This Saturday, the annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony will be held at the PlayStation Theater in New York City, NY, with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN.
For the first time in several years, one player seems to have all but run away with the award, as LSU’s Joe Burrow has come out of nowhere to lead his team to first place in the penultimate AP poll and the top seed in the 2019 College Football Playoff.
2019 Heisman Trophy Candidates
- Joe Burrow – QB, Louisiana State University (Senior)
- Justin Fields – QB, Ohio State University (Sophomore)
- Jalen Hurts – QB, Oklahoma University (Senior)
- Chase Young – DL, Ohio State University (Junior)
Of course, at the beginning of the season, most USA sportsbook sites had Burrow as an afterthought, giving him around +10000 odds to win the award. Following an underwhelming 2018 campaign, the Louisiana transplant was trending far behind Heisman frontrunners Trevor Lawrence of Clemson and Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama.
Burrows’ stock increased after a slow start to the 2019 season for Lawrence, though Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts (himself a transfer from the Crimson Tide) was the first-half favorite to win the award.
Back then, much of the talk around the water cooler was how the Sooners could become the first team to produce three straight Heisman winners, as quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won the coveted trophy in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
But all that changed after OU got sucker-punched by unranked Kansas State in Week 9 and Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury during a Week 12 tilt against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Since that moment, Burrow has been the clear frontrunner.
Of course, given that Burrow and the Tigers beat Alabama one week before Tua’s injury, the LSU quarterback was already favored with that signature victory.
But not like he is now.
Today, at most NCAA sportsbooks, Burrow is pulling -20000 odds or more to win the Heisman, obliterating the relative parity we’ve seen for the award in recent years. And naturally, when sportsbooks release their 2020 NFL Draft odds, you can expect Burrow to be at the top of those boards, too.
2019 Heisman Trophy Odds To Win
- Joe Burrow -25000
- Justin Fields +2500
- Jalen Hurts +2500
- Chase Young +4000
The 2019 Heisman race, for being such a foregone conclusion, is actually the first since 2016 to feature more than three finalists, and Chase Young is the first defensive player to be nominated since then, as well. Young is also the first defensive lineman to make the cut since Ndamukong Suh was invited 10 years ago.
Despite Burrow’s status, you can also bet on these (probable) runners up via a host of proposition bets. The top US books offer several Heisman props, giving football betting fans a chance to have some fun with the rest of the field.
2019 Heisman Trophy Prop Bets
Will Joe Burrow receive all first place votes and be a be a unanimous Heisman winner?
- Yes +1600
- No -100000
Exact finishing order of Heisman voting
- 1st Burrow, 2nd Hurts, 3rd Young, 4th Fields +300
- 1st Burrow, 2nd Fields, 3rd Young, 4th Hurts +325
- 1st Burrow, 2nd Fields, 3rd Hurts, 4th Young +350
- 1st Burrow, 2nd Hurts, 3rd Fields, 4th Young +350
- 1st Burrow, 2nd Young, 3rd Hurts, 4th Fields +500
- 1st Burrow, 2nd Young, 3rd Fields, 4th Hurts +500
- Any other result +2200
Who will finish 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting?
- Jalen Hurts +115
- Justin Fields +120
- Chase Young +200
- Joe Burrow +2000
Who will finish 3rd in the Heisman Trophy voting?
- Chase Young +120
- Jalen Hurts +130
- Justin Fields +145
- Joe Burrow +15000
Who will finish 4th in the Heisman Trophy voting?
- Justin Fields +110
- Chase Young +145
- Jalen Hurts +145
- Joe Burrow +10000
Who will the Heisman Trophy winner mention first in his speech?
- Other Finalists +220
- Teammates +300
- God +375
- Family Or Family Members +450
- School Or School Administrators +850
- Coach +900
- Heisman Trophy Trust +950
- Heisman Voters +950
- Fans +1800
2019 Heisman Award Ceremony Quick Facts
- Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
- Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
- Place: New York City, NY
- Venue: PlayStation Theater
- Broadcast: ESPN
- Streaming: WatchESPN