2012 Heisman Trophy Futures: Is Keith Price a Legitimate Contender to Win?

Scott Jack@OddsNerdContributor IMay 28, 2012

Keith Price went under the radar last season, but he's already been receiving a lot of attention this year in the preseason Heisman Trophy futures betting markets. Several experts have released Price on their list of 2012 Heisman Trophy contenders and every college football fan will know who this QB is soon. 

Keith played in his first full year last season with the Washington Huskies.

The team only went 7-6 overall with a 5-4 conference record in the Pac-12, but Price shined in the spotlight. Price completed 66.9% (242-362) of his passes last season for 3063 passing yards, 33 TD's and 11 INT's. He also had a 161.9 QB Rating, which was the seventh best QB rating in college football last season. 

Last season was one of many accomplishments for the young QB.

Price set Huskies' records in passing TDs (33), completion percent (66.9) and QB Rating (161.9) last year.

What many fans remember from last year is the Alamo Bowl game between the Washington Huskies and Baylor Bears. In that game, Price was incredible and definitely outshined Robert Griffin III in the game despite losing. 

Washington lost the Alamo Bowl 67-56 to Baylor last season and it was an exhilarating game that at times seemed like there was literally no defense on the field.

Keith Price threw for 438 passing yards against Baylor in the Alamo Bowl and he also added four passing TDs. The Alamo Bowl wasn't a fluke either, as Price threw four TDs in a total of four games in 2011. 

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Washington HuskiesStephen Dunn/Getty Images

In order for Price to have a chance at winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy this year, I think the Huskies will need to win the Pac-12 Championship at the very least, which is no easy feat.

Washington should do a lot better this year than they did last season, but I don't think they're ready to win the Pac-12 against the likes of the USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks. 

Washington is also going to need to go through some growing pains this season in my opinion.

The team lost their top RB Chris Polk and top WR Jermaine Kearse, which means that Keith will have a lot more pressure and fewer options to work with.

Polk rushed for 1488 yards and 12 TD's while Hearse caught 47 passes for 699 yards and seven TDs. Trying to replace this production will be difficult early on.

In my opinion, I don't think Keith Price is going to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.

He's going to have a big season, but the Huskies aren't a good enough team and won't win enough games to give Price a legitimate shot at winning the award.

According to the betting odds at online sportsbooks, Keith Price is listed at 30/1 to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy while the favourite Barkley is sitting at 4/1.

There is no doubt that there will be action on Price to win the Heisman this year.

I think these odds are high and will drift in closer to the start of the college football season. If Washington can surprise me and contend for the Pac-12 Championship, Price could upset the field in the Heisman race.

He has all of the tools, but I'm not sure if he has enough firepower to throw at this year in Washington.

The Heisman Trophy race this season should be exciting and it wouldn't surprise me if a 30/1 longshot like Keith Price won the award.

More logical predictions for the award this year include Matt Barkley, Montee Ball, Landry Jones, Denard Robinson and Geno Smith of the WVU Mountaineers.

Futures markets are always fun to look at and it means that the college football season is getting close again.  

Scott Jack is a Syndicated Writer for Bleacher Report & also writes his analysis at OddsNerd.com.


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