2019 Heisman Trophy Odds: Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa Early Favorites

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2019

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) throws a pass in the first half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl semi-final playoff football game against Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)
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The easiest way for a quarterback to rise to the top of next year's Heisman Trophy odds is by putting on a dominant performance in the College Football Playoff Championship Game. 

Per Bovada (h/t B/R Betting), Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a +285 favorite (bet $100 to win $285) to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, followed by Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa at +350 and Georgia's Jake Fromm +850:

Lawrence had one of the best seasons ever by a true freshman quarterback. He led the Tigers to a 15-0 record by throwing for 3,280 yards and 30 touchdowns. The Georgia native went 47-of-71 for 674 yards and six touchdowns in playoff wins over undefeated Notre Dame and Alabama squads. 

Tagovailoa was able to springboard to superstardom in two quarters and overtime last January. He led Alabama's 26-23 comeback victory over Georgia in the College Football Playoff Championship with 166 passing yards and three touchdowns after taking over for Jalen Hurts. 

The Crimson Tide sophomore carried that momentum into 2018. He was the runner-up in Heisman voting with 3,966 passing yards and 43 touchdowns. 

Clemson and Georgia have multiple Heisman favorites among the top seven candidates. Bulldogs running back D'Andre Swift and Tigers running back Travis Etienne are tied with +950 odds. 

If it's possible to have a sleeper in the top seven Heisman favorites, Texas' Sam Ehlinger at +1000 is hard to resist.

The Longhorns found their footing with a 10-4 record in Tom Herman's second season. Ehlinger took a huge leap forward in his sophomore year, throwing for 3,292 yards, running for 482 yards and accounting for 41 total touchdowns. 

If Oklahoma loses reigning Heisman winner Kyler Murray, either to Major League Baseball or the NFL, the Big 12 could shift to Texas for the first time since 2009. 

Even though the confetti has barely settled on Clemson's title win, it's ever too early to think about what will happen when college football returns in August. The Heisman race will have plenty of twists and turns, but there's a strong group of contenders at the top to take home the sport's greatest individual honor.

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