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Heisman Watch: Dwayne Haskins drops back to third ahead of Week 6

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With seemingly all of college football watching, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins shined his brightest when it mattered most last Saturday at Penn State, leading the scarlet and gray to a comeback victory in one of the toughest environments for an away team in the country. It was a team effort, but the gunslinger being able to lead the Buckeyes to back-to-back touchdown drives to erase a 12-point deficit in the final nine minutes of the game received plenty of attention.

Although he did that, the redshirt sophomore’s Heisman Trophy odds slipped a bit, falling back to the third-best odds again at 15-to-4, according to Bovada.

The top-10 Heisman odds:

  • QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 20-to-21
  • QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: 7-to-2
  • QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: 15-to-4
  • QB Will Grier, West Virginia: 11-to-2
  • QB McKenzie Milton, UCF: 20-to-1
  • RB Johnathan Taylor, Wisconsin: 22-to-1
  • QB Trace McSorley, Penn State: 25-to-1
  • RB Bryce Love, Stanford; QB Justin Herbert, Oregon: 40-to-1
  • QB Drew Lock, Missouri; RB Benny Snell, Jr., Kentucky: 60-to-1

In Happy Valley last weekend, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback started just 5-for-14 for 31 yards with an interception, leading to Ohio State’s offense looking very stagnant. He finished the game completing 17-of-25 passes for 239 yards and three touchdowns, including a solid 15-for-23 for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. During those fantastic final two touchdown drives, Haskins was 6-for-8 for 133 yards and two touchdowns. If college football didn’t know already, he proved that he is, in fact, the real deal. Although his odds decreased a bit, if Haskins can continue to lead the Buckeyes to wins, he will not only stay among the top-3 odds but has a chance to overtake the top two players as well.

Unless Alabama loses or Tagovailoa does terrible in a game, which seems unlikely, the quarterback seems to have the Heisman Trophy locked up just five games into the season. Plenty can change, but with the Crimson Tide’s dominance so far, it will be a tough hill to climb for any other player to catch up to what the first-year starter has brought Alabama.

Surprisingly, McSorley, who did all he could to try and make sure his Nittany Lions upset Ohio State Saturday night, saw his odds fall from 16-to-1 all the way to 25-to-1. Whether it was running the ball or throwing it, the quarterback had one heck of a game. It seems as though Penn State losing seemed to affect him far more than how he played though. Haskins and McSorley isn’t the only one who saw his odds decrease even after an impressive game. It seems as though players not named Tagovailoa or Murray saw their odds decrease ahead of Week 6.

To no one’s surprise, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is no longer listed. On the other hand, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins is back in the top-18 odds at 200-to-1. Another new player on the list is Kentucky running back Benny Snell, Jr. With the Wildcats doing so well and still undefeated paired with Snell’s dominance, he will likely continue to climb the rankings at least a little bit as long as the Wildcats remain undefeated.

According to ESPN experts, Haskins’ has an even slimmer chance to win college football’s most prestigious award at season’s end than what Bovada has given him. Haskins received just 16 points in the Experts’ Poll, behind Tagovailoa (43 points, seven first-place votes), Murray (38 points, one first-place vote), and Grier (32 points, one first-place vote).

Haskins can’t worry about this though. If he continues his performance on the field and helps lead Ohio State to an undefeated record, all the other things will fall into place.

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