Heisman Trophy Betting: Early Odds Favor Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, right, stands with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher while holding the Heisman Trophy after winning the award on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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After becoming the youngest player ever to claim the Heisman Trophy last season, Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston kicks off the 2014 season as a 9-2 favorite to repeat.

It was a dream season for Winston, who led the Seminoles to the national championship, earning MVP honors for his performance in the game. The 20-year-old threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2013, and is a 2-3 bet to lead the ACC in passing touchdowns this year.

Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota remains neck-and-neck with Winston in Heisman Trophy betting, with odds of 5-1. Since Mariota took over the starting job in 2012, the Ducks have posted an outstanding 23-3 record and enter the new season closely trailing the Seminoles in college football futures betting with odds of 15-2 to emerge as this year’s national champions.

UCLA Bruins QB Brett Hundley rounds out the top-three favorites in Heisman Trophy wagering with odds of 10-1. The 21-year-old had been touted as the top QB prospect prior to the 2014 NFL Draft, but opted to return to UCLA this season for his junior year.

Named the MVP of the 2013 Sun Bowl, Hundley threw for 2845 yards and 22 TDs last season, while rushing for an additional 587 yards and nine TDs. The Bruins are favored by 21 points at Virginia Saturday.

Three players trail the leaders with odds of 12-1 to win this season’s Heisman Trophy, including Baylor Bears QB Bryce Petty, Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon and Auburn Tigers QB Nick Marshall.

Petty was named last season’s Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year after leading Baylor to a record 11 victories and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Baylor opens this weekend as huge favorites against SMU, a team they have handled four times since 1995, and he could get a head start on the Heisman race.

Gordon ran for 1609 yards and 12 TDs in 2013, and is a 10/13 college football props betting favorite to amass over 1554.5 total rushing yards in 2014.

Marshall, who led the Tigers to victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in last season’s Iron Bowl, threw for 1976 yards and 14 TDs in 2013, to go along with an eye-popping 1068 rushing yards and 12 TDs. With Marshall again at the helm, the betting line on Auburn’s regular-season win total is set at 9, with the OVER favored with moneyline odds of 20-27.

Stats and odds courtesy of Odds Shark.