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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Petty ranked sixth in Heisman Watch

By Max Olson

If you ask Art Briles, Bryce Petty should've been a Heisman Trophy finalist last December.

"You know, honestly, personally and professionally, I'm a little upset about the way it all transpired last year," Briles said at Big 12 media days. "I certainly felt like he should have been in New York, without question."

But Petty has another opportunity -- and a huge one -- to make a run at the trophy this fall. Baylor's senior quarterback is ranked No. 6 in the first edition of ESPN.com's weekly Heisman Watch poll.

Petty received votes from four of our 10 national experts and is the No. 5 quarterback on the list behind Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Braxton Miller and Brett Hundley.

If you're curious what Vegas thinks of the reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Bovada.lv has tabbed Petty's odds of winning the Heisman at 12/1. They also set the over-unders for his 2014 production: 3,700.5 passing yards, 30 1/2 touchdowns.

Petty laughed last week when asked whether he thinks people should starting buying in at those Heisman odds. He said he's never been to Las Vegas and doesn't know how that betting industry works, but he's excited to at least be considered a contender.

"It's great to be in the talk. It's good for Baylor," Petty said. "As long as we're winning and as long as I've got a trophy to hold up with these guys at the end of the year, that's what's most important for me. It's not about the individual stuff. This game is such  team sport. There's so many things that go into that award. Shoot, I'd much rather have a Big 12 championship, a national championship or both than that."