Nobody saw this coming three weeks ago. An SEC tailback is an enormous favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, but it’s not Leonard Fournette.
Alabama running back Derrick Henry has stormed to an overwhelming lead in the Heisman race. Bovada lists Henry at 2:3 odds to win the award. Henry ran for 204 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State last weekend. It was his third 200-yard performance in his past four games.
Henry ranks fourth in the country with an average of 145.8 rushing yards and leads the nation with 19 touchdowns. It now appears to be his award to lose.
Fournette seemed destined to take home the trophy in October, but things have drastically changed for the sophomore. Fournette’s odds went down once again after he ran for just 91 yards and one touchdown last weekend against Arkansas. Fournette is tied for second with Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott with 9:2 odds to win the Heisman after being listed at 2:1 a week ago.
The struggle is real for Fournette. He still leads the nation with an average of 163.8 rushing yards, but he has run for just 122 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries over the past two weeks.
One other player to watch will be Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. He racked up 465 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns last weekend against Syracuse and has quietly risen to 7:1 odds to win the Heisman.
Henry is on the cusp of hoisting the Heisman in a few weeks, but as Fournette can attest, a couple of weeks can change everything.
Check out Bovada’s entire Heisman odds list below: