At this point in the season, it’s looking like the Hesiman Trophy is Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson’s to lose. However, two Big Ten players won’t let him take it without a fight.
According to the updated Las Vegas SuperBook Heisman odds, Jackson leads all with an overwhelming 1-50 chance to win the award, but Michigan all-purpose player Jabrill Peppers has 15-1 odds and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is tied with fellow quarterback and Clemson star Deshaun Watson at 20-1 odds.
Updated Heisman odds via @LVSuperBook: Jackson 1-50, Peppers 15-1, Barrett & Watson 20-1, Falk 25-1, Barkley & Browning 30-1, Foreman 60-1
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 14, 2016
While Jackson was part of a barrage of 44 unanswered points as Louisville beat down Wake Forest, 44-12, Barrett helped his chances with a fine game in Ohio State’s 62-3 win over Maryland. Barrett had four touchdowns, two by air and two on the ground, and threw for 253 yards.
Peppers, on the other hand, looked less than spectacular on offense in Michigan’s 14-13 loss to Iowa, as he rushed the ball four times for 11 yards. But, on defense, he made five tackles with a quarterback hurry.
Peppers was given 12-1 odd last week, while Barrett had 25-1 odds.
The only other Big Ten player with updated odds was Penn State’s Saquon Barkley. Barkley didn’t turn in an astounding game (33 rushes, 58 yards), but had two touchdowns against Indiana to keep his name in the race with 30-1 odds.