Since the 2018-19 season finishes, we could quickly turn our focus to the 2019-20 season and have a peek at Heisman Trophy odds. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence got the best of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game and for this reason, he’s a +300 favorite to win against the 2019 Heisman Trophy with Tagovailoa right behind at +350.
BetOnline has Lawrence at +300 followed closely by Tagovailoa at +350, Georgia QB Jake Fromm in +850, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor in +900 and Georgia RB D’Andre Swift and Clemson RB Travis Etienne in +950 to round out the top contenders on the oddsboard.
Can Tagovailoa get over the hump in 2019?
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a monster year in his first season as the starter, leading to him becoming the runner-up in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting. As for me, I thought Tagovailoa should have won the award as he put up very impressive numbers and only played fourth quarter all season, excluding the College Football Playoff.
The Hawaii native headed a Crimson Tide crime that was third-best in the country in 45.6 points per match and contained the sixth-best pass assault with 323.6 passing yards per game. In general, Tagovailoa threw for 3,966 yards to rank fifth in college football while incorporating 43 touchdown passes, the second-most, against only six interceptions. Look for the junior to have a step forward in what could be his final year before he plays on Sundays, and when he can find another equipment, +350 is an absolute steal.
Lawrence has reason
Heading into Week 5 of the 2018-19 college football season, I stated that futures bettors should watch Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence to get a potential Heisman winner but not being the starter for the first four weeks buried his opportunities and that I was potentially a year off. Lawrence knocked off older QB Kelly Bryant in his true freshman season and that decision by Dabo Swinney was the correct one as the Georgia native carried the Tigers to a national championship.
Clemson averaged 44.3 points per game this year, but that climbed to 47.44 ppg in the nine games which Lawrence had been the starting QB, excluding playoffs. On the year, he pitched 3,280 yards (ranked 21st) with 30 TDs (10th) and only four interceptions and, once again, he didn’t come to be the starter before Week 5. What could his figures have been had he been at the helm all year old? Coming off an impressive national championship game and also another year to mature and develop, Lawrence is unquestionably worthy enough to be the first favorite for the Heisman.