What are the odds a Pac-12 player wins the 2013 Heisman Trophy?
Glad you asked, because sports betting site Bovada released its 2013 Heisman Trophy odds this week -- thanks to the Big Ten blog for noticing! -- and it includes five Pac-12 players among its top 23.
Of course, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel tops the list with 4-to-1 odds. He became the first freshman to win the award this winter, so he'll top most preseason lists.
Lee's big question is who will be throwing him the ball. He won't have much chance of winning the Heisman if the Trojans post-Matt Barkley QB play is anywhere as bad as it was in the Sun Bowl.
My take: I think Mariota is the best bet for the conference to win the Heisman in 2013. His numbers were spectacular as a first-year, redshirt freshman starter -- good enough for first-team All-Pac-12 -- and even a slight uptick would make them Heisman-worthy, particularly if the Ducks are again in the national title hunt.
That, of course, is a major issue for Heisman candidates: Winning. It's rare for a Heisman winner to play for a team outside the top 10, one that isn't playing high-profile games of national interest. Recall that Manziel's top Heisman moment was when the Aggies shocked the nation by winning at No. 1 Alabama.
UCLA QB Brett Hundley is 15th at 20-1. If the Bruins win the South Division again and push into the nation's top 15, Hundley could match the dual-threat numbers of a Manziel or Mariota.
Finally, Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey is 21st at 33-1. Carey's on the list because he led the nation in rushing last year, but he's got two issues working against him: 1) The Wildcats might not win enough for him to get noticed; 2) Carey has some off-field problems clouding things.