Much like his team, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins has plenty to prove the last three weeks of the regular season. If the scarlet and gray want to win out, including wins over Michigan in the regular-season finale and whoever they get in the Big Ten championship. the redshirt sophomore must do well. It will not only help his odds to win the Heisman Trophy at season’s end but the better he performs, the more of a chance Ohio State has of winning out.
Then again, according to Bovada, it looks as though it’s just a race for who finishes second and third, with Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa basically having it locked up unless something unforeseen takes place.
The top nine (only nine listed):
- QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 1-to-10
- QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: 6-to-1
- QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State: 14-to-1
- QB Shea Patterson, Michigan: 14-to-1
- QB Will Grier, West Virginia: 18-to-1
- QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State: 50-to-1
- QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson: 66-to-1
- RB Travis Etienne, Clemson: 100-to-1
- QB McKenzie Milton, UCF: 100-to-1
After the Buckeyes and Haskins himself struggled last week against Nebraska, he saw his odds to win the Heisman drop a bit. He passed for just 252 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception while completing 18-of-32 passes for the game.
Considering he and Patterson are tied in the odds, it seems as though unless something changes in the next two weeks, whoever wins the matchup between Haskins’ Buckeyes and Patterson’s Wolverines in the last game of the season may finish in the top three of the Heisman rankings and be invited to New York for the presentation. A lot will be on the line in The Game, including this.
Unless something crazy happens, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will win the Heisman Trophy at season’s end. It’s well deserved. Now, it seems as though the competition will be for who finishes second and third, both of which will still attend New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation. Even if Tua somehow gets injured, Murray hasn’t done enough to prove that deserves it. Then again, after losing Baker Mayfield, the Sooners seemingly haven’t missed a step with their new starting quarterback.
While leading the Crimson Tide to a big-time, shutout win over LSU in Baton Rouge last week’s showdown, he further helped his Heisman odds even if he struggled at times. He may have arguably had his worst game of the season, completing just 25-of-42 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Much like Bovada, ESPN experts also believe that Tagovailoa will win the Heisman at season’s end. They gave him all 10 first-place votes (50 points), while Murray (38 points), and Grier (27) rounded out the top three. Somehow, Haskins has fallen all the way back to sixth in their rankings, just ahead of two defensive linemen.
Tua may have the award locked up, but being invited to the presentation shouldn’t go unnoticed. It’s important and shows just how impressive the three invitees are. While the Buckeyes must continue to win, it would be in Haskins’ best interest to dominate as well.