Vegas starting to like Burrow for Heisman

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September 10, 2019 - 9:20 pm

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LSU QB Joe Burrow is in the Heisman conversation after putting up 749 yards and nine touchdowns through just two games.

Burrow saw his odds rise from 200 to 1 to five to one with some oddsmakers after dissecting Texas. USA Today beat reporter Glenn Guilbeau says Burrow has a real shot.

"He is statistically up there in passing efficiency, he has the numbers, and the Texas game was seen by a lot of people," said Guilbeau.

Burrow has filled the box score while maintaining an incredible 81.8 percent completion percentage.

Guilbeau says the star QBs for the number one and two ranked teams are still his favorites to win, but Burrow is right there in the second tier of candidates.

"Trevor Lawrence and Tua, they’re the favorites but Joe is going to be in the mix," Guilbeau said.

Tua still has the best odds in Vegas at three to one, but Burrow is now tied with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts at five to one.

LSU’s scheme puts Burrow front and center, much like it did for the Tigers' last Heisman candidate Leonard Fournette, but Burrow will face the same make-or-break test.

"If you remember in 2015, Leonard Fournette was running away with the Heisman," said Guilbeau. "I remember the USA Today votes, he had a commanding lead until they went into Tuscaloosa."

'Bama running back Derrick Henry would ultimately take home the trophy in 2015 after Leonard’s post-Crimson Tide tumble.

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