There’s a new favorite in a Heisman Trophy race that appeared to be over weeks ago. Alabama tailback Derrick Henry has surpassed LSU tailback Leonard Fournette in Bovada’s latest Heisman odds.
Henry rose from 14:1 to 3:2 odds after outplaying Fournette in last weekend’s 30-16 win over LSU. Henry ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries against the Tigers. Fournette struggled mightily to get anything going and finished with 31 yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts.
Fournette fell from 4:9 to 2:1 odds after his worst performance of the season. LSU’s offensive line was overmatched against Alabama’s stout front seven, and Fournette was often met by a crowd of Crimson Tide defenders at the line of scrimmage.
LSU coach Les Miles said Monday that Fournette’s poor outing wasn’t his fault.
“It was not his fault in any way,” Miles said, according to 247Sports.com’s Shea Dixon. “We didn’t get him loose.”
Henry and Fournette are the lone SEC players on Bovada’s dwindling list. Ohio State tailback Ezekiel Elliott is third with 7:1 odds, followed by Baylor wideout Corey Coleman and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson at 8:1. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, who was second on last week’s list, dropped to 16:1 odds and is joined by Stanford tailback Christian McCaffrey in a tie for fifth place.
Fournette’s worst game of the season might have come at the worst possible time. The Heisman Trophy appears to be Henry’s to lose.