The college football regular season has finally come to an end, the conference champions have been crowned and the College Football Playoff field has been set. The last big decision left to be made is in the Heisman Trophy race.
The finalists for one of the most impressive Heisman races in history have already been decided, with Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray and Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins.
But just when we thought Tagovailoa had the award locked up, Murray made an enormous jump in the final Heisman odds via FanDuel Sportsbook.
Tua is clearly no longer the shoo-in we assumed he was a few weeks ago. Murray's performance down the stretch against West Virginia and Texas combined with Tagovailoa's ankle injury against Georgia has evened the odds. Meanwhile, Haskins continues to be left in the dust despite having, perhaps, the best season in Big Ten history.
The race is essentially down to just Murray and Tagovailoa and for the first time since Week 2, Tua isn't the favorite. Murray currently boasts 4,053 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and seven interceptions to go along with 892 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Tagovailoa counters with 3,354 yards, 37 touchdowns, and four interceptions, along with 190 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Both players have stats that would have easily won the Heisman in most years and also boast stats better than last year's winner in Baker Mayfield.
Murray has the slight edge in raw stats, but he does play in the Big 12 and didn't sit out the fourth quarter of most games like Tua did for Bama. One of the most interesting angles here, though, is that these two teams will now play each other in the CFP for what could be Murray's final competitive football game ever.
Going into the actual Heisman announcement there's no telling who will actually win the award this year, unlike most years where the favorite is far ahead of the field. With the odds behind both players dead even, it essentially comes down to a coin toss.
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