Bovada released its latest 2017 Heisman odds Tuesday, and the Big 12’s three top candidates all saw their odds go down.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s odds dropped slightly from 13-2 to 15-2. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph’s odds fell from 14-1 to 25-1. Texas quarterback Shane Buechele’s odds dropped from 33-1 to 50-1. Meanwhile, former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, now at Auburn, has shot up to 20-1 odds.
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Despite his drop, Mayfield still has the third-best odds of winning the award after USC quarterback Sam Darnold and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. The Sooners quarterback has been a finalist for the award each of the past two years. He’s trying to become the first player since the 1940s to be Heisman finalist three years in a row.
Rudolph and his star receiver, James Washington, have both been mentioned for the award. Some analysts actually rank Rudolph ahead of Mayfield.
The Sooners and Cowboys are considered the top two contenders for the Big 12 title, which is part of the reason Mayfield and Rudolph are getting mentioned for the Heisman.
Buechele is in a different situation. He’s currently in a battle with true freshman Sam Ehlinger for the Longhorns’ starting quarterback job. However, if he wins that battle as expected and Texas rebounds under Tom Herman, he’ll start getting plenty of attention for lots of awards.
The Big 12’s last Heisman winner was former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2011.