2016 Heisman Trophy Future Bet
It is time to take a look at the 2016 College Football top Heisman prospects. I have narrowed down my top five choices to win the award at the end of the season and I will be making a prediction on who I think will win it.
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Top Five Picks to Win the 2016 Heisman Trophy
In no particular order here are my top five picks.
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson | Odds 6/1
A Heisman finalist last year, Watson bounced back from a torn ACL as a freshman to throw for 4,104 yards and 35 TDs and run for 1,105 yards and 12 TDs in 15 games. He lead Clemson to a perfect regular season before the blowout loss to Alabama. In the Championship game he had 405 yards passing and four TDs. Watson is the best quarterback in college football. The big question is will Clemson get back to the playoff. If Clemson is back in and Watson has a season like he did last year. He will win the trophy.
LSU RB Leonard Fournette | Odds 17/2
LSU’s Leonard Fournette battled Henry for the Heisman Trophy in the first half of last season. This year Fournette leads a group of three top contenders this year at 17/2 (bet $200 to win $1,700). Fournette’s started strong and looked ready for a Heisman run until he totaled just 31 yards on 19 carries in a 30-16 loss at Alabama last November.
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey | Odds 7/1
Christian McCaffrey had one of the greatest seasons in college football history last season. He led Stanford in rushing yards, receiving yards and return yards while breaking the record for most yards from scrimmage in history. Even with those numbers he still didn’t win. McCaffrey will not have as much support this year as last with their starting left tackle, left guard and center all leaving for the NFL. However, the biggest loss is four-year starting quarterback Kevin Hogan leaving.
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett | Odds 15/1
JT Barrett is once again the man in Columbus. Barrett has posted massive numbers in his first season as starter, in 2014, before suffering an injury and getting passed by Cardale Jones. Barrett has the ability to win the Heisman, but he will be going after the award without proven talent surrounding him. The Ohio State offense has lost their starting running back, two of their top three receivers, their starting tight end and their starting left tackle. For Barrett to have a chance Ohio State must make the playoffs.
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook | Odds 14/1
Florida State is one of my teams to watch this year. Last year they had a young, unproven offensive line. With that year of experience look for better and more consistent play on offense. Cook ran 229 times for 1,691 yards and 19 TDs and caught 24 passes for 244 yards and a TD, averaging 7.4 yards per carry. One big thing in his favor is he makes the ESPN highlights with big plays (13 runs of 30-plus yards).
2016 Heisman Trophy Futures Pick
In the playoff era of College Football, we always have to ask. Who will make the playoffs. The millions of dollars in free publicity that will go to any team in real contention for the College Football National Championship game will dwarf anything the college will be able to to for a player. So, who will make the playoffs? How about who will not make the playoffs as part of the process of elimination. I do not think Stanford has a chance unless they go unbeaten and I do not think they will. I like LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma and Ohio State to make the playoffs.
The Seminoles also have plenty of big games that will attract national interest and get the hype machine going (Ole Miss, Louisville, North Carolina, Miami and Florida). Fournette faces a tough schedule but this year he doesn’t have to play against Alabama. Barrett will need to lead Ohio State to the playoffs and show he is a dominating player to leap over both Cook & Fournette. He will have a top season otherwise I wouldn’t pick Ohio State to make the playoffs but, I just don’t see him putting the type of stats needed to win it all. With Cook & Fournette both having decent odds to win it all I will be betting on BOTH of them. That sounds like cheating but this is about making money and by betting on both I have increased my odds of winning. One big mistake amateurs make in futures betting on players is just taking one guy. This means you are one injury or suspension away from having your bet go up in smoke.