense once again. Since taking the starting job in 2014 after Braxton Miller suffered a shoulder injury, Barrett has had one of the best careers as a quarterback at Ohio State in school history. In 36 games, he has completed 529-of-840 passes (63 percent), for 6,381 yards, 69 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. He has also ran for 2,465 yards and 31 touchdowns on 491 attempts as well. Barrett has been a threat both with his arm and his legs in his career donning the scarlet and gray.

No. 16 has regressed since his first season in Columbus. His arm has been inconsistent though his running ability has grown. Some could also argue that he has leaned on his ability to run too much. Whether it’s the offensive coordinators that have been at Ohio State the last two seasons after Tom Herman departed for a head coaching job or something else, Barrett seems to be excited about the fact that head coach Urban Meyer brought in two new offensive minds this off-season.

After he was recognized for winning the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year during Sunday’s basketball game, the QB opened up about having two new coaches on the offensive side of the ball, according to Eleven Warriors’ Eric Seger:

“I think sometimes we get set in our ways but change is also a good thing. Change is not always bad,” Barrett said. ““I mean, when you think back in 2013, on the defensive side of the ball we were struggling, and changes were made there. Now look at our defense, you know what I’m saying? So it’s one of those things just trying to keep things new and fresh.”

If Barrett is able to develop and throw the ball down the field, the Heisman will be mere noise compared to the College Football Playoff march he could once again lead the team towards. Still, he will have his hands full. While plenty of talent is in the Zone 6 (wide receivers) room, Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown decided to left early to declare for the NFL Draft. The leading reciever in 2016 is returning is K.J. Hill, who had just 18 catches for 262 yards and a touchdown in 2016. Tight end Marcus Baugh had 24 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

Here are the odds:

  1. QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma: 11-to-2
  2. QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State: 6-to-1
  3. QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville: 7-to-1
  4. QB Sam Darnold, USC: 9-to-1
  5. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State: 10-to-1
  6. QB Jake Browning, Washington: 10-to-1
  7. QB Trace McSorley, Penn State: 10-to-1
  8. QB Deondre Francois, Florida State: 12-to-1
  9. QB Josh Rosen, UCLA: 12-to-1
  10. QB Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State: 12-to-1
  11. QB Jalen Hurts, Alabama: 12-to-1
  12. RB Derrius Grice, LSU: 15-to-1
  13. RB Bo Scarbrough, Alabama: 15-to-1
  14. QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State: 22-to-1
  15. RB Nick Chubb, Georgia: 25-to-1
  16. RB Kamryn Pettway, Auburn: 25-to-1
  17. QB Shane Buechele, Texas: 35-to-1
  18. QB Luke Falk, Washington State: 35-to-1

In the regular season, Ohio State will go against three players on the list: Mayfield, Barkley, and McSorley.