Through two games this season, the more the country watches Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins sling the ball all over the field, the more impressed everyone seems to become with the first-year starter. After his odds to win the Heisman Trophy at season’s end improved drastically following the season opener, they took a tiny step backward following his impressive performance in Week 2. It’s not due to anything Haskins did (or didn’t) do so far this season, it’s just that Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier have taken on more of the load in their favor.
Heading into the third week of college football season, Haskins’ odds have slightly dropped from 6-to-1 following the opening week of the season to 13-to-2, per Bovada. Although his odds have decreased by a very slim margin, the redshirt sophomore still has the third-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy at the end of the season.
Let’s take a look at the top-10 odds to win the Heisman Trophy heading into Week 3:
- QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 333-to-100
- QB Will Grier, West Virginia: 9-to-2
- QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: 13-to-2
- RB Johnathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 9-to-1
- QB Trace McSorley, Penn State: 19-to-2
- QB McKenzie Milton, UCF: 12-to-1
- QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: 12-to-1
- RB Bryce Love, Stanford: 16-to-1
- RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia: 22-to-1
- QB Justin Herbert, Oregon: 25-to-1
In Ohio State’s dominant performance over Rutgers last Saturday, the gunslinger completed 20-of-23 passes for 233 yards and four touchdowns in just over two quarters of playing time. While the Buckeyes have yet to take on a legitimate opponent, you can also argue that given the two blowouts, the starters, including Haskins, have only played around five total quarters, compared to others who have played all eight.
Although they are seemingly out of the hunt unless something bad happens to multiple players, Haskins isn’t the only Buckeye on the list. Running back J.K. Dobbins (50-to-1) and defensive end Nick Bosa (100-to-1) to give Haskins some plenty of scarlet and gray on the list.
Although Bosa is arguably the best defensive end in the country and one of college football’s best players, the junior doesn’t believe he has any chance to win the Heisman Trophy because he is a defensive player. But that doesn’t bother him.
“I mean, I’m just trying to play well on film,” he said following Wednesday’s practice. “I’m just trying to make every play that I’m out there a good play and not give anybody anything bad to say about me. The hype is just whatever.
“I don’t think any defensive player is winning a Heisman, so … we’ll see, but I don’t know who votes for it.”
Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano agrees.
“I’d love to say, ‘Yeah, let’s get a defensive player in there.’ But I think there’s only been one in how many years. The reality is it’s more of an offensive award because it’s easier to chart, Schiano said of Bosa’s chances at winning college football most prestigious award. “It’s easier to make a big deal of touchdowns and rushing yardage and passing yardage, and I understand that.
“Nick is a dominant player in college football right now for sure. There are awards for that, as well.”
For those keeping score at home, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson’s increased following Week 2, one week after his odds took a huge hit due to Notre Dame dominating the Wolverines the first week of the season. 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. Now, he’s at 50-to-1, the 21st-best odds in the country.
With Ohio State set to take on TCU in a Texas-sized showdown featuring two top-15 teams at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Saturday night, it will not only give the Buckeyes to prove just how good they are (and can be) against a legitimate opponent, but it will also give a player like Haskins a chance to prove that he can still play very well even against a very good Horned Frogs squad.