Louisville’s loss to Houston on Thursday night was good news for all of the other teams hoping for one of the spots in the four-team College Football Playoff.
But it also had an impact on another race.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, had an off night. He was limited to 244 total yards (211 passing) and one touchdown as his team lost by 26 points.
It was Jackson’s chance to end the discussion about who should win the Heisman. Instead, he left the door open.
And that greatly benefits Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, says ESPN’s Mike Golic.
On his “Mike and Mike” radio show, Golic said that Peppers is in “a great spot to overtake Lamar Jackson” because the Wolverines do-everything defensive back/return man/running back will be in the spotlight against Ohio State and then potentially again in the Big Ten championship game.
“Jabrill Peppers right now has some showcase games,” Golic said. “My point is, Jabrill Peppers is in a position now, he’ll have a highlight game (against Ohio State) and then another one in the Big Ten championship game, where voters could still have ballots in their hand.”
Peppers was listed with 15:1 Heisman odds after last week’s games, while Jackson was staggering 1:50 favorite. Those odds will change after Saturday, especially if Peppers can have a standout game against Indiana.
Peppers was named a finalist or semifinalist for three different awards on Thursday, including the Walter Camp Award, which goes to the country’s top player.