Heisman Update: Oddsmakers Peg Russell Wilson as Favorite

By Adam Kramer   Oct. 07, 2011

What began with 39 names is down to 10. At least that’s how the oddsmakers view it.

Bodog has been releasing weekly Heisman odds since the season started, and the list has gotten smaller each week. The names near the top have also changed with each loss, win and big performance.

Russell Wilson, who began the season unlisted, is now your Heisman favorite at 3/1. This marks the first time since the summer that Andrew Luck is now the overall favorite and Wilson has absolutely surged up the board in the past few weeks. Last week Wilson was listed at 7/1 and the 6th overall selection on the board. His win over Nebraska, however, was enough to surge him to the top. There’s a good chance the Badgers won’t lose another game and we all know how much that means when it come to Heisman voting.

Andrew Luck can now be had for the nice price of 9/2. Seems like solid value for a guy that’s almost guaranteed to be in it up until the end and might be the best odds you get all season. The same can be said about Landry Jones (5/1) who could boost his Heisman odds with a big game in the Red River Shootout.

Trent Richardson (6/1) is certainly in the mix as well, and if he can pad his numbers and then follow up with a big game and a win against LSU, he could potentially separate himself from the group.

Brandon Weeden remains a very nice price at 15/1. He’ll have his chances to create that Heisman moment with the remaining games on the schedule, but avoiding losses is as big if not bigger than the numbers themselves. While LaMichael James has been on an absolute roll, he’ll likely miss time and won’t be worth a bet at this point. At 40/1, he was a very interesting option indeed.

Here’s how the condensed board looks going into week 6.

Russell Wilson 3/1

Andrew Luck 9/2

Landry Jones 5/1

Trent Richardson 6/1

Kellen Moore 7/1

Denard Robinson 8/1

Marcus Lattimore 11/1

Brandon Weeden 15/1

Robert Griffin 20/1

LaMichael James 40/1

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