Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota are the favorites in the latest Heisman Trophy odds released by Bovada on Tuesday. Next up are three players all at 11/2 odds: Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.
Prescott, whose Bulldogs took down Auburn on Saturday, wasn't great through the air in going 18-of-34 for 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, though he did add 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts. Mariota led Oregon back onto the winning track after last week's stunning loss to Arizona, going 17-of-27 for 210 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 75 yards and two more touchdowns in a win at UCLA.
Gordon, meanwhile, joins Petty and Golson in third place after taking 27 carries for 175 yards and four touchdowns in Wisconsin's win over Illinois. He also benefits from the suspension of Georgia running back Todd Gurley for allegedly receiving money for signing autographs. Gordon is now the only non-quarterback in the top eight of Bovada's odds; Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah is ninth after dropping to 25/1.
Elsewhere, Gordon jumped to third in both ESPN.com's latest Heisman Watch and CBSSports.com's consensus Heisman rankings. SB Nation's Andy Hutchins considers Gordon part of the "second pack" of Heisman contenders, and he nicely sums up Gordon's paradoxical candidacy at this point:
Gordon's odds just keep falling as his numbers keep stacking. But he's right where he'll stay without shakeups or a deviation from his sick statistical pace: at the back of the pack of chasers.
|2014 Heisman Trophy Odds, per Bovada|
|Odds on Oct. 10||Current Odds|
|Dak Prescott (QB Mississippi State)||2/1||9/4|
|Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon)||4/1||3/1|
|Bryce Petty (QB Baylor)||33/1||11/2|
|Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame)||6/1||11/2|
|Melvin Gordon (RB Wisconsin)||20/1||11/2|
|Bo Wallace (QB Mississippi)||Off the Board||20/1|
|Jameis Winston (QB Florida State)||22/1||20/1|
|Nick Marshall (QB Auburn)||5/2||20/1|
|Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska)||20/1||25/1|
|Amari Cooper (WR Alabama)||20/1||33/1|
|J.T. Barrett (QB Ohio State)||50/1||50/1|
|Javorius Allen RB (USC)||100/1||50/1|
|Kenny Hill (QB Texas A&M)||20/1||50/1|
|Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma)||50/1||66/1|
|Rakeem Cato (QB Marshall)||66/1||66/1|
|Brett Hundley (QB UCLA)||33/1||Off the Board|
|Connor Cook (QB Michigan State)||50/1||Off the Board|
|Trevor Knight (QB Oklahoma)||50/1||Off the Board|
|Cameron Artis-Payne (RB Auburn)||66/1||Off the Board|