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Justin Fields Among Early Heisman Frontrunners for 2019

Justin Fields Georgia Quarterback

The 2018 college football season has been over for a week now, which means it’s time to move on and get ready for 2019, which is exactly what sportsbook BetOnline.com has done by releasing early Heisman odds for next season.

Of note for Buckeye fans is the appearance of rising sophomore transfer quarterback Justin Fields currently tied with the third-best odds at 12:1.

Fields has yet to be ruled eligible, so you might want to be careful with your spending.

As to why Fields would already be so high on the list, it doesn’t take a lot of heavy math to understand the potential.

Fields was arguably the No. 1 quarterback in the 2018 recruiting cycle, and now he’s going to be placed in a Ryan Day offense that just saw Dwayne Haskins throw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns.

Fields played in 12 games for Georgia last season before transferring this month to Ohio State. He completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed 42 times for 266 yards and another four touchdowns.

The job won’t simply be handed over to Fields even if he is ruled eligible. Even with Tate Martell’s likely transfer, Fields will still have to compete with Matthew Baldwin, who redshirted as a true freshman this past season.

In terms of notable names missing, a year ago at this time, running back JK Dobbins was one of the favorites for the Heisman, fluctuating between 8:1 and 6:1 early on. He is not part of this list, but with the departure of Mike Weber, he could be looking at more carries in 2019.

Or, with the addition of Fields’ ability to run, perhaps Dobbins isn’t going to have the uptick people are expecting.

Clearly, however, Ryan Day’s ability to field ultra-productive quarterbacks has caught the attention of the betting community, and that probably won’t change any time soon.

[Justin Fields photo courtesy GeorgiaDawgs.com. | Ohio State Football]

6 Responses

  1. How can this be? Many 5* athletes proved to be a dud. This guy hasn’t proved anything at now OSU. This is not right for the kid as it puts far too much pressure on him to perform on that level without playing one game as the starting QB. The MEDIA has overstepped their boundary on this proclamation!

    1. This isn’t media, it’s a limited bet done by a sportsbook to garner attention.

  2. This is the exact type of thing that is ruining college football for me. There is also an early top 25 put out by ESPN. Guess who is #1. The top 25 for 2019 should not simply be based on who was best at the end of 2018. It gives the media darlings an unfair advantage in that they never have to climb to the top. I’m my opinion, which I realize is worthless, neither the top 25 of the Heisman should be mentioned until after the fourth week of the season. Let the non conference schedule play out before you start ranking teams and we would get a more true representation of the college football season. Example. University of Texas wins goes 10-4 and the QB screams “We’re back” on national TV after their defeat of Georgia and suddenly they are a top ten team. Let’s wait and see. Fields is a Heisman candidate and he’s currently ineligible. Ridiculous!!!

    1. Hey Rob, I completely agree with you but… those lists create revenue, and if people can make money off of it… they will continue to do it. Logic be damned.

  3. Hey, wait a minute. Fields has transferred, but isn’t yet eligible and is still a Heisman contender? Well, I haven’t used any of my eligibility at OSU yet, but no one is mentioning me for Heisman? I’ve played as many minutes for the Buckeyes at this point as Fields has!

  4. Until Fields is ruled eligible AND wins the job this is bogus.

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