Heisman Watch 2012: Latest Odds for Top Candidates and Hopefuls
The college football season is only two weeks in, but there have been some stellar performances that have made fans stand up and take notice.
After a great performance from one of these players, we start to talk about his chances at being a Heisman Trophy candidate.
For example, after West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had an amazing game against Marshall, the public was quick to vault the senior quarterback to the top of this year's Heisman chase.
However, where does Smith stack up against other hopefuls after he sat out a week?
Here are the odds for him and other superstars after the second week of play.
A.J. McCarron, Alabama QB: 35 to 1
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McCarron is a dark horse in this year's Heisman race. He started the season with little fan fare or hype as he was listed at 5Dimes' Sportsbook as 40 to 1 to win this year's Heisman trophy.
After a solid performance in Alabama's opening game against Michigan and a big four-touchdown game against Western Kentucky, he has put himself into an outside chance at winning this year's trophy.
With big games still to come against LSU, Arkansas and Tennessee, McCarron could sneak his way into the finalist group that heads to New York City.
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas QB: 35 to 1
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Wilson's Heisman stock took a huge hit this week when his Razorbacks were upset at home by Louisiana-Monroe. On top of the disappointing loss, Wilson missed the critical moments of their loss at home because of a shoulder injury.
However, according to Arkansas head coach John L. Smith, the news is good for Wilson (via AOL SportingNews):
Smith said Wilson stayed in Little Rock following the loss, but that his prognosis is good heading into this week’s game with No. 1 Alabama. The senior missed the second half of the overtime loss, throwing for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns before exiting at halftime.
De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon RB: 30 to 1
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Thomas started the season with 26-to-1 odds on him winning this year's Heisman. He has played very well in his first two games, scoring five total touchdowns in two games. However, where he is coming up short is his workload in the Oregon offense.
In those two games, Thomas has only touched the ball 18 times, while fellow running back Kenjon Barner carried the ball 34 times against Fresno State.
If Thomas doesn't increase his work in the Oregon offense, he could continue to slide down the Heisman odds.
Denard Robinson, Michigan QB: 25 to 1
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Robinson started this year with a ton of Heisman hype with a 10-to-1 chance at winning. However, after struggling against Alabama, his stock took a huge hit to—and I'm guessing here—somewhere in the range of 35- or 40-to-1.
After he had a typical 400 combined yards game against Air Force, you should see Robinson's Heisman odds creep back up near where he started at this season.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma QB: 22 to 1
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Jones came into this season with 10-to-1 odds that he would be the second-straight Big 12 quarterback to hold the Heisman Trophy at the end of the year.
However, Jones struggled in Oklahoma's first game against UTEP, only throwing for two touchdowns and 222 yards. That should have dropped his odds from 10 to 1 to somewhere around 20 to 1.
For a second consecutive week, Jones continued to have mediocre play as he only had two touchdowns and 252 yards against Florida A&M.
The slow but consistent play has hurt Jones through two weeks of the season, thus sending him down the Heisman odds rankings.
Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina RB: 20 to 1
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Lattimore took a step back this week as he had a sub-par game against East Carolina with 43 yards and only one touchdown.
Yes, South Carolina fans know that they were resting Lattimore and his surgically repaired knee while the passing game was having their way with the East Carolina defense. However, just for this week his odds should take a step back from 19-to-1 to 20-to-1.
Aaron Murray, Georgia QB: 15 to 1
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Murray has done exactly what was expected of him through his first two games of Georgia's 2012 season. Murray has led Georgia to two straight victories while throwing for 500 yards and six touchdowns.
He started this season at 15.5-to-1 odds and should continue to stay there until he starts getting into the meat of Georgia's SEC play.
Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State RB: 10 to 1
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Before the season started, you couldn't find any odds on Bell that were connected to the Heisman Trophy.
However, after two huge games to start his season, he should be right among the leaders for this year's trophy.
Through two games, Bell is in the top 10 of every major rushing category as he's second in attempts (62), tied for fifth in yards (280) and tied for fourth in touchdowns (four).
If Bell can continue this pace through the remainder of Michigan State's season, then he will be a player that makes his way to New York City for the Heisman awards presentation.
Geno Smith, West Virginia QB: 5 to 1
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Smith was everyone's Heisman pick after his opening game stat line of: 32-of-36, 323 yards and four touchdowns with a QB rating of 200.9.
However, he was idle this week, so his odds take a hit from being the favorite to win to being slightly behind our next player.
But fear not, Mountaineers fans, as there is still a ton of football left to play in 2012. By the end of the season, Smith could very easily be the first ever West Virginia player to win the prestigious award.
Matt Barkley, USC QB: 2 to 1
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After two weeks of play, Barkley is your odds-on favorite to win this year's Heisman Trophy.
Through those two games, Barkley has 10 touchdowns (most in college football), with only one interception and a QB rating of 182.3.
Barkley is coming off of a huge stat-filled performance on the road against Syracuse where he threw six touchdowns, leading USC to a big 42-29 victory.
If you want to pick a favorite to win the Heisman after the two games in 2012, then the senior from USC is your guy to hold up the trophy in December.