As national television, the internet, and social media increases the visibility of college football’s greatest players, it seems likely that Heisman races moving forward will continue to be won by a consensus selection among voters. But it wasn't always that way. Join as we examine the five closest Heisman Trophy races in college football history.
While there is still plenty of drama remaining in the college football season, the suspense over who will receive the Heisman Trophy is certainly over.
Joe Burrow has been exceptional all season long, and in Tuscaloosa on Saturday he further proved his merit as the greatest player of the 2019 season.
For maybe the first time in modern college football history, the top 5 favorites to win the Heisman trophy all spent the week watching from the couch. With Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma all having bye weeks, all of our front-runners were left without an opportunity to further impress voters. With nobody playing, one might think that the odds for all the contenders would remain stagnant, but that has not been the case.
If there was ever any doubt that the Heisman trophy is awarded to the best player on one of the most successful teams, one need only look at the stat lines for Week 9’s games. Going into the weekend, LSU QB Joe Burrow was a deserving favorite at +175, with Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts nipping at his heels at +180. Both quarterbacks have performed fantastically this season and were undefeated heading into Saturday.
For the first time in 60 years, LSU has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, congratulations are owed to quarterback Joe Burrow for ascending to the top of the odds board for college football's premier individual award.
Quarterback Joe Burrow already had perhaps the game of the year, when he led LSU to victory on the road against Texas in Week 2, but Saturday’s matchup against Florida further cemented the incredible season he is having.
With so many players dropping out of the Heisman Trophy picture, who else other than Tua Tagovailoa has really stepped up and exhibited Heisman-quality play?
The 2019 Heisman Trophy race has turned into quite a human-interest story. Through five weeks of football, the two favorites are Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts.
Is it too early to declare the preseason Heisman favorite, Trevor Lawrence, out of the race? That might seem a bit premature, but bettors and fans are realizing Clemson is so dominant that Lawrence doesn't need to excel through this cakewalk of a regular season.