Somehow, Leonard Fournette’s greatness couldn’t overcome a bye week. The sophomore tailback’s odds to win the Heisman Trophy slightly decreased after a week off from obliterating opposing defenses.
Bovada now lists Fournette as a 4:9 favorite to win the award. He was given 2:5 odds to win the Heisman a week ago. That slight dip in odds does not harm Fournette’s overwhelmingly good Heisman hopes, but a couple of players are tightening the race.
TCU dual-threat quarterback Trevone Boykin represents the biggest threat to Fournette. The senior quarterback ascended from 15:2 to 5:1 odds after he racked up 472 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in TCU’s 40-10 thumping of West Virginia.
Not far behind Boykin is Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, who improved from 9:1 to 8:1 odds. Elliott scampered for 142 yards and two scores against Rutgers in the Buckeyes’ most recent game and he has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of OSU’s eight victories.
The final player who saw his Heisman odds improve is Clemson dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson. His odds improved from 11:1 to 9:1 after he scored six touchdowns and accumulated 437 all-purpose yards during Clemson’s 56-41 shootout victory over North Carolina State.
Only one other SEC player landed on Bovada’s list. Alabama tailback Derrick Henry also suffered from a bye-week decrease in odds, slipping from 11:1 to 14:1.
So while Fournette maintained a firm grip on the Heisman race, he might have to stave off a few players making late-season runs.