After hearing the NHL was back I logged onto my book yesterday to throw a $20 future down on the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup at whatever their odds would be. Unfortunately, my book is my coward and doesn't have NHL odds listed. Nothing you can do about it, but it did lead me to peeking at the Heisman odds, and to say I was aroused wouldn't give the situation justice:
Right off the bat, one player sticks out like a sore thumb, and that's Ian Book. I understand books across the country giving Notre Dame's Quarterback odds as high as +2000, but after a good, not great 2019 campaign, I see this as a scenario where the most delusional fanbase in the country not named Michigan unloads the bank account on Book to win the Heisman. The Fighting Irish are virtually playing an ACC schedule this year with Clemson, Louisville, Duke, Pitt Georgia Tech and Wake Forrest on the schedule, plus Wisconsin and and improved USC team. A tour schedule that if the Irish can win at least 10 games, I see a scenario where Book gets the invite to New York. Wouldn't make the bet, but if I can understand the logic if you were to.
There are 4 players from the range of +2000 to +3000 that I'm considering throwing long shot bets onto and they are
Chuba Hubbard +2000- The now junior running back from Oklahoma State ran for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns as a Sophomore in 2019. The Cowboys are always going to be electric offensively with Mike Gundy as their head coach, there's no debating that. But with the Big 12 being wide open this year with Oklahoma coming off a dismantling in the CFB Playoff and losing Jalen Hurts and Matt Rhule leaving Baylor for the NFL, Chuba Hubbard can realistically be the first running back since Lamar Jackson* in 2016 to win the Heisman if the Cowboys can make some noise in the Big 12.
Mac Jones +2000- The Crimson Tide are going to look extremely different in 2020 after losing Tua Tagovailoa, Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy on the offensive side of the football, but from what we saw from Jones in 2019, I don't think the Crimson Tide are going to look crazy different. Jones kept his cool against Auburn despite throwing 2 picks, and then completely picked apart Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. Definitely not an exciting option to win, but the Quarterback from Alabama will always be thrown into the National spotlight.
Bo Nix +3000- Nix spent his Spring Break training with QB guru Jordan Palmer, alongside the likes of Joe Burrow and Sam Darnold. You're obviously not going to magically transform into a Heisman winner by simply training with some of the best, but you bet your ass that Bo Nix will improve from the training, and realistically, I see his mental strength improving from it. Training with Burrow you'll learn about expanding that killer instinct and with Darnold you'll learn that you should never admit to seeing ghosts while on the field. Nothing about Nix's game in 2019 was flashy, but if Auburn wants to make a run for the playoff this year, it'll have to be under a Heisman campaign from Nix. The only thing I like more than is demeanor on the field is his name, Bo Nix just sounds like he was born to win the Heisman Trophy.
Sam Howell +3000- Call it drinking the Kool-Aid, but this isn't the first time someone from Chicago has fallen in love with a Quarterback from North Carolina. After watching the Tar Heels nearly take down Clemson last year and dismantle Temple in the Military Bowl, and learning they're returning 10 of 11 offensive starters this year, it's hard not to like them. Crazy even saying that I like North Carolina football, that's so gross. Sam Howell is a pretty polished passer in my opinion, and after being 15th in the country in passing yards as a true freshman, he's only going to keep getting better. Howell has to lead the Tar Heels to an ACC Championship for this to even be possible and that's a lot to ask for a team that went 7-6 in 2019, but Howell is that good in my opinion. I'm absolutely betting the +3000 number here.
You're an absolute fool if you don't see Trevor Lawrence +450 and get a raging boner. Without a doubt the best quarterback in College Football, playing for who will most likely be the preseason number 1, and will dismantle Notre Dame on national tv in November? Take my money.
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