2016 Heisman Trophy Odds

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2015 Heisman Trophy finalists Deshaun Watson of the Clemson Tigers and Christian McCaffrey of the Stanford Cardinal fell short last year but hope to break through this season and win college football’s most prestigious individual award.

Watson, a junior quarterback for the Tigers, is the 3/1 favorite on the odds to win the Heisman after leading his school to its first national championship appearance since 1981 last year as a sophomore.

Stanford’s McCaffrey is tied with Leonard Fournette of the LSU Tigers as the 4/1 second choice. Both junior running backs are trying to follow Derrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide as the only players at their position to win it over the past decade. Henry broke a five-year Heisman reign by quarterbacks, and the previous running back to win it (Mark Ingram) was also a member of the Tide.

McCaffrey finished strong last season, placing second in Heisman voting behind Henry following a sophomore campaign that saw him rush for 2,019 yards.

Fournette got off to a fast start and was the early Heisman frontrunner in 2015 before getting outplayed by Henry in a 30-16 loss at Alabama last November 7. LSU was 7-0 at the time, but Fournette totaled only 31 yards on 19 carries compared to 210 on 38 for Henry.

The Tigers went on to lose three in a row, ending Fournette’s Heisman bid. Running backs have not won the Heisman in consecutive years since 1998 and 1999.

Other top quarterbacks in the mix in addition to Watson include J.T. Barrett of the Ohio State Buckeyes at 10/1, Chad Kelly of the Ole Miss Rebels at 12/1 and Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners at 14/1.

Barrett will be the man in Columbus this season after splitting time with Cardale Jones last year and should be the team’s best player with running back Ezekiel Elliott also moving on to the NFL.

Meanwhile, Kelly is the SEC’s best returning signal caller, throwing for 4,042 yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior for the Rebels. Mayfield led the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals as a junior after sitting out a year after transferring from the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Mayfield threw for 311 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in Oklahoma’s 37-17 loss to Watson and Clemson, although his team should be back among the nation’s elite in 2016.

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.