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What a difference a single week makes in the 2018-19 Heisman-trophy race. 


Less than eight days ago, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa appeared in a league of his own with the Heisman all but in hand after a leading the Crimson Tide to a 29-0 victory over then-No. 3 LSU on the road. 


Fast forward to Monday morning, and Tagovoiloa is now nursing an injured knee that knocked him out of Alabama's 24-0 win over Mississippi State. The Heisman favorite's latest odds are looking incredibly mortal at -390 via FanDuel Sportsbook, compared to -750 a week ago – his biggest drop in the Heisman odds all season. 

Especially with West Virginia QB Will Grier and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray coming closer than any contenders have to Tua's lead in the weekly Heisman odds since Week 8.


Grier improved from a +2200 chance a week ago, but after getting snubbed in the Week 11 Heisman odds, his latest improvement seems like a make-up adjustment at such an enormous jump to become tied for the second-best odds. 

Luckily for both Murray and Grier, WVU and Oklahoma are set to play one another in Week 13 to likely decide a potential rematch game the following weekend for the Big 12 Championship title. 


If either of these quarterbacks can lead their team to back-to-back wins in this scenario, the final Heisman outlook could be a lot tighter than we've been expecting. 


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