Leonard Fournette’s Heisman Trophy candidacy is far from over, but as LSU goes, so does its star tailback’s hardware hopes.
Fournette looked his normal self on Saturday, averaging 6 yards per carry and accounting for 176 total yards against a stout Wisconsin run defense. But the Tigers dropped their season opener, 16-14, as last year’s passing game woes continued to haunt the offense.
With that, Fournette’s Heisman odds sank to 18/1 on Sunday, lower than seven other players. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey assumed the top spot (4/1), and he was followed by Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (9/2) and Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett (15/2).
The SEC player with the best shot? That’s now Georgia tailback Nick Chubb, who thundered for 222 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns in his first game back from last year’s horrendous knee injury. His efforts largely powered the Bulldogs in their 33-24 win over UNC in Atlanta.
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly hasn’t played yet — he and the Rebels face Florida State on Monday night — so he holds mostly steady at 25/1 odds.
The most interesting development might be the appearance of Alabama freshman Jalen Hurts, who went 6 of 11 for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns against USC on Saturday. He rocketed his way from being off the board to a 40/1 contender. Hurts and teammates Calvin Ridley and Bo Scarbrough all cracked the Vegas leaderboard.
SEC Heisman Trophy contenders (via VegasInsider.com)
- Nick Chubb (Georgia) 10/1
- Leonard Fournette (LSU) 18/1
- Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) 25/1
- Calvin Ridley (Alabama) 35/1
- Jalen Hurts (Alabama) 40/1
- Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) 40/1
- Bo Scarbrough (Alabama) 50/1
- Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee) 50/1
- Jalen Hurd (Tennessee) 70/1
- Christian Kirk (Texas A&M) 80/1
- Antonio Callaway (Florida) 100/1