Ohio State QB Fields lurks in Burrow-led Heisman race

Field Level Media

November 20, 2019 at 7:32 pm.

LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow is an overwhelming favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, with perhaps only one player in position to catch him.

Burrow is now minus-2000 — or 1/20 odds — to be the winner, even shorter odds than last week, when he was listed at minus-1000 by Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook. One of his potential competitors, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, suffered a season-ending hip injury on Saturday, when Burrow passed for 489 yards and five scores against Ole Miss.

Westgate SuperBook doesn’t list another player after Burrow, with the only other possible play being a bet on the “field” at +1000.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is second at other sportsbooks, including +700 at DraftKings and FanDuel.

The value of Fields — in addition to his 31 touchdown passes against one interception while leading the nation’s highest-scoring offense — is that he potentially has three big games remaining to impress the Heisman voters.

The second-ranked Buckeyes host No. 8 Penn State on Saturday with a chance to clinch the Big Ten East, play at No. 13 Michigan to finish the regular season and then could play in the conference championship game against ranked Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Burrow, who has completed 78.6 percent of his passes for top-ranked LSU, has regular-season games remaining against Arkansas and Texas A&M. LSU has all but wrapped up the SEC West and would face Georgia in the SEC title game.