The conversation of which college football player will emerge as the Heisman Trophy winner is continuously and greatly debated each and every season.
While some of the most decorated athletes in collegiate football history have been adorned with the Heisman crown, there are many that contend the race is nothing more than a beauty pageant. After all, does the best player in the country win, or is it the best player on the best team? If the latter, Heisman Trophy certainly doesn’t equate to Most Valuable Player.
Either way, because the Heisman talk never ceases, bookmakers have been offering odds on who will win since the award’s inception. And here at Gamblers Palace, we track those odds every week to provide in-depth analysis as to where you should put your money.
The 2017 Heisman Trophy presentation will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. ESPN will broadcast all of the action live starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Baker Mayfield did everything he had to do to win the Heisman Trophy, and barring a change of heart from a lot of voters over the course of the next several days, he'll be given college football's top honor next weekend in New York City.
The Texas Tech transfer was phenomenal for Oklahoma this year, leading it to a 12-1 record, the Big XII title and a berth in the College Football Playoff.
Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns, and when the Sooners' postseason is said and done with, he'll have broken the FBS record for the most yards per pass attempt in a single season. Currently, Mayfield is sitting at 11.8 yards per pass attempt.
The Sooners' emotional leader was caught up in plenty of antics this year, including when he had his captaincy stripped for the West Virginia game after making an obscene gesture towards the Kansas sidelines the week prior. But bygones will be bygones, and if Jameis Winston can win the honor for Florida State, Mayfield can win it for Oklahoma.
Mayfield will become the third man in four years to win the Heisman and reach the College Football Playoff. Both Marcus Mariota in 2014 and Derrick Henry in 2015 reached the National Championship Game with Henry winning both the top individual honor and the natty in the same season two years ago.
Last year's Heisman winner, Lamar Jackson, Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Stanford's Bryce Love are the only other men on the Heisman Trophy list who had any reasonable shot at claiming the honor this season.
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When you think of individual awards in sports, one of the first honors that comes to mind is the Heisman Trophy. The very best of the best in football have won this award, and the list of players who have captured the honor is more or less a "Who's Who" in college football.
Though not every player who won the Heisman went on to have an illustrious professional career, there is never any doubt what these men accomplished as the top players in college football in their respective years winning the honor. It is a prestigious honor to hold that bronze statue, and while the selection process is highly criticized, there is not denying the importance of this legacy.
The Heisman Trophy is more or less a combination award. Though this award is supposed to honor the most outstanding player in college football, it often is given to the best player on the best team in the nation. Each of the last three Heisman Trophy winners went on to play in the National Championship Game, and 15 of the last 18 went on to play in either the College Football Playoff or a BCS bowl game.
Of course, that isn't always the case. Tim Tebow – arguably one of the best players in college football history – won the Heisman Trophy for a four-loss Florida team in 2007, becoming the first ever sophomore to win the honor.
Over the course of the next two years, Sam Bradford and Mark Ingram also became sophomore winners of the Heisman Trophy, while in 2012, another benchmark was met when Johnny Manziel captured the nation's top individual prize as a redshirt freshman. Jameis Winston not only repeated that feat the next year, but he also guided Florida State to the National Championship.
2015 – Derrick Henry (Alabama)
2014 – Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
2013 – Jameis Winston (Florida State)
2012 – Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
2011 – Robert Griffin III (Baylor)
2010 – Cam Newton (Auburn)
2009 – Mark Ingram (Alabama)
2008 – Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
2007 – Tim Tebow (Florida)
2006 – Troy Smith (Ohio State)
2005 – Reggie Bush (USC)
2004 – Matt Leinart (USC)
2003 – Jason White (Oklahoma)
2002 – Carson Palmer (USC)
2001 – Eric Crouch (Nebraska)
2000 – Chris Weinke (Florida State)
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