Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has started one game for the Sooners – but according to oddsmakers, he might have a better chance than any Big 12 player at the Heisman Trophy. Online sportsbook BetOnline.ag released its 2018 Heisman odds on Thursday, and Murray tops the list at 20-1.
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, who has been hyped as a major Heisman contender himself over the offseason, also checks in at 20-1. Stanford running back Bryce Love, a Heisman finalist last season, leads the way at 5-1.
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Murray showed eye-popping potential in his brief stints on the field last season, but may have a decision to make regarding his football future. Murray is expected to be a high pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and the lure of a big signing bonus may be enough to convince him to focus on baseball.
However, coach Lincoln Riley said that he expects Murray to be back in Norman this fall. What Murray lacks on his resume in proven production, Grier has in spades. The West Virginia quarterback threw for nearly 3,500 yards and 34 touchdowns in just 10 full games last season.
They aren’t the only Big 12 players represented. Murray’s teammate, running back Rodney Anderson, has 25-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. In addition, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger also has 25-1 odds, even though he’s currently locked in a battle for the starting job with junior Shane Buechele.
In addition, Oklahoma has the best odds of any Big 12 team to win the national title. The Sooners have 25-1 odds, locking them in a tie for eighth with Auburn, Miami and Washington. Texas follows them at 40-1 with West Virginia at 50-1.