While it was expected that whoever would start at quarterback for Ohio State would see his Heisman Trophy stock surge, one player saw an unexpected lift.
Cardale Jones is the bona fide Heisman Trophy frontrunner according to the gambling service Bovada. His start against Virginia Tech where he threw for two touchdowns and ran for 99 yards lifted him past TCU's Trevone Boykin and OSU teammate Ezekiel Elliott.
Jones is considered a 7-to-1 favorite to win the Heisman Trophy according to Bovada. Boykin and Elliott are right behind Jones at 9-to-1. Going into Monday's Virginia Tech game, Jones' odds were 12-to-1.
Making a surprise jump was wide receiver Braxton Miller. Miller saw his odds from Bovada rise from 33-to-1 before the Virginia Tech game to 16-to-1 after he scored two touchdowns. Miller had his chances drop from 10-to-1 after he announced he would not quarterback the Buckeyes.
Not surprisingly, JT Barrett saw his chances drop from 9-to-1 to 25-to-1. Barrett started in OSU's first 12 games last year before getting injured in the Michigan game. Despite missing the Big Ten Championship, Barrett finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting. Barrett entered the game in the fourth quarter of Monday's game.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer kept his decision on who would start for the Buckeyes private.
The Heisman is given to the most outstanding player in college football. The last trophy recipient from Ohio State was quarterback Troy Smith in 2006.