The college football season is reaching the midway point, and the race for the Heisman Trophy is coming into focus.
The updated odds for the Heisman Trophy were recently released by Bovada, and it will come as no surprise that Penn State RB Saquon Barkley still has the best odds in the nation to win the prestigious award.
Barkley has been strong all season with 1,044 yards from scrimmage, 8.0 yards per touch, and 8 offensive TDs. His odds remain steady at 5/4 to win the award, and his toughest stretch of the season remains with games against Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State still to come.
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield remains in second place on the list with 13/4 odds, but he has slid a bit after the loss to Iowa State. Stanford RB Bryce Love (4/1) and Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (8/1) round out the top four.
The highest ranked SEC player is Jalen Hurts who comes in at ninth with 40/1 odds, but the best bet out of the entire list may be Georgia RB Nick Chubb.
Chubb remains low on the list with 75/1 odds to win the Heisman, but he is a player whose individual performance has propelled his team to a high ranking. That is significant because the Heisman has traditionally gone to a player on a team that is ranked high and in position to play for a championship.
Five of the last eight Heisman winners played in the BCS Championship game or made the College Football Playoff. Chubb and the Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 4 in the AP Poll and have a favorably outlook for this season. Georgia could roll into the SEC Championship Game with a strong record and shot at the Playoff which would boost Chubb’s chances for winning the Heisman.
As far as individual numbers, it is hard to look past what Chubb has done. The senior running back leads the SEC with 618 rushing yards and has added 8 TDs while averaging 6.8 YPC. Chubb is a large reason why the Bulldogs have looked dominant on offense while scoring at least 31 points in their first three SEC games.
Chubb remains a long shot to win the Heisman, but now may be the time to jump on the bandwagon. Georgia looks certain to post the kind of strong season that will push Chubb into the national spotlight.