Despite being sidelined by injury against Jacksonville State, LSU tailback Leonard Fournette recaptured the pole position among the SEC’s Heisman Trophy candidates this week.
Fournette’s odds of winning jumped up from 18/1 to 10/1, a shift we could possibly correlate to the Tigers pulling quarterback Brandon Harris in favor of Danny Etling this past Saturday. The former Purdue backup went 6-for-14 with 100 yards, a touchdown and a pick in LSU’s 34-13 win. How Les Miles handles his quarterbacks against Mississippi State this Saturday remains to be seen.
Last week’s SEC leader, meanwhile, took a hit after his team barely survived an FCS opponent. Running back Nick Chubb was limited to 80 yards on 20 carries in Georgia’s 26-24 scare vs. Nicholls State. But only one week removed from a 222-yard, 2-touchdown rushing performance against North Carolina, he’s still sitting nicely at 25/1.
By far the biggest mover following Week 2 was Alabama leading rusher Damien Harris, who made his debut on the board and saw his odds shoot all the way up to 30/1. He has logged the most carries (20) of any Nick Saban running back through two games, and he’s averaging 5.7 more yards per carry than backfield mate and fellow Heisman hopeful Bo Scarbrough (50/1). Wideout Calvin Ridley (40/1) makes it three Crimson Tide players with pretty good odds.
Strangely, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts is not on the board yet. We’re willing to bet that changes in the coming weeks.
A full look at the leaderboard:
SEC Heisman Trophy contenders (via VegasInsiders.com)
|LSU RB Leonard Fournette||10/1||18/1|
|Georgia RB Nick Chubb||25/1||10/1|
|Alabama RB Damien Harris||30/1||Off the board|
|Alabama WR Calvin Ridley||40/1||35/1|
|Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough||50/1||50/1|
|Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly||60/1||25/1|
|Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs||100/1||50/1|
|Tennessee RB Jalen Hurd||100/1||70/1|
|Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk||100/1||80/1|
|Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett||100/1||40/1|
|Florida WR Antonio Callaway||300/1||100/1|