Following a dominant five-touchdown, 313-yard record-setting performance in the Ohio State Buckeyes season-opening win over Oregon State last Saturday, quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ Heisman Trophy odds improved drastically with his impressive starting debut.
Outside of Columbus, Haskins seemed to be off the radar for much of the offseason, even after leading the Buckeyes to a comeback win over Michigan after J.T. Barrett was forced out of the game due to an injury last fall. Just one start into his college career, one that included being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and being named a Manning Award Star of the Week, it seems as though the many more people know who the redshirt sophomore is now.
Although Bovada listed him as having the fourth-best odds (11-to-1) to win the Heisman prior to the season, he only moved up one spot after the first week of the season. But that wasn’t the big news. The big news is that following his starting debut, his odds to win college football’s most prestigious individual trophy at season’s end increased from 11-to-1 to 6-to-1 in just one week.
Here are the top-10 odds to win the Heisman Trophy heading into Week 2:
- QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 4-to-1
- QB Will Grier, West Virginia: 5-to-1
- QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: 6-to-1
- QB Trace McSorley, Penn State: 9-to-1
- RB Johnathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 10-to-1
- QB McKenzie Milton, UCF: 11-to-1
- RB Bryce Love, Stanford: 12-to-1
- QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: 18-to-1
- QB Justin Herbert, Oregon: 22-to-1
- QB Khalil Tate, Arizona; QB Jake Fromm, Georgia; RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia: All at 25-to-1
After Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins totaled just 74 yards on 15 carries while his teammate, Mike Weber, had 20 carries for 186 yards and three touchdowns, Dobbins’ Heisman odds took quite a downward turn. During the preseason, the running back had 40-to-1 odds to win the most prestigious individual award in college football, good for ninth-best in the country. After the season opener, the sophomore’s odds dropped all the way to 50-to-1, just inside the top 20 at No. 18. Defensive end standout Nick Bosa’s odds are now at 200-to-1, previously 125-to-1. Weber has yet to be given any odds, but that could change if he continues his dominant performance and carries some momentum from Week 1.
For those wondering about possible Michigan players who may be in the Heisman race: Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson’s odds took quite a blow following his team’s loss to Notre Dame in South Bend last Saturday. During the preseason, the senior was at 20-to-1, good for 11th best in the country. One week into the season, those odds have fallen all the way to 65-to-1, good for 22nd.
We’re just one week into the season, but if Haskins continues to improve and learn from his mistakes, he may just end up in New York at the Heisman Trophy celebration.