Heisman race narrows, with Tagovailoa in lead

Field Level Media

October 16, 2019 at 10:10 pm.

The Heisman Trophy race is separating into three tiers and continues to be led by Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook lists Tagovailoa at 5/7 odds, or minus-140, meaning someone would need to bet $140 to return $100 in profit. He is followed by LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, each at +300.

Burrow and Hurts inched closer this week, improving from +350, while Tagovailoa fell from -160.

After that trio, there is a drop to the second tier, where Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is +1400 and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is +2000.

Many sportsbooks have a huge gap to the next group, including PointsBet, which lists Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at +8000.

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (+9000 on PointsBet) and Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (+10000) saw their betting odds lengthen considerably after their teams suffered losses last week.

Burrow leads the country in passing efficiency (218.1 rating) and has directed wins over then-No. 9 Texas and then-No. 7 Florida while completing a national-best 79.6 percent of his passes. Hurts is second in passing efficiency (215.9) and leads the nation’s quarterbacks with 630 rushing yards in six games.

Tagovailoa is third in passing efficiency (214.3) and has a staggering touchdown-to-interception ratio of 27-to-1.