Heisman Odds After College Football Week 2 Show Massive Shift Toward Top of 2019 Race

By David Hayes
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We're less than three weeks into the 2019 college football season and the landscape among the betting favorites to win this year's Heisman Trophy are practically unrecognizable.

Perhaps, most notably, the rapid emergence of a new gunslinger on the national radar is the LSU Tigers' starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who has now shot all the way up into a tie with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa for the second-best odds to win the Heisman at +500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Burrow has been nothing short of incredible through the first two games of the season for an LSU program that's notoriously defined by a slower pace in recent years. The former Ohio State transfer shredded Texas' "DBU" secondary, going 31-for-39 with 471 passing yards and four touchdowns, which has now brought his season line up to an 81.8 completion percentage for 749 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception.

He certainly caught the national attention by sending the No. 9 team in the country's College Football Playoff aspirations into the dirt with a 45-38 road win over the Longhorns, but he's also clearly got the eye of the oddsmakers now too.

Burrow opened with +6500 odds to win the 2019 Heisman on Jan. 21, 2019, and then climbed to +4000 odds just days before LSU's season opener in late August. After Burrow went 23-for-27 with five passing TDs and 278 yards against Georgia Southern in Week 1, he fired up to +2500 odds before ultimately landing at +500 after last Saturday's performance.

The pressure toward the top of this year's Heisman race appears to be on for the clear-cut betting favorites too, as Clemson's Trevor Lawrence (+300) dropped in the odds for the second week in a row, while Tagovailoa (+500) fell into this tie with Burrow at +500.

We'll have to wait and see what another big game might do for the Heisman odds after Week 3.

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