Heisman Trophy NJ Betting Update – Mac Jones New Favorite

Bettors in the Garden State of New Jersey have a new favorite to place their wagers on for the Heisman Trophy, the award given to the Most Valuable Player in college football each year.

It now seems to boiling up to a race between two players, second-favorite and Florida QB, Kyle Trask and now-outright favorite, Alabama QB Mac Jones. The ordering of the two players switched recently following last weekend’s action, and a third player has significantly closed the gap on the two.

Breaking down the 2020 Heisman Trophy betting market

Looking at the odds being offered by FanDuel Sportsbook, the odds-on favorites to win the Heisman this year are Jones (-300) with Trask (+250) closely behind. They are far and away the clear favorites to win the award, followed by Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith at +1000, who moved way up in the betting markets from +2200 odds the week previous. Clemson and Notre Dame quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Ian Book share a distant fourth position in the betting markets at +1400. Looking at the entire betting field at +2500 and under;

  • Mac Jones (QB, Alabama) – -300
  • Kyle Trask (QB, Florida) – +250
  • DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama) – +1000
  • Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson) – +1400
  • Ian Book – (QB, Notre Dame) – +1400
  • Justin Fields – (QB, Ohio State) – +2500

The big Heisman favorites analyzed

Mac Jones – Alabama – Quarterback

Jones played with effortless ease in Alabama’s 52-3 win over Arkansas to take over this week as the Heisman favorite. Despite not throwing for any touchdowns last week, Mac Jones completed an impressive 82.7% of his passes (24 of 29) for 208 passing yards. He threw a bad interception but was lucky in having it negated by a targeting call. Depending on how well he performs (or not) against Florida in the SEC title game, it feels like the Heisman is already halfway in his pocket.

Season Stats

  • 2020 stats: 217 of 284 total passing (76.4%); 3321 yards; 27 touchdowns, three interceptions.
  • Last game: 24 of 29 passing (82.7%); 208 yards; 143.0 passer rating.

Kyle Trask – Florida – Quarterback

Kyle Trask may have thrown away his chance at the Heisman after a disappointing day out last week. Trask fell from grace from his heighty spot atop the Heisman odds after a shocking game against an underperforming sub-.500 LSU team. While he did throw for 474 yards and totaled three touchdowns, however, he also threw two interceptions (including a pick-six) and fumbled the ball just before the major halftime break. In total, Trask’s errors compounded into 10 points off turnovers for LSU. Trask had his chance to redeem himself late in the game after he led the Gators to within field goal range for a game-tying, 51-yard attempt. However, Evan McPherson’s kick sailed left, condemning Trask and the Gators to a rare defeat. However, Trask’s shot a redemption may boil down to an improved performance and a potential big win against Alabama that could possibly vault Trask back to the top of the Heisman voting and betting odds in the process.

  • 2020 stats: 259 of 369 total passing (70.2 %); 3717 yards; 39 touchdowns, five interceptions; two rushing touchdowns.
  • Last game: 29 of 47 passing (61.7%); 474 yards; two touchdowns; two rushing touchdowns; two interceptions; one lost fumble.

The wild card might yet be Wide Receiver, DeVonta Smith of Alabama, Mac Jones’ team mate. Averaging 16 yards per reception for 1327 yards and 17 TDs, he has had a stellar season. If you’re looking for betting value, he could be your man. With all the attention on the shootout between Trask and Jones, Smith could yet decide the matter all by himself, particularly if he produces a damaging individual play like he did last week against Arkansas with an amazing 84-yard punt return.

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