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Melvin Gordon Still 16:1 in Heisman Race, Vegas Says


I’m never one to listen to Las Vegas when dissecting talent – especially when it comes to Wisconsin Badgers running back, Melvin Gordon.

Some say the running back would have been the cream-of-the-crop going into this year’s National Football League draft.

Some say he made the right decision to stick around for another season, at least, in the hunt for a National Championship and possible Heisman run.

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Gordon has made the short list of collegiate tailbacks in the pre-season running for the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Deciding not to come out and enter the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s a given that the junior runner has one piece of hardware on his mind going into the 2014-15 season.

“Every running back, every receiver, every college football player, everyone dreams about the Heisman, I’m sure,” Gordon said. “I know I do.”

Just two other running back rank ahead of Gordon on the 2014 watch list; Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon and Georgia’s Todd Gurly.

The odds look to not just be against Gordon, but the other running backs in the mix, also.

Only two running backs – Alabama’s Mark Ingram (2009) and USC’s Reggie Bush (2005) – have won the award since former Wisconsin back Ron Dayne took home the trophy in 1999.

Jameis Winston, the 2013 award winner and sophomore quarterback at Florida State, remains the odds-on favorite to take the same trophy, this year.

With high-powered spread offenses and increased scoring, it’s no wonder the QB position has become even more likely to produce the winner.

Here is the full list compiled by odds-makers who’ve predicted the outcome of the 2014 Heisman voting.

Heisman Odds – Courtesy of Bovada Las Vegas

Jameis Winston, Florida State QB: 2/1

Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB: 7/2

Braxton Miller, Ohio State QB: 4/1

T.J. Yeldon, Alabama RB: 5/1

Bryce Petty, Baylor QB: 6/1

Brett Hundley, UCLA QB: 12/1

Todd Gurley, Georgia RB: 12/1

Mike Davis, South Carolina RB: 15/1

Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin RB: 16/1

Everett Golson, Notre Dame QB: 25/1

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma QB: 25/1

Duke Johnson, Duke Johnson RB: 33/1

Karlos Williams, Florida State RB: 33/1

Matt Johnson, Bowling Green QB: 66/1

Rakeem Cato, Marshall QB: 66/1

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