We're less than 24 hours removed from Monday night's exciting culmination to the 2019-20 college football season, but the oddsmakers aren't wasting any time looking ahead to the future.
The 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game saw Joe Burrow and his Tigers get the better of Trevor Lawrence for the first time in his two-year collegiate career, but next year's national spotlight has already shifted to a 2020 Heisman Trophy race between Lawrence and Ohio State QB Justin Fields, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Heisman Odds 2020-21
Both Fields and Lawrence return to their respective programs with junior status for what will likely be each future NFL prospect's final year in college football, but Fields (+175) boasts the early edge in the Heisman odds over Lawrence (+430).
Beyond the favorites in Fields and Lawrence, Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez and Oklahoma's highly-touted rising sophomore QB Spencer Rattler are tied at +1200 for the third-best Heisman odds.
Former Houston QB D'Eriq King, who surprisingly left the Cougars after Week 4 of the 2019-20 season and recently entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, sits tied with former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman for the fifth-best odds at +1600. On Jan. 11, 2020, Newman announced his intention to leave the Demon Deacons and join the Georgia Bulldogs as a graduate transfer eligible to play in the 2020-21 season.
One of the most notable dark horses would have to be Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard at +5000 odds. Hubbard led the FBS in total rushing yards (2,094) and yards from scrimmage (2,334) in 2019-20, and he recently announced a surprising return to Stillwater for the 2020-21 season.
Trevor Lawrence Heisman Odds
After leading Clemson to a decisive 44-16 win over Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship game as a true freshman, Lawrence opened the 2019-20 season tied with Tua Tagovailoa as the betting favorite to win the 2019 Heisman.
However, after a slow start highlighted by a near-upset loss to a mediocre North Carolina team in the first half of the season, Lawrence essentially played his way out of the race while Burrow's historic season gained steam by the week. Fields, on the other hand, crept into the Heisman contender conversation toward the end of the season after opening with +1600 odds.
We should have an exciting Heisman race on our hands next fall, especially considering the growing history between Clemson and Ohio State's two star QBs. Lawrence and the Tigers eliminated Fields and the Buckeyes from the 2019 Playstation Fiesta Bowl CFP semifinal game in thrilling fashion, which also marked Fields' first collegiate loss of his career.
Before these two met on the national stage, Lawrence (No. 1) and Fields (No. 2) were already the two top overall recruits from the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.com. In fact, Lawrence received 247Sports' second-best scouting grade (0.9999) of all time (among all positions), and Fields (0.9998) fell right behind him with the third-best scouting grade of all time.
Beyond their incredible proximity in talent evaluations, Lawrence and Fields both played high school football less than 20 miles apart between Cartersville and Kennesaw, Georgia.
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