LSU tailback Leonard Fournette had an average game by his lofty standards last weekend against South Carolina. But believe it or not, his Heisman Trophy chances have improved.
The sophomore is listed at 5:11 to win the Heisman after having 1:2 odds last week, according to Bovada. Fournette has rushed for 1,022 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games this season. He leads the NCAA in rushing by a 148-yard margin. He ran for “only” 158 yards and a touchdown against South Carolina last week.
A big reason for his slight boost was the serious injury UGA halfback Nick Chubb suffered last weekend against Tennessee. Chubb had the best shot of beating Fournette for the Heisman, but now will miss the rest of the season. Chubb went from 15:1 odds of winning the award to being taken off the board by Bovada.
The top threats to Fournette, with Chubb out of the picture, are a couple of Big 12 quarterbacks. Baylor’s Seth Russell is second with 13:2 odds. The junior leads the nation with 22 touchdowns on only 83 completions. More than 25 percent of Russell’s completions have been touchdowns.
TCU dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin is right behind Russell at 8:1 odds to win the award. Boykin has thrown for 2,103 yards and 21 touchdowns while running for 366 yards and four touchdowns.
Alabama halfback Derrick Henry is the only other SEC player to crack the top 10. The junior’s odds actually improved from last week, as he is in sixth with 20:1 odds. Henry ranks 15th in the country with 665 rushing yards and is one of 10 running backs to have a double-digit touchdown total at the midway point of the season.
A couple of quarterbacks are the next SEC players on Bovada’s board. Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen is 11th on the list with 45:1 odds and Ole Miss passer Chad Kelly is 13th with 50:1 odds. The final SEC player on the list is Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, who is hanging around at 75:1 odds to win the award.
You can check out the rest of Bovada’s Heisman odds below: