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Kedon Slovis, Ja’Marr Chase among best dark-horse candidates to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy

When 2019 Heisman Trophy odds were first posted last spring, you couldn’t even find a number on LSU quarterback Joe Burrow at most places. By the time he did show up on odds sheets in June, he was at +15000. That means, for every $1 you’d have bet on Burrow to win the Heisman, you’d have won $150.

Kyler Murray had a similar story in 2018. He wasn’t listed on odds sheets that spring, either. Even though Baker Mayfield had just won the Heisman in 2017, not many thought Murray would follow in his footsteps. Hell, most people thought he’d be playing baseball as he’d go on to be a top-10 pick in that summer’s MLB Draft. It wasn’t until the end of July that Murray showed up on boards with the odds set at +2250. Not the same longshot Burrow was, but a longshot all the same.

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