College Football Futures: National Champions and Heisman Winner
I know it’s only May, but there’s already Week 1 lines coming out for college football and I’m starting to get pumped up. But instead of going ahead and making Week 1 picks let’s place some future bets instead, starting with the future National Champions and the future Heisman Winner. (Odds from Bovada)
Alabama +220 and Clemson +550
Without a doubt these will be the two best teams in college football (again), and they’re the two favorites for a reason. Clemson is returning basically their entire defense, and I expect an improved Kelly Bryant to help carry their offense. And if Bryant can’t get it done, then the Tigers will ultimately turn to freshman Trevor Lawrence who is the real deal and a future college football superstar. And then Alabama is also Alabama, led by the almighty Nick Saban. I really don’t know that much about Alabama’s defense this upcoming season other than they didn’t lose Nick Saban. I’m pretty sure that’s all they’ll ever need. Alabama is returning both quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa, and no one is really sure who the starter will be until after fall camp. Alabama is also returning their leading rusher Damien Harris, who has rushed for 1000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Behind Harris, Alabama will also have Josh Jacobs who has been consistent in the running game and reliable as a receiver out of the backfield. Expect sophomore Najee Harris to have a huge role as well after an impressive showing in the National Championship game.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford +700
As a junior, Love averaged 8.3 yards a carry and was just 27 yards away from breaking 2000. Love was also responsible for 17 touchdowns. The guys a beast, and he’ll have another huge year. I don’t know if Stanford will be successful enough as a team though to help Love win the award.
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia +1200
After leading Georgia to the National Championship game as a freshman, I expect Fromm to takeover and provide most of Georgia’s offense after the departure of senior runningbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. The success of Georgia’s offense relies solely on Fromm, and I expect him to have a huge year and he’ll without a doubt be a Heisman finalist.
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia +2000
Grier completed 64% of his passes last season to go along with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Some people are saying Grier is the #1 quarterback in this upcoming draft, and winning a Heisman would definitely help his draft stock. Grier will put up huge numbers thanks to the Dana Holgorsen offense, and it helps that he has a top WR in the nation (David Sills) as his main option. Grier will need to increase the touchdown numbers by just a little bit while cutting down on the turnovers, and will also need to lead WVU to a 10+ win season for him to be considered as a possible finalist for the award.