Joe Burrow led LSU to a big win over Texas in Week 2, and not only has he put the Tigers on the map when it comes to title contenders, but he has firmly announced his presence in the Heisman conversation as well. We take a look at the risers and fallers in the college football national title and Heisman trophy odds heading into Week 3.
WISCONSIN: 300/1 TO 50/1
Wisconsin has absolutely rolled through its first two games of the season, outscoring USF and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0. Jonathan Taylor’s season is off to a fantastic start with eight total touchdowns this season, but its been quarterback Jack Coan which is giving fans in Camp Randall some hope this year could be special. Coan is completing 76.3 percent of his passes on a big 9.5 yards per attempt and hasn’t thrown a pick. The Badgers have a huge test this week as Michigan comes to town, but win or lose, it appears they’ll be in contention for the Big Ten West all season long.
Other notable risers: LSU 20/1 to 12/1, Auburn 60/1 to 40/1, USC 1000/1 to 100/1
TEXAS: 30/1 TO 100/1
Even if we wanted to say “I told you so” about the Cornhuskers for the second straight week we won’t, as we turn our attention to Texas. The Longhorns’ defense clearly wasn’t up to snuff against the Tigers and hat just doesn’t bode well for Texas in terms of title contention. This was a home game and LSU is likely only the third best offense in the SEC (behind obviously Alabama and Georgia). The Longhorns may be able to still make some noise in the Big 12, but it will be surprising to see a team from that conference in the College Football Playoff that isn’t named Oklahoma.
Other notable fallers: Washington 50/1 to 100/1, Nebraska 80/1 to 200/1, Miami 500/1 to 2000/1
JOE BURROW, QB, LSU: 25/1 TO 5/1
In typical Darren Rovell fashion, the man full of interesting Twitter takes went ahead and tweeted that Joe Burrow has moved from 200/1 to 5/1 to win the Heisman. Which is technically true, but not the whole story. Burrow was 200/1 for a cup of coffee and spent the majority of the offseason at 40/1. That said, his rise to 5/1 is no less impressive as LSU finally doesn’t need to worry about who is under center. He joins the favorites for the award with Tua Tagovailoa leading the way at 3/1, followed by Trevor Lawrence and Jalen Hurts also at 5/1.
Burrow followed up his five touchdown performance in Week 1, with another four in Saturday’s 45-38 victory over Texas. He also added a big 471 yards on a 79.5 completion percentage. Burrow gets a stat-padding week as LSU hosts Northwestern State in a game where the Tigers are a whopping 51-point faves.
Other notable risers: Jonathan Taylor 18/1 to 14/1, Justin Herbert 40/1 to 25/1, D’Andre Swift 30/1 to 25/1
JAKE FROMM, QB, GEORGIA: 30/1 TO 300/1
Now, Fromm is capable of changing this once he actually has to start playing. But as of right now, the Bulldogs have a +70 point differential in their first two games and Fromm just hasn’t had to do much at all. He’s averaged 161 yards per game and only tossed two touchdowns. Yup, Fromm’s biggest problem is that the Bulldogs are winning by too much and have too much depth. Poor Georgia. Yeah, not so much. Unfortunately, things probably won’t change much this week as the Bulldogs are 33.5-point home favorites for their Week 3 matchup against Arkansas State.
Other notable fallers: Travis Etienne 8/1 to 25/1, Adrian Martinez 30/1 to 60/1, Shea Patterson 40/1 to 100/1