6 underdog picks to win the Heisman this college football seasonGet the Full StoryStephen Dunn Getty ImagesEvery year the Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football, and every year people are quick to deem one player the favorite to win the award before a snap of football has been played.
This year, the de facto favorite for the award is USC quarterback Sam Darnold. The distinction is well-deserved Darnold leads a potent offense with poise, and showed in the Rose Bowl last year that he has what it takes to perform his best under the brightest lights.
But there are other candidates for the award who should not go overlooked, as Heisman winners have a habit of coming out of nowhere to win the award.
Below we are taking a look at a few players with longer odds to win the Heisman who could potentially string together a special season that leaves them posing at the end of the year. Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, and Baker Mayfield are the three biggest favorites to take home the Heisman, but there's plenty of talented options further down the betting sheet as well.
Below are your best underdog bets to come home with the Heisman this year. All odds were set before the start of the season courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.
Note: An earlier version of this article listed Deondre Francois as a candidate to win the Heisman. Unfortunately, he went down with a season-ending injury in Florida State's first game of the season. We wish him a speedy recovery.Jake Browning, 18 1
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Who he is: Washington's Junior quarterback entering his third year under center for the Huskies.
Why he can win: Washington made the playoff last year thanks to Browning's passing and a defense that could hang with the best of them. To compete in the Pac-12 again, the Huskies are going to have to be gunslingers, and Browning has all the tools necessary to light up the stat sheet. Last year he finished with 3,430 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. If he can improve on those numbers and lead the Huskies to the Pac-12 title game, winning the Heisman doesn't seem like a stretch.
Key games remaining: Colorado 9 23 , Oregon 11 4 , Stanford 11 11
Bo Scarbrough, 30 1
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Who he is: Junior running back at Alabama who ran for 270 yards and four touchdowns during the Crimson Tide's two games in the playoff last year.
Why he can win: Two basic aspects of becoming a Heisman finalist is getting on national television and looking good when you do. Alabama is a marquee game every week, and Scarbrough will be a feature of the Crimson Tide's pro-style offensive attack this year. Break enough big runs in the right spots and he'll be in the conversation.
Key games remaining: LSU 11 4 , Auburn 11 25
Nick Chubb, 30 1
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Who he is: Georgia's stout, senior running back who is close to impossible to bring down.
Why he can win: Anyone who watched Chubb play last year knows what an enjoyable player he is on the field. He's capable of the Madden truck-stick highlights that football fans love to see out of running backs, and has the potential to break any two-yard gain into a six-yard gain, and any six-yard gain into a touchdown. UGA will get enough national attention to put him in the spotlight, and as one of the centerpieces of their offense, he'll have plenty of opportunity to shine.
Key games remaining: Tennessee 9 30 , Florida 10 28 , Auburn 11 11
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