Oklahoma Sooners QB Spencer Rattler is a Heisman Trophy favorite after a big opening game against Missouri State. Photo from @OU_Football (Twitter).
- The Heisman odds have been updated and there are major changes on the board
- Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler put up monster numbers in one half of football and is making waves
- Consider betting Rattler and one other star lower down the board before all the value is gone
The 2020 college football season is still in the early stages but there’s already been a major shakeup in the Heisman odds.
2020 Heisman Trophy Odds
|Player||Sep. 16th Odds||Aug. 21 Odds|
|Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)||+180||+200|
|Spencer Rattler (QB, Oklahoma)||+400||+900|
|Sam Ehlinger (QB, Texas)||+600||+1400|
|Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson)||+1400||+2500|
|Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)||+1600||+1600|
|Myles Brennan (QB, LSU)||+1600||+1400|
|D’Eriq King (QB, Miami)||+1800||+1400|
|Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama)||+2000||+6600|
|Kyle Trask (QB, Florida)||+2000||+2500|
|Najee Harris (RB, Alabama)||+2200||+3000|
|Bryce Young (QB, Alabama)||+2500||+5000|
|Kellen Mond (QB, Texas A&M)||+2500||+5000|
|Chuba Hubbard (RB, OK State)||+3300||+2000|
Odds taken Sep. 16th
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler had an impressive debut which caused a swift reaction from the oddsmakers. He was sitting at +900 a little more than three weeks ago and he’s now listed at +400. Let’s take a look into his game and see if there’s still value to be had in a wager.
Spencer Rattler was 14-17 with 4 TDs and 290 yards … in the first half of his first career start.
OU’s next Heisman candidate at QB? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zSP5q7htL5
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) September 13, 2020
Impressive Debut Came Against Weak Competition
The stats from Rattler’s first start are undeniably impressive. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns. More impressive than the final numbers is the fact he tallied them all playing only one half of football.
Oklahoma was handing such a thorough beating to Missouri State that his services were no longer needed after halftime. How much can be read into a great performance against an FBS opponent? Quite a bit actually. It was Rattler’s first start at the collegiate level and seeing he could handle the pressure was important.
Highest-graded QBs through Wk 2
1. Grant Wells, Marshall – 94.7
2. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma – 93.7
3. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh – 92.6
4. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson – 92.5
5. Jarret Doege, WVU – 92.1 pic.twitter.com/KwJ3fQUfhs
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 16, 2020
It didn’t take him long to settle in either as you can see from finishing with only three incompletions. He’s accurate and poised, those things will play against any opponent.
While it’s tough to project whether he’ll join Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as recent Heisman Trophy winners from Oklahoma, the shift in the odds makes sense. The lottery ticket-like odds may not be available but there is still plenty of value at +400 considering he’s likely to be in the mix all season, just as the OU starting quarterback is every year under head coach Lincoln Riley.
2021 CFP National Championship Odds Tracker
Consider Betting Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard as Well
If you’re looking for a player farther down the board to sprinkle some money on, consider Oklahoma State star Chuba Hubbard. He has a great chance to be the first running back to win the Heisman Trophy since Alabama’s Derrick Henry back in 2015. Hubbard ran for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns last year before surprising all of college football and deciding to come back for his senior season.
Most forced missed tackles in the Big 12 last season:
1. Chuba Hubbard – 77
2. Pooka Williams Jr – 74 pic.twitter.com/wUNxAxQ0xU
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 12, 2020
If you didn’t bet on Rattler three weeks ago, allow that to be your lesson. You don’t need to see a contender beat up on an inferior opponent before making your wager. Hubbard and the Cowboys open their season against Tulsa on Saturday.
Get your money in before he racks up huge numbers and ends up all over SportsCenter. When it comes to futures bets in college football, the waiting game rarely pays off.
Ryan has been working at TSN for over eleven years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he’s launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.