With the 2020 college football season behind us, it's never too early to look ahead to next season.
And it's never too early to start betting on the future, either.
PointsBet, our official sports betting partner, revealed their 2021 Heisman odds during the first week of 2021, which included Oregon quarterback Tyler Shough. His odds then were at +1500.
USC quarterback Kedon Slovis (+1200) and Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels (+1500) were also included .
Shough's odds came a bit as a surprise, though. While Shough started all seven games for the Oregon Ducks in 2020, his playing time decreased as the season went on. Boston College graduate transfer Anthony Brown operated the redzone and short-yardage packages in the Pac-12 Championship for the Ducks. Then the Oregon coaching staff flat-out benched Shough in favor of Brown for the Fiesta Bowl for possessions at a time.
The former four-star recruit finished his redshirt sophomore season completing 106-167 passes for 13 touchdowns, six interceptions and 66 rushes for 271 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in seven starts. Oregon went 4-3 in those games.
Shough began the season looking like the real deal leading Oregon to a 3-0 record before losing back-to-back road games to Oregon State and California. In each loss the offense failed to finish the game, with the Ducks failing to get a crucial first-down to clinch the game against the Beavers and failing to score a single second-half point against the Golden Bears.
And while next season remains a bit of a mystery at QB for the Ducks next season, Shough is the incumbent and presumed starter for a Joe Moorhead led offense. So, that counts for something!
After the College Football Playoff Championship Game where Alabama cruised to victory, 52-24, PointsBet revealed an updated list for the Heisman.
The favorite remains Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (+550). Lincoln Riley has coached two different Heisman winning quarterbacks since becoming head coach in 2017. Jalen Hurts also was a Heisman finalist in 2019.
Following Rattler is Clemson quarterback D.J. Uialelei (+700), Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (+700), North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (+800), Georgia quarterback J.T. Daniels (+900), Miami quarterback D'Eriq King (+1150).
While some saw their stock increase, Shough's plummeted. His odds went from +1500 to +6000.
Why? Perhaps oddsmakers overvalued Shough. Or perhaps Oregon's uncertainty at the quarterback position cooled them.
Either way, +1500 did seem like an incredibly generous starting line and have leveled off.
These odds seem about right.
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