The Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t been themselves on offense over the last few weeks. Their inconsistencies have been well documented and now, it seems as though those struggles have cost quarterback Dwayne Haskins a spot in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony as well.
The redshirt sophomore saw his odds to win the Heisman at season’s end fall all the way to 100-to-1, by far the worst odds he has had since entering the discussion prior to the season.
The nine candidates listed on Bovada:
Although the Buckeyes beat Michigan State by 20 in East Lansing last weekend, the offense struggled for much of the game, especially Haskins. He completed 24-of-39 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. That performance came after he struggled against Nebraska as well. He may break plenty of single-season school records, but in terms of the Heisman, the competition is just too good and it appears as though Haskins cannot keep up anymore.
Just like Haskins, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson also saw his odds fall, just not as far. Patterson’s odds fell from 14-to-1 to 20-to-1. He remained with the fourth-best odds after Haskins’ odds dropped dramatically, though. The Game already holds plenty of intrigue, especially considering what’s at stake and the fact that Michigan could still be the No. 4-ranked team in the country, but the Haskins-Patterson competition just adds to it. Plenty is on the line in eight days and those two will likely play a major role in who wins college football’s biggest rivalry this season.
Bovada isn’t the only one who believes Haskins is not only out of the Heisman race, but will no longer finish in the top three and therefore not be invited to New York. Although he is tied with the fifth-most points and not in sixth, the Ohio State gunslinger received just four points from 10 experts, which is tied with Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Tua Tagovailoa (48 points, eight first-place votes), Kyler Murray (42 points, two first-place votes), Will Grier (26 points), and Gardner Minshew (20 points) round out the top four. For much of the last two months, Tua has received all 10 first-place votes. That’s no longer the case. While Bovada may have him as a big favorite, the race for the Heisman may be closer than it currently appears.
Unless Haskins and Ohio State dominate Maryland and Michigan to finish out the regular season and something drastic takes place, it appears that the quarterback won’t even be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation.