Powerful and unstoppable LSU running back Leonard Fournette seemed a shoe-in to win the 2015 Heisman Trophy through the end of October. But as Fournette and the Tigers have learned, the award and a successful year aren’t determined in the first two months of the season.
Instead, Fournette’s now slotted as the biggest underdog and Alabama running back Derrick Henry the heavy favorite following the conclusion of the regular season, according to the latest odds via OddsShark.com, with the announcement of the finalists set to be named on Monday night at 6 p.m. ET.
Two weeks into the regular season, Henry was among a number of potential Heisman candidates listed at +1200 odds, but he’s since risen to an overwhelming -300 favorite.
A perfect example of excellent play coupled with team success, the combination Heisman voters have traditionally used, Henry’s 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns have propelled the Crimson Tide to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and the College Football Playoff rankings, and the SEC championship.
Heisman voters also love when players break long-standing records, which Henry has covered. The 6-foot-3 junior Henry broke former Georgia great Herschel Walker’s SEC record for most rushing yards in a single season by gaining 189 yards in Alabama’s 29-15 conference title game victory over Florida on Saturday. He also became the only rusher to gain more than 100 yards in two SEC title games.
With the regular season over and Henry and the Tide preparing for the CFP semifinals, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson stands as Henry’s closest competition at +500 odds. The sophomore’s 3,512 passing yards, 30 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, paired with his 887 rushing yards and 11 scores kept the Tigers undefeated throughout the season and likely keeps them as the CFP’s No. 1 team.
Watson was originally listed at as a +1400 underdog when the Tigers amazing season was just in its gestation phase, but they’ve since claimed the ACC crown and earned huge wins over ranked Florida State, Notre Dame, and North Carolina.
The other outsiders including Stanford running back Christian McCaffery after he guided the Cardinal to the Pac-12 title, as well as Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who launched 35 touchdowns to only five interceptions and rushed for another sevens cores as the Sooners wrapped up the Big-12 championship and earned a spot in the CFP’s final four.
The 81st Annual Heisman Trophy Memorial Trophy will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 12 at the PlayStation Theater in New York. The ceremony begins at 8:00 p.m.
Odds To Win 2015 Heisman Trophy via OddsShark.com
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama -300
Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson +500
Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford +1200
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State +1200
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma +1800
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State +2000
Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU +3300