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Well, looks like we're going to have a big shakeup in the Heisman Trophy odds after this weekend, but it's not because of something happening on the field. In fact, quite the opposite. 


Winning the Heisman Trophy is a tall order to begin with, but competing for the most prestigious award in college football with one fewer game than everyone else is nearly impossible. 


Unfortunately for West Virginia quarterback Will Grier and UCF QB McKenzie Milton, that's going to be a harsh reality thanks to Hurricane Florence. 


Saturday's Week 3 games between No. 14 West Virginia at NC State and No. 18 UCF at UNC just became the latest two matchups to be canceled due to Hurricane Florence's impending landing on the East Coast.

While WVU's Grier and UCF's Milton are both legitimate contenders for the Heisman, this unexpected inconvenience has to hurt Grier's Heisman odds the most. 


Grier's odds to win the Heisman have been as low as 22/1 before the season kicked off, but he's changed that pretty quickly. 


Grier has absolutely flown up the Heisman odds board from his preseason open at +2200 to +1100 after Week 1, and then to +500 in the latest odds released after Week 2, making him the third favorite.

Milton also showed improvement from his preseason open at +5000, climbing to +2800 after a dominant Week 1 performance, but then falling to +2900 after a slight regression in Week 2.

If you were high on Grier's Heisman hype train last week, you might want to think about hopping off before the next station with a derailment like this. With a 12-game slate to make a Heisman case in college football, losing just one game will have a massive impact on your odds to win. 

Although there's no word on potentially rescheduling either of these games yet, last fall's hurricane conditions early on in the season did force some teams to only play 11 regular season games. If that happens again, it could be a bad break for these players (and anyone who bet on them to win the Heisman). 


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