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Heisman odds: Robert Griffin goes from hopefull to runaway favorite

There’s nothing worse than finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you even get to unwrap one gift.

That’s how college football fans feel with reports surfacing that Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III will win the 2011 Heisman Trophy when the award for college football’s most outstanding player is handed out in New York Saturday night.

As first reported by NationalFootballPost.com, Griffin’s Heisman odds at offshore sportsbook BetOnline.com moved  from +300 to -500 in just a 24-hour period.

According to Dave Manson, a spokesperson for BetOnline.com, the book took a few max-limit plays on Griffin at +300, driving the price down to +150. Since then, money has poured in on Griffin, moving the odds to a pricey -500 and shortening limits on the prop to $250 per wager.

“Yeah something definitely smells a little fishy here,” Mason told Covers.com. “We didn’t expect such massive one-sided action, especially with big names like (Stanford QB Andrew) Luck and (Alabama RB Trent) Richardson out there. We’ll monitor and if the money keeps coming in on RG3 - no matter how high we put the odds - we’ll have to draw our own conclusions and probably shut it down early.”

Heisman voters had to submit their ballots Monday afternoon, which seems to follow the timeline for a leak.

"Until last night and today it seemed like a wide open race, unlike the previous years," Mason said. "Doesn’t seem so wide open anymore though."

According to Heisman predictor StiffArmTrophy.com, Griffin is leading Luck in the Heisman voting, getting 86 first-place votes on 141 of the accounted ballots so far. The website tracks the Heisman race as voters declare their selections and, according to them, have correctly predicted the winner in nine of the nine years they’ve been tracking votes.

StiffArmTrophy.com did not respond to an email sent Tuesday morning.

ESPN.com's Heisman predictor also lists Griffin III as its pick to take home the prestigious award.

Some books, like BetOnline.com, are still offering Heisman props, while many others have taken the bet on the board.

Griffin wasn’t on many people’s radar to open the year, with Luck set as the Heisman favorite, priced at +300, back in March. Michigan QB Denard Robinson (+500), South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore (+500), and Oregon RB LaMichael James (+600) rounded out the Heisman hopefuls.

The NCAA announced the five finalists for the 2011 Heisman this past week, giving nods to Griffin, Luck (+350), Richardson (+250), Wisconsin RB Montee Ball (+1,500), and LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu (+2,000).

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Posted by motatt
2 years ago

I don't have a dog in this contest, however if the BS about the SEC continues then they should award the trophy to both Alabama & LSU. About Mathieu, he is an exceptional talent on a great team and his returns (2) against Georgia were fantastic and since the officials didn't or wouldn't or couldn't call the obvious clips on each of these runs or the pitching of the ball to the official before crossing the goal line I guess there were no fouls. Let us conclude that the Heisman belongs to someone in the SEC. motatt
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Posted by tmurda666
2 years ago

i like Tyrann Mathieu...
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Posted by Blighman
2 years ago

Ball balls and RQ8 tanked in the middle of the season and incurred more losses than any of the finalists
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Posted by NFLJOE
2 years ago

Richardson and Alabama didnt win their conference. Hell they couldnt even win their division. And neither did Luck and Stanford. RGIII had a great year, he deserves it.
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Posted by bk1374
2 years ago

dawizard2011 In case your not up to speed. Alabama and Stanford did NOT win their conferences either. Not sure when bowl game status/month has ANYTHING to do with winning the Heisman???? I'm not saying RGIII should win, but your reasoning for eliminating him from contention is absurd.
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Posted by usmail
2 years ago

RG III
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Posted by thegreat30
2 years ago

Un-huh bet it all shifts to Luck by Thursday. Old ploy.
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Posted by bmiller1632
2 years ago

should just bet whatever you have in your account on RG3 to win heisman ...EASY MONEY ..no way to lose!
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Posted by usmail
2 years ago

"RG III"