Odds For 2013 Heisman Trophy Race
- QB Johnny Manziel (5 to 1). Manziel was the first ever freshman to win the award last season after being one of the nations leading passers and rushers, while playing in the extremely tough SEC. Only one player has ever won
multiple Heisman Trophies, so that is working against Manziel, but if he improves upon his numbers and the Aggies win or finish near the top of the SEC it could be tough to not give him the award.
- QB AJ McCarron (8 to 1). No Alabama QB has broken 3.000 yards under Saban, but that should change this year with McCarron. McCarron had a ridiculous 30 TD to 3 INT ratio last year to go along with a very good completion
percentage and yards per attempt. If he further improves this year, and they win the SEC again, McCarron could win.
- QB Marcus Mariota (9 to 1). Mariota is a dual threat QB, and has a good shot to see his numbers increase this year despite the coaching change for the Ducks. He's the best quarterback Oregon has had in years, and he should
continue to see his passing and rushing numbers rise.
- QB Braxton Miller (10 to 1). Miller plays for a legitimate National Title contender and is the only quarterback (on this list) who could challenge Manziel as a rusher. As a thrower Miller is at the bottom of the list, and while his numbers
should be good, they likely won't be great. One major positive is HC Urban Meyer, who helped Tim Tebow win the Heisman in 2007 and have two other top 5 finishes.
- The Field (10 to 1). Though there are 11 very deserving names on this list there are easily another 20 guys who can make a very strong case. In addition to some of the big remaining names like QB Aaron Murray, RB Ka'Deem Carey,
there is always the chance for a surprise name or two to make the list.
- RB Todd Gurley (12 to 1). Gurley is part of a two-headed monster at RB, but that hasn't prevented RB's to win the award in the past (ex. Mark Ingram). He burst on to the scene last year as a true freshman rushing for a 6.24 yards
per attempt average and scoring 17 times. He should get more attempts this year and should be more involved in the passing game.
- QB Tajh Boyd (12 to 1). Boyd had nearly 3.900 yards and 36 TD's through the air last year. He also added 500+ yards and 10 TD's on the ground. Last year his interceptions were a little high, but if he brings those down this season
with just some minor improvements he could become a solid contender. A big key will be if Clemson can win the ACC this year.
- RB De'Anthony Thomas (13 to 1). Thomas is one of the most explosive players in college football and now should be a featured player with Barner in the NFL. Thomas in just 91 carries had 700 yards and 11 TD's. He should get well
over 200 carries this year, as well as being one of the most targeted players on the team. Thomas will also add some return ability as well, as he already has 4 return TD's in two years.
- QB Brett Hundley (13 to 1). Hundley had a big year as a RS freshman throwing for over 3r600 yards and 29 TD's. He added 350 yards and 9 TD's on the ground for the Bruins. He has a lot of room for growth, and if he can cut
down on his. turnovers some, while boosting his numbers he will make a strong case. If he can lead UCLA to the top of the conference he could end up the Heisman winner.
- DE Jadeveon Clowney (14 to 1). It's tough for o defensive player who (doesn't return kicks to get into the Heisman race, but Clowney could get into the mix. Manti Te'o finished 2nd last year (Clowney was actually 6th in the voting),
and Clowney could exceed him. Last year Clowney was 2nd in the nation in both sacks and tackles for a loss, if his numbers grow he will make a strong Heisman case. He will also have a lot of NFL Draft buzz which can only help.
- WR Marquis Lee (15 to 1). Lee is actually the highest returning (in a list after Manizel as he finished fourth in the voting in 2012, after he had over 1.700 receiving yards and 15 total TD's. Receivers typically have a tough time
winning the award, and Lee will need an even bigger year if he wants to end up the winner.
- QB Teddy Bridgewater (16 to 1). Bridgewater could end up with the best passing numbers of the bunch and should have considerable hype as a frontrunner for the top pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he could have a tougher road for
the Heisman. Louisville's schedule is ridiculously easy and voters could knock Bridgewater for that reason.
For more, check out Fanspeak's 2013 NCAA Football Guide, coming July 1st | www.fanspeak.com/guides.