Justin Herbert's Heisman Odds Don't Paint Him as a Major Threat to Win the Award


Justin Herbert, the Oregon Ducks senior quarterback who has been the main focus of the national media this year, is still not getting quite the respect he deserves when it comes to betting odds to win the Heisman Trophy. 

All offseason, Herbert was touted as one of the best quarterbacks in all of college football, and he is widely expected to be picked early on in the 2020 NFL Draft. However, after four weeks of football, he still sits at +2000 odds to win the nation's most prestigious award.

(For those who are new to betting, +2000 would net you $2,000 profit on a $100 bet, or $200 profit on a $10 bet.)

While Herbert sits lower on the ranks with such high odds, there are nine other plays ahead of him. 

  • Joe Burrow (+300)
  • Jalen Hurts (+300)
  • Tua Tagovailoa (+400)
  • Jonathan Taylor (+650)
  • Justin Fields (+900)
  • Jake Fromm (+1500) 
  • Trevor Lawrence (+2000)
  • D'Andre Swift (+2000)
  • Sam Ehlinger (+2000)

Unfortunately for Herbert, the weakness of the Pac-12 Conference is unlikely to provide him with any high-pressure moments that are likely to produce Heisman moments. With Marcus Mariota, we saw his late-game heroics against Michigan State early in the season, but Herbert's chance to do the same against Auburn has come and gone. 

If QB10 continues to put up stats at the current clip — 1,127 yards and 14 TD with 0 INT — there is a good chance that he can make the trip to New York later this year to be considered for the award. However, if the Ducks slip up again, it doesn't matter what type of stats Herbert puts up. The oddsmakers have already shown that he currently is not a real threat. 

Comments (2)
J Hager
J Hager

Pac-12 Heisman's are hard to come by now. To much talent out there to consider him as a potential winner at this point.

No. 1-2

I am a fan of Herbert but when comparing to the other Heisman hopefuls his resume is a little weaker then the favorites to win the award. Despite the weakness of the Pac-12 Herbert has been shut down a couple times both this year and last by a couple teams he should have torn to pieces factoring into his low ranking for the award.