Jameis Winston's Heisman Odds Skyrocket, but Teddy Bridgewater Is New Favorite
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston emphatically entered the Heisman Trophy conversation with a monstrous performance against Pitt Monday night, but it was Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who emerged from Week 1 as the new favorite to take college football's highest individual honor.
RJ Bell of ESPN and Pregame.com tweeted out the new odds from Bovada Tuesday afternoon, with Bridgewater slated as the 5/1 favorite:
Updated Heisman favorites: Bridgewater 5/1; Braxton Miller 13/2; Johnny Manziel 15/2. Clowney down to 15/1 - via bovada— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) September 3, 2013
CollegeFootballTalk also broke down the numbers from Bovada which tab Winston at 10/1 odds, where he is tied with Miami running back Duke Johnson.
Separating Bridgewater and Winston are four more quarterbacks.
Oregon signal-caller Marcus Mariota and Clemson's Tajh Boyd are knotted up at 8/1 just behind Miller and Manziel.
Meanwhile, after a rough first game, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney fell to 15/1, where he still has the best odds of any defensive player.
Bridgewater will face a favorable schedule as he looks to guide Louisville to a BCS berth in the new American Athletic Conference.
The Cardinals' schedule currently doesn't feature a single ranked team and two AAC teams, Connecticut and South Florida, fell to FCS opponents over the weekend.
Given the relatively easy road, Bridgewater should have no problem posting more enormous performances similar to the one he gave in Week 1. Sunday against Ohio, the junior went 23-of-28 for 355 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.
Winston had previously closed at 33/1 odds and as Bleacher Report's Adam Kramer tweeted, the FSU quarterback was bound to see those odds explode after his debut against Pitt.
Curious to see where Jameis Winston's Heisman odds are tomorrow. He closed at 33/1, and you might not get that ever again.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 3, 2013
In his first collegiate game, the Hueytown, Ala. native finished 25-of-27 passing for 356 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, while also adding a score on the ground.
Likely detracting from Winston's odds are his youth and the difficult competition FSU is set to face this season. The Seminoles will travel to No. 4 Clemson on Oct. 19 and No. 12 Florida on Nov. 30.
If all goes well, the Seminoles will also have to play for the Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Thanks to the high-profile schedule, Winston is poised to spend plenty of time in the spotlight, giving him numerous opportunities to impress Heisman voters.
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