If the race wasn’t already decided by October, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson made his Heisman supremacy quite clear on the opening weekend of November.
Jackson accounted for 416 total yards and 7 touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 52-7 rout of Boston College, giving the stellar sophomore 2016 totals of 3,934 yards and 45 touchdowns. His Heisman odds? All the way up to 1/20, according to sportsbook.ag. That means a $100 bet will only win you $5.
So, yeah, nobody except Jackson is winning the Heisman this year. But that doesn’t preclude an SEC player from earning the nod as a finalist.
Right now, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts remains the conference’s best hope. The freshman has 100/1 odds coming off a 114-yard rushing performance against LSU, in which he scored the game’s only touchdown.
However, Auburn tailback Kamryn Pettway could be a big sleeper to contend for the award. The Tigers are one of the country’s hottest teams right now, and get No. 1 Alabama in Iron Bowl on Nov. 26. Pettway, the nation’s No. 4 rusher with 1,106 yards, has tallied more than 120 yards in six of seven games played this season.
And if the sophomore doesn’t end up competing this season, he’s surely a prime candidate to do so in 2017 — assuming Jackson doesn’t keep dominating the ACC next year.