The race for the Heisman is down to three players with one clear cut favorite at the sportsbook page.
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is the favorite at the offshore sportsbook with the only other contenders being Oregon running back LaMichael James and Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore.
We said about a month ago that Newton was the man to watch in the race for the Heisman Trophy and although it took awhile, the odds makers finally caught up. Now they may have overcompensated. Newton is now -250 at the Sbg sportsbook to win the Heisman. He was 18-of-24 passing for 209 yards and two TDs last week in the win over Mississippi. He also caught a touchdown pass. He has been fantastic in recent weeks and is the clear favorite to win the Heisman. What might hurt him a little bit is that Auburn has a gimme this week against Chattanooga so Newton can’t put up big numbers as he will likely sit when the Tigers get a big lead. There is also that big game coming up against Alabama.
He was brilliant last week in the win over USC. He rushed for 239 yards and three TDs. He is playing on the number one team in the country and he should not be ignored in the race for the Heisman. He has a couple of things in his favor that could allow him to overtake Newton. First, he plays on an unbeaten Oregon team who will probably run the table. Second, Newton could get shutdown by Alabama while there is no one that is going to stop Oregon. James is 3.5 to 1 to win the Heisman and there is still value in that number at the offshore sportsbook.
His numbers are great but it probably won’t matter. Unless Newton or James gets hurt, Moore is simply not going to win. Boise doesn’t play anyone and people are going to see his numbers and wonder just how good they really are. Boise will get some national exposure but games against Hawaii and Nevada really don’t matter unless you lose. His odds are 6-1 on the sportsbook page but he has no value since Newton and James are the favorites.