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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
5 B1G players on Bovada Heisman odds

By Josh Moyer

The Big Ten's starting to gain respect from bookmakers when it comes to the Heisman odds.

Bovada released an updated version of its Heisman odds earlier this week, and five Big Ten players now find themselves on the list. The conference currently has more odds-on candidates than the ACC (3) and Big 12 (2), but trails the SEC (8) and Pac-12 (8).

Before, only Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon made the cut. Now there are three new faces. Here are the odds:

Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State -- 15/2 (Was 4/1 before)

Melvin Gordon RB, Wisconsin -- 16/1 (Was 16/1 before)

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska -- 33/1

Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State -- 40/1

Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State – 50/1

Bovada lists Miller with the third-highest odds in the country to win the Heisman, behind Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Gordon is also getting a lot of respect, as only one running back -- Georgia's Todd Gurley -- is ranked ahead of him.

As for the two new quarterbacks, Hackenberg and Cook are among 17 other signal-callers to make the cut.