Early Heisman odds? Why not

June, 23, 2010
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The Las Vegas oddsmakers have released their early lines on the Heisman, and though no Big 12 talent is among the top contenders, the conference's best hope might surprise you.

With the 12th-lowest odds to win the trophy: Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and running back DeMarco Murray.

Jones has moderate name recognition nationally, but his mustachioed antics probably helped push that along. But it's hard to be completely shocked with Jones' spot at the top.

The league's other two marquee, bona fide top-15 teams, Nebraska and Texas, don't have a lot of established offensive talent. Oklahoma does, and Jones is the guy who makes it all go. He did it in a tough spot last year, but he's got a high-quality pedigree that could give way to a big breakout year in 2010 for the Sooners.

Murray definitely has the name recognition nationally that's necessary to earn preseason Heisman hype, but when it comes to December, wins count most when it comes to Heisman voting time. That explains why my pick to finish highest in the Heisman voting this season, Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, doesn't garner the type of odds earned by the pair of Sooners. The Aggies won just six games in 2009, and though they've earned plenty of hype this offseason, a 10-win season for the Aggies would buck a recent trend of struggles.

Here's how Vegas ranks the rest of the Big 12 through the 26-man list, which is split between 13 running backs and 13 quarterbacks. See the full list here.

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