It’s June, so Wisconsin football fans shouldn’t be overly ecstatic here.
But it does show that the hype for running back Jonathan Taylor entering his sophomore season is real. On Friday, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook released its odds for the 2018 Heisman Trophy. At No. 1 is Stanford running back Bryce Love.
Love was incredible a season ago and finished second in the award’s voting after rushing for 1,973 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. What was most impressive was his average per carry — 8.3 yards. Love opens this season as a 5-to-1 favorite to win the award.
At No. 2 is the Badgers’ Taylor.
— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) June 8, 2018
Taylor is at 7-to-1 odds to win the award. In 2017, as a freshman, he ran for 1,847 yards and 13 scores. Taylor averaged 6.8 yards per carry.
He also led Wisconsin to a 12-0 record in the regular season. The Badgers then lost to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game, but defeated Miami in the Orange Bowl. Taylor had 130 yards rushing in the 34-24 win over the Hurricanes.
The 5-foot-11 back from New Jersey tops all Big Ten players in terms of Heisman Trophy odds. Three players are tied for second in the conference at 20-to-1 — Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson and Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley.