On Wednesday morning Bovada Sportsbook released their latest odds for the winner of the 2017 College Football Playoff (CFP) and the 2016 Heisman Trophy and to perhaps no one’s surprise, it’s Alabama and LSU’s junior running back Leonard Fournette at the top of both lists.
Alabama, the winner of last year’s CFP over Clemson, are 6/1 favorites to repeat as champions and claim their fifth National Championship in eight years under head coach Nick Saban.
According to the odds, however, their greatest competition will come from within the SEC West in the form of the LSU Tigers, who have dropped from 14/1 to win it all to 7/1 since the initial odds were released in January of this year.
Rounding out the top five are last year’s runners-up, Clemson at 17/2, Michigan at 9/1 and Ohio State at 9/1.
Here’s the rest of the top 20, courtesy of Bovada.
Florida State – 10/1
Tennessee – 12/1
Oklahoma – 16/1
Notre Dame – 20/1
Stanford – 25/1
Georgia – 33/1
Oregon – 33/1
USC – 33/1
Florida – 40/1
Mississippi – 40/1
TCU – 40/1
Washington – 40/1
Auburn – 50/1
Baylor – 50/1
Michigan State – 50/1
Leading the charge for the odds-on-favorite to depose Alabama is Fournette, who stormed out of the gate and into college football lore by becoming just the 10th running back in FBS history to rush for 1,000 yards in the first five games of last season.
From there, he amassed 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns, putting together the second best rushing season in SEC history, making him a clear favorite to win the Heisman this season after being ‘snubbed’ in the eyes of many last season and not being among the three Heisman finalists.
Behind Fournette is Clemson QB Deshaun Watson at 9/2, RB Christian McCaffrey from Stanford at 11/2, QB JT Barrett from Ohio State at 12/1, and Florida State RB Davlin Cook at 12/1 to round out the top five.
Here are the rest of the players deemed in the running by Las Vegas, courtesy of Bovada.
Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma) – 14/1
Nick Chubb (RB, Georgia) – 16/1
Chad Kelly (QB, Mississippi) – 16/1
Josh Rosen (QB, UCLA) – 16/1
Royce Freeman (RB, Oregon) – 20/1
Bo Scarbrough (RB, Alabama) – 20/1
Samaje Perine (RB, Oklahoma) – 25/1
Calvin Ridley (WR, Alabama) – 25/1
DeShone Kizer (QB, Notre Dame) – 28/1
Malik Zaire (QB, Notre Dame) – 28/1
Joshua Dobbs (QB, Tennessee) – 33/1
Brad Kaaya (QB, Miami) – 33/1
Patrick Mahomes (QB, Texas Tech) – 33/1
Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville) – 50/1
Trevor Knight (QB, Texas A&M) – 50/1
Of the 20 players listed, just one isn’t a quarterback or a running back and that’s Alabama sophomore Calvin Ridley.
The last time a non-quarterback or running back won the Heisman Trophy was back in 1997 when cornerback/punt returner and eventual NFL Hall of Famer Charles Woodson won the award.
The college football season officially kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 27 with a game between California and Hawaii, which will take place in Sydney, Australia.
According to the NCAA’s website this will be the first game played in Australia since 1987.
The first Saturday with most Div. I teams in action will be the following Saturday, Sept. 3.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for a championship for any of his other three teams.