The 2020 college football regular season has come to a close. That means that the players who were putting together their arguments for the Heisman Trophy have made their case and all that’s left is for the voting to happen. The online betting odds show that Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith is favored to win the Heisman Trophy. Is he a good bet to do so or is there value with someone else? Let’s take a closer look at these college football futures.
DeVonta Smith – Alabama Crimson Tide
Heisman Trophy Odds: -200
DeVonta Smith is one of three Alabama players that make this list. The wide receiver was mostly a longshot but he’s the frontrunner thanks to an incredible SEC Championship Game. Smith finished with 15 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. On the year, that gives him 98 catches for 1,511 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The challenge is wide receivers rarely win this award. The last time a wideout won it was in 1991 when Desmond Howard captured it for Michigan. Smith’s numbers are eye-poppingly good. The question is does he actually deserve the top spot over his own quarterback?
Mac Jones – Alabama Crimson Tide
Heisman Trophy Odds: +125
Jones appears to be offering some good value here at +125. For the better part of the season, Jones was favored to win this award. Of course, things started off with Trevor Lawrence as the favorite and then Justin Fields emerged, and then Kyle Trask had a good chance. However, Jones took over and has been in the driver’s seat for quite some time.
To start, he’s the quarterback on the top team in the country, who is also favored to win the National Championship. He finished with 3,739 passing yards and 32 touchdowns – both of which are second-most in the country – and four interceptions. It’ll be hard to pass up on the quarterback of a team that is No. 1 in the nation and is undefeated. There could be some value here with Jones.
Najee Harris – Alabama Crimson Tide
Heisman Trophy Odds: +650
Harris is the Tide’s lead running back and he’s going to have a case to make for the Heisman Trophy. Taking a look at his numbers, they’re quite ridiculous. He finished the season with 1,262 yards on just 214 attempts while compiling a whopping 24 rushing touchdowns. He also added in 316 receiving yards along with three more touchdowns. His averages are awesome, too. He’s at 5.9 yards per carry and 9.9 yards per reception.
Harris is a distant third behind Jones and Smith, though, so he might not be the wisest bet here.
Trevor Lawrence – Clemson Tigers
Heisman Trophy Odds: +1600
Lawrence is still in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy but it’s pretty clear he’s a longshot. To start, his team finished No. 2 in the nation behind Alabama, so that’s working against him. The Tigers also lost a game – albeit, in a game that Lawrence wasn’t able to play due to COVID-19. At the same time, he’s a longshot in the sportsbook because he missed a couple of games due to the virus. His 2,753 passing yards are far behind Jones and he only had 22 touchdowns. Lawrence is on this list as an honorable mention but he’s not a good bet to win the award.