- Bo Nix opened with +900 odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy at Bovada
- However, his odds are +3000 at MyBookie
- The varying odds are reflective of a quarterback that had an up-and-down season
After an up-and-down freshman campaign, the books are split on Auburn quarterback Bo Nix’s Heisman Trophy Chances in 2020. Bovada listed the Tiger pivot at +900 odds to bring home the award. MyBookie, on the other hand, has Nix all the way out at +3000 odds.
These varying numbers are a perfect metaphor for the type of player Nix has been early in his career. He was genius at some points and head-scratching at others, and that is reflected in the widely different 2020 Heisman Trophy odds on the market.
2020 Heisman Trophy Odds at MyBookie
|Player||Odds at MyBookie|
|Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson||+225|
|Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State||+250|
|Kedon Slovis, QB, USC||+400|
|Mac Jones, QB, Alabama||+500|
|Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State||+600|
|Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota||+700|
|Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma||+700|
|Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas||+800|
|Myles Brennan, QB, LSU||+900|
|Sam Howell, QB, UNC||+1000|
|Kyle Trask, QB, Florida||+1000|
|Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis||+1200|
|Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU||+1200|
|Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU||+1200|
|Derek Stingley Jr, CB/WR, LSU||+1200|
|Bo Nix, QB, Auburn||+3000|
Odds taken Jan 8.
It’s certainly odd to see a player featured so highly on one board and not even crack the top 15 at another, but Nix’s freshman season has elicited these kinds of widely varied evaluations already. Even after his very first college game, the football world was split down the middle on what to make of Nix.
In the 2019 season-opener, his stat line was ugly. He completed just 13 of 31 attempts for just 177 yards, and he had 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions to finish with a 44.8 QBR. That was the negative.
The positive was that, in the late third and entire fourth quarter, Nix turned it around. He led the AUburn offense on three touchdown drives in the final twenty minutes against an excellent Oregon D, and there was never a sign of panic on the young passer’s face.
Since that night, Nix has had the staunchest of critics, and the most passionate of supporters. Each has a good argument.
Which Book is Right?
Nix’s numbers last season don’t instill a world of confidence. He completed just 57.6% of his passes for 2,542 yards, and threw just 16 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. Those aren’t Heisman numbers.
However, a deeper look suggests that improvement is on the way. In the last four games of the season, Nix had 744 yards and 4 touchdowns without a single interception. In those four games, his completion percentage was under 60% just one time.
Mid-season, Nix had been saddled with the moniker of “Bo Picks”, which is as unfair as it gets. He threw just 6 interceptions all year, and that’s not it. In 13 contests this season, Nix only registered an interception in three. For a freshman passer, Nix actually avoided making poor decisions at an extremely high rate.
Nix also added 313 rushing yards and 7 scores on the ground in 2019.
When it comes to his Heisman chances, the +900 number is more spot-on for the Auburn passer. At +3000, having a quarterback with a huge potential for improvement in his sophomore season listed behind wide receivers and defensive backs is a bit extreme.
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