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Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray Close in on Tua Tagovailoa’s Heisman Odds

Alex Kilpatrick

by Alex Kilpatrick in College Football

Oct 17, 2018 · 3:58 PM PDT

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Kyler Murray could become the first Texas A&M quarterback since Johnny Manziel to win a Heisman Trophy, and the first ever to do it while playing for Oklahoma. Oops! Photo by Scotty Mo [CC License].
  • Tua Tagovailoa is still the Heisman favorite, but it’s not over yet
  • What if he gets injured? What if he gets tired of winning?
  • Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray are close behind

Leading the Heisman Trophy race wire-to-wire is hard, especially if you never play in the fourth quarter. Tua Tagovailoa is still the 2018 Heisman Trophy favorite, but two superstar quarterbacks are starting to nip at his heels.

2018 Heisman Trophy Average Odds

You can see Murray and Haskins closing in on the early favorite, Tagovailoa. For more of this line’s history, check out our Heisman Trophy Odds Tracker.

Here are the odds:

2018 Heisman Trophy Odds

Player 2018 Heisman Trophy Odds
Tua Tagovailoa (QB Alabama) -150
Dwayne Haskins (QB Ohio State) +300
Kyler Murray (QB Oklahoma) +300
Will Grier (QB West Virginia) +1200
 McKenzie Milton (QB UCF) +2000

Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins Are Closing In

The formula for the Heisman Trophy isn’t complicated. A dynamic quarterback at a Playoff-contending team will almost certainly win the trophy. This year, Tua Tagovailoa is not the only player that fits that description.

You probably heard about Kyler Murray, and how he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland A’s. You might have heard that he’s earning more money this year than his coach, because the NCAA doesn’t care about getting a pro contract in a different sport. You should be watching him play, because he’s a delight:

He’s one of the most elusive players in college football, and he also throws darts downfield like a professional baseball player. If you’re looking for a guy to fit into the Patrick Mahomes mould, it’s Kyler Murray.

If you’re looking for a guy to fit into the Patrick Mahomes mould, it’s Kyler Murray.

I don’t have an NFL comparison for Dwayne Haskins. The best I can do is that playing him is like playing against your older brother in Madden: nothing you try is going to work. Everything you do is wrong. He just scored another touchdown.

Obviously, Haskins is helped by Ohio State’s high talent level and cupcake schedule. He’ll need to record a few signature performances to win the Heisman Trophy, and with Michigan and Michigan State coming up he’ll have an opportunity to do just that.

Tua Tagovailoa remains the favorite. However, should something happen to Tua, or should Alabama’s fully-automated luxury speedboat death machine slow down, Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins both have had the kind of seasons Heisman voters look for.

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