There are plenty of great athletes who are in the running for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. The odds are becoming closer but there’s one athlete who is still on top of it all. The competition is still going to be rather tough as Derrick Henry holds onto his overall advantage to win.
RB Derrick Henry – Alabama
Derrick Henry is the -300 favorite to win the Heisman. Henry has nearly 1,800 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. He had a huge day in his rivalry match with Auburn as he got 271 rushing yards off of 46 carries. The fact that he has an extra game with Florida in the SEC championship to prove himself in only makes this all the more interesting as he could still be a big contender for a major title while giving himself a little more exposure.
QB Deshaun Watson – Clemson
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is the closest contender to Henry with +500 odds. He has more than 3,200 passing yards but his ten interceptions may be a big problem. He has shown to be a talented double threat though as he has nine rushing touchdowns. His status as being on the team that has been at the top of the college football playoff standings could certainly make it to where he will have a better shot to win.
RB Christian McCaffrey – Stanford
The only real concern Christian McCaffrey has is that the Cardinal is not as high up on the polls as many of his contenders although the fact that he plays to a small audience on the West Coast certainly hurts too. This comes in spite of McCaffrey having nearly 1,650 rushing yards. He is only a few hundred yards away from breaking Barry Sanders’ record of having the most all-purpose yards in one season as he has a little more than 3,000 yards. McCaffrey still has a +1200 line to actually win the Heisman though.
RB Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State
Although he has some strong numbers, Ezekiel Elliott and the Buckeyes will not be playing in the Big Ten title game, thus bumping his odds to +1200. With one fewer game to prove him in, it may be a challenge for him to be listed as a more marketable player for the Heisman. He does have close to 1,700 rushing yards and recently had 214 yards in thirty carries in his victory over Michigan. Then again, being limited to 33 yards in a loss to Michigan State may also hurt his standing.
QB Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield was a huge performer in a game that brought the Sooners the Big 12 title when they beat Oklahoma State. Mayfield has a +1800 line to win the Heisman even with this. Mayfield has 35 touchdowns versus five interceptions this season, thus making him one of the top contenders in the field.
The race for the 2016 Heisman is heating up and will certainly make for something for fans of sports gambling to watch. Derrick Henry is clearly the favorite at this point but there is still plenty of campaigning to be held to see just who will win it all.