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Top 5 SEC Heisman Candidates for the 2020 Season

David Kaestle
Bo Nix will be a Heisman Trophy candidate for the Auburn Tigers in 2020.
Bo Nix will be a Heisman Trophy candidate for the Auburn Tigers in 2020. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
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The SEC is widely regarded the college football's best conference. They have the deepest talent pool, they win the most national championships and they send the most players to the NFL. So it should be no surprise that they have quite a number of names in the running for the 2020 Heisman Trophy.

Let's take a look at the top-5 SEC players in the Heisman race based on odds form FanDuel Sportsbook.

5. K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State (+4000)

K.J. Costello and Mike Leach will lead the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2020.
K.J. Costello and Mike Leach will lead the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2020. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

K.J. Costello will have the benefit of being coached by one of college football's best this year with the arrival of head coach Mike Leach. Though Mississippi State is rarely an SEC contender, if the Bulldogs can make a run for it under Leach and lead by Costello, then the QB might have a real chance at being in the conversation.

4. Myles Brennan, QB, LSU (+2500)

Myles Brennan steps into Joe Burrow's shoes this season.
Myles Brennan steps into Joe Burrow's shoes this season. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Joe Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy after being the quarterback for what turned out to be one of the best statistical offenses in the history of college football. Now that he's moving on to the NFL, Brennan will take over that role for a team that does return some of the players form that incredible title team, including Ja'Marr Chase, who played a crucial role in 2019 and figures to be Brennan's top target in 2020.

3. Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (+2500)

Mac Jones is projected to be Alabama's starting QB in 2020.
Mac Jones is projected to be Alabama's starting QB in 2020. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Mac Jones filled in admirably for the injured Tua Tagovailoa in 2019 at Alabama. Looking ahead to 2020, Jones projects to be the starting QB in Tuscaloosa for yet another Crimson Tide team that will be at the forefront of the National Championship conversation.

2. Bo Nix, QB, Auburn (+2500)

Bo Nix is returning as Auburn's starting QB.
Bo Nix is returning as Auburn's starting QB. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Bo Nix had some signature wins and moments as a first-year starter for the Auburn Tigers in 2019. While Auburn fell short of double-digit wins, Nix showed he belongs in that spot and has the potential to be in the Heisman conversation as long as he is under center for the Tigers.

1. Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia (+1600)

Jamie Newman has +1600 odds to win the Heisman next season.
Jamie Newman has +1600 odds to win the Heisman next season. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Jamie Newman dazzled at Wake Forest last year, but for his final year of eligibility he decided to transfer to the University of Georgia, where he will more than likely become the starting quarterback for another Bulldogs' team in contention for a national title, which should certainly help his Heisman chances.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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