Unlike the NFL (with the season in jeopardy because of a lockout of the players by the league over a disagreement with players over splitting profits), college football fans can eagerly look forward to the start of the 2011-2012 college football season in a few months. The Heisman trophy race is always an exciting part of any college football season, with the award going to the individual player who puts together the best season.
Not only does the nature of the Heisman trophy race give fans across the country something to root for -- even when their favorite team may be struggling -- but those who enjoy casino games and sportsbetting can place a wager on the action as well, with many sportsbooks offering betting lines on who the eventual Heisman winner will be. Many bettors prefer season-long bets such as picking the Heisman winner or the overall NCAA champion instead of picking individual games, with some feeling it’s a better value and test of handicapping skills.
As far as a quick preview of the 2011-2012 Heisman trophy race, any list has to start with QB Andrew Luck of Stanford. He’s the current odds-on favorite at sportsbooks at about 4-1 to win the Heisman next season, and for good reason, as he was widely expected to turn pro last year and would have been a top 5 draft pick. He decided instead to return to the Cardinals for another year to chase a national championship, cementing his spot as the preseason favorite to claim the Heisman.
Landry Jones (QB - Oklahoma) and Marcus Lattimore (RB - South Carolina) are next on the Heisman watch list, with both listed around 7-1 odds at the moment. Jones hasn’t turned in spectacular numbers in his career so far but he plays at a school that will pile up plenty of offensive stats and wins and be in the national spotlight. Lattimore gets most of his offensive line back after a spectacular freshman season and will be the focal point of Spurrier’s prolific offense once again in South Carolina.
As far as a longshot Heisman trophy bet that could pay off big (think of it like betting on individual numbers at roulette instead of a safer casino strategy like betting red or black), Kellen Moore (QB - Boise State) could be a good pick, listed at the moment as a 20-1 longshot. He’ll post huge numbers in the