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AND THEY'RE OFF...

Sizing up the early odds in the 2018 Heisman race
Author:

BRYCE LOVE

RB • STANFORD (SENIOR)

Only three running backs have won the award since 2000, but after his highlight-heavy runner-up '17 campaign—2,118 yards on 8.1 yards per carry—the senior is the favorite.

ODDS: 8 to 1

KHALIL TATE

QB • ARIZONA (JUNIOR)

He could put up such spectacular numbers that he could win the award even though his team is not quite at the elite level (à la Robert Griffin III or Lamar Jackson?).

ODDS: 11 to 1

JONATHAN TAYLOR

RB • WISCONSIN (SOPHOMORE)

With 1,977 rushing yards as a freshman, he finished third in the country in rushing. Since the Badgers again have one of the best O-lines in the country, he'll get plenty of work.

ODDS: 13 to 1

TRACE MCSORLEY

QB • PENN STATE (SENIOR)

His dominant performance against Washington in a 35--28 Fiesta Bowl win—32 of 41 passes for 342 yards—was a preview of things to come.

ODDS: 18 to 1

TUA TAGOVAILOA

QB • ALABAMA (SOPHOMORE)

A Tide QB has never won the award, but based on his play in the national title game (O.K., it's a small sample size), he represents Alabama's best chance in recent memory.

ODDS: 20 to 1