Heisman Odds Heading into Week 8 Show Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow Still Trailing Tua Tagovailoa
By Zach Brunner
Roughly halfway through the college football season, the race for the Heisman Trophy has had some surprises. Heading into Week 8, Jalen Hurts is gaining momentum in the odds, rising up to +430 to win the award, which is second only to Tua Tagovailoa (+140), according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Hurts has impressed for Oklahoma this season, completing 71.5 percent of his passes for 1,758 yards and 17 touchdowns to just three interceptions in his six games. He has been just as dangerous on the ground, running for another 630 yards and eight touchdowns. Should he win the Heisman, it would be Oklahoma's third-straight season with their quarterback winning the award (Baker Mayfield in 2017 and Kyler Murray in 2018).
Still on top of the odds, Tagovailoa has a sizable lead over Hurts. The Alabama quarterback has also been impressive passing for 2,011 yards (third in country) with 27 touchdowns and just a single interception.
Above him in passing yards is LSU's Joe Burrow, throwing for 2,157 yards, earning him the third-best odds to win the Heisman, at +500.
Rounding out the top-5 in the odds is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (+950). Despite resting a number of quarters due to blowout leads, Taylor is third in the country in rushing yards (825) and first in rushing touchdowns (14).
With half of a season left to play, it seems to be a race between these five players, and while Tua is the clear favorite now, all have made a strong case to finish on top.
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