Tua Tagovailoa Surpasses Jalen Hurts as Favorite to Win Heisman, Trevor Lawrence Continues to Fall

Zach Brunner
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Since Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa opened as the favorite to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy when the odds were first released back in January, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, we've seen quite a bit movement atop the odds.

After trailing the likes of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts at different points since the regular season started, Tagovailoa has now reclaimed a commanding lead at the top of the latest odds to win the Heisman.

Tagovailoa's latest improvement from +300 to +150 odds comes after a 418-yard, seven-touchdown performance against Ole Miss in Week 5. On the season, the Alabama QB has averaged 343.6 passing yards per game, throwing 23 touchdowns and zero interceptions through five games, while adding two more touchdowns on the ground.

Once favored to win the award, Lawrence has seen a consistent drop in the odds, now sitting tied for the 11th-best shot to win the Heisman at +5000. This drop in the odds comes after passing for just eight touchdowns in five games, while also throwing five interceptions. Despite leading Clemson to an undefeated record, Lawrence and the Tigers haven't played as sharp as they looked last season.

As Lawrence has fallen, former Alabama starter and current Oklahoma graduate transfer QB Jalen Hurts has risen to second in the odds, at +340. Through four games, Hurts has arguably been the most dangerous player in the country. He has passed for 1,295 yards with 12 touchdowns and one interception through the air. And Hurts has been just as dangerous with his legs, adding another 443 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

We have seen how quickly the odds can change after five weeks of college football. The race for the Heisman should be an exciting one to watch as the weather turns colder outside.

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