Gaudy offensive numbers have become the expectation for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
In Louisville’s 31-28 win over Florida State on Saturday, Jackson — at least in the box score — didn’t live up to his usual standards.
That seems to be the only possible explanation for how Jackson’s Heisman odds worsened despite Jackson leading his team to a road win against one of the most talented defenses in the country.
According to Las Vegas oddsmaker Bovada, Jackson’s odds to win the Heisman Trophy for the second consecutive season dropped from 15-1 to 25-1 after Week 8. Against the Seminoles, Jackson completed 13 of 21 passes for just 156 yards and a touchdown, but he also ran for 178 yards and another score.
After the game, ESPN commentator Mark Jones, who called Saturday’s game, called Jackson “must-see TV” in a tweet and said Jackson should be getting more Heisman hype.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is now the favorite, according to Bovada. Barkley moved past Stanford running back Bryce Love and now has 4-7 odds to win the Heisman.
While Louisville’s 5-3 record likely is the primary reason for Jackson’s diminished chances to repeat as Heisman winner, he is still averaging over 418 total yards per game this season. That’s better than the total offenses of 76 FBS teams.
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