Derrick Henry strengthens lead in Heisman Trophy race
It seemed almost impossible for Alabama running back Derrick Henry to increase his Heisman Trophy chances, but an incredible 46-carry, 271-yard performance in the Iron Bowl did just that.
Henry’s Heisman odds improved from 2:5 to 1:3, according to Bovada. The junior seems all but destined to take home the award in a couple of weeks, but he still has some competition. Henry will get one more shot to seal the deal when Alabama battles Florida in the SEC championship game. The Gators enter Saturday’s contest ranked seventh in the nation against the run.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson saw his odds decrease from 3:1 to 5:1 despite scoring four touchdowns in a 37-32 win over South Carolina. Watson threw for 279 yards and one touchdown and also racked up season highs with 114 rushing yards and three scores on 21 carries. Watson also gets one last chance to make his case for the Heisman when Clemson takes on North Carolina in the ACC championship game.
The only other player on Bovada’s list who will take the field this weekend is Stanford running back Christian McCaffery. The sophomore ascended from 50:1 to 12:1 odds despite accumulating only 113 all-purpose yards in a rather pedestrian game against Notre Dame last week. He and Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott were tied for third on Bovada’s list.
Leonard Fournette continued his fall in the Heisman odds, tumbling to 33:1 odds as the last player on Bovada’s board. Fournette ran for 159 yards and one touchdown in LSU’s 19-7 victory over Texas A&M. He and Henry were the only SEC players listed on Bovada’s board.
Henry may not even need a great game against Florida to take home the Heisman. In fact, the race may be all but over as conference championship week arrives.
Check out Bovada’s entire odds list below: