Buckeye climbs to top of Heisman odds
All Vegas needed to see was one game from Cardale Jones.
The Buckeye junior, who was named the starting quarterback over J.T. Barrett on the first series in Monday’s opener, is the new Heisman Trophy favorite, according to Bovada.com.
The site put Jones’ odds to win college football’s top individual honor at 7-to-1. The 250-pound signal-caller racked up three total touchdowns and ran for 99 yards in Ohio State’s 42-24 win in Blacksburg on Monday night. He made his fourth career start, and was also playing in his first true road game after leading the Buckeyes to three straight postseason wins in last year’s national title run.
Jones surpassed teammate Ezekiel Elliott, who tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin for the second pick to win the award at 9-to-1 odds.
Braxton Miller impressed Vegas enough with his spin heard round the world to climb all the way to 12th with 16-to-1 odds. Despite his status as the nation’s best backup quarterback, J.T. Barrett was one spot behind Miller with 25-to-1 odds, which tied him with Michigan State’s Connor Cook.
The last Ohio State player to make the trip to New York was actually Miller after he garnered Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. Troy Smith was the last Buckeye to win the award when he did so in 2006.