A record-breaking opener for Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett has improved his Heisman odds, while Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers saw a dip in his odds.
In Bovada’s Heisman odds, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is the new leader at 4/1 — he was 11/2 going into his first game. But then he rushed for 126 yards and two TDs against Kansas State while adding 40 receiving yards. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson is second at 9/2.
In the Big Ten, Barrett is currently at 11/2. He was 10/1 but then accounted for a program-record seven touchdowns in the 77-10 win against Bowling Green. Not surprisingly, he was the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week. Ohio State is also tied with Clemson for third for national title odds at 13/2.
Up in Michigan, Jabrill Peppers is tied for eighth at 18/1 from what was 12/1. He had eight total tackles in Michigan’s dominant 63-3 win against Hawaii, but the slightly worse odds are likely a natural change due to the inevitable uphill climb predominately defensive players have in the Heisman race. As for Michigan, the Wolverines are now 10/1 after being at 9/1 a week ago.
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is currently 66/1. He’ll have a chance to make an impression against rival Pitt this weekend.
Wisconsin doesn’t have a player listed here, but the Badgers did leave a mark after the first week. LSU RB Leonard Fournette was one of the Heisman favorites at 4/1, but with the Tigers’ loss, Fournette is now only 15/2. The loss also moved LSU from 13/2 to 12/1 for national championship odds.