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2015 College Football Betting – Who Are The Top Contenders For The Heisman?

Posted by Blake Frazier on 8/20/2015 9:39:34 PM

The college football season is getting closer by the day, and when a college football season begins, you know that Heisman Trophy talk cannot be too far away, either. Which players are the most serious candidates for the award this season?

1 – Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

This is the best candidate on the Buckeyes, if only because the other really strong candidates on the team play at quarterback and might split time between each other. J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones are both likely to get some time under center this season, with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer trying to find ways to put both of them on the field alongside quarterback-turned-wide receiver Braxton Miller. You might also see Jones – who is thickly-cut and burly – come into games in short-yardage situations while Barrett handles most standard-down plays. At any rate, Barrett and Jones could take votes from each other. Elliott, though, is the one star running back on this team, and so if he goes off for a big season, he’s going to be a Heisman finalist in New York on the second weekend of December. The Buckeyes are such a strong pick for the College Football Playoff that if Elliott’s stats are anywhere close to great, his chances of getting a Heisman invitation are very good. He’s in the driver’s seat to win this award.

2 – Trevone Boykin, TCU

The preseason rankings put TCU just behind Ohio State, and that’s actually how the Heisman race could wind up as well, with Boykin finishing just behind a Buckeye. Boykin has so much experience and knows what the difference is between trusting one’s talent and being foolish on the field. As long as Boykin doesn’t make too many mistakes this upcoming season, he should roll up very impressive statistics, lead TCU to a lot of wins, and ultimately make a very effective case for the Heisman Trophy. He’s another really good bet to make the final ceremony in New York.

3 – Cody Kessler, USC

The Heisman Trophy features nationwide voting, and it helps to be a player on a high-profile team at a high-profile position in a region where there aren’t many if any other contenders. This could be Kessler’s candidacy in a nutshell. He’s a member of the USC Trojans, so if USC does well, Kessler will be in the spotlight throughout the season. He’s the quarterback, and USC quarterbacks have won the Heisman on two occasions earlier this century: Carson Palmer won in 2002 and Matt Leinart won in 2004. If Kessler leads USC to a big season, he’s going to be right there in the top three with a chance to win.

4 – J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Barrett has a better chance to win the Heisman than teammate Cardale Jones because Barrett is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job at Ohio State. He is the better bet to play a majority of snaps for the Ohio State offense. It’s that simple.

5 – Jeremy Johnson, Auburn

The Tigers, if they make the College Football Playoff as the SEC champion, would probably get there because someone on their team had a special season. If Johnson, their quarterback, is that person, the chances are excellent that Johnson will be a Heisman finalist.


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