LSU QB Burrow boosts Heisman odds with quick start

It has taken two weeks for another top-tier Heisman Trophy candidate to emerge.

LSU senior Joe Burrow has jumped from preseason 300-1 odds on FanDuel Sportsbook to 5-1 (+500) after the Tigers' 2-0 start that included Saturday's 45-38 victory at then-No. 9 Texas. Burrow is listed with the same odds as Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, trailing only Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (+300, 3-1).

The odds are fluid early in the season, with the sportsbooks not exactly in lockstep.

Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas lists Tagovailoa as the new favorite at 3-1, followed by Lawrence, Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at 5-1. Burrow draws 8-1 odds at BetAmerica.

Burrow is the interloper amid the top candidates. The former Ohio State transfer was solid last season, taking over the starting job after leaving the Buckeyes as a graduate transfer following 2018 spring practice. He completed 219 of 379 passes for 2,894 yards, with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions, also rushing for 399 yards and seven scores.

Known for his accuracy, the biggest difference in Burrow so far this season might be LSU taking its self-imposed shackles off an offense that has dragged down its always-stout defense in recent years.

Burrow is directing an up-tempo, spread attack and is completing passes at an 81.8 percent rate (54 of 66) for 749 yards, with nine touchdowns and one interception. He carved up Texas for 471 yards in the kind of signature victory that Heisman voters love.

"The kid is a baller," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "He lives for that moment."

The chance to get Burrow at good betting value is gone, but he's a legit candidate because of his stats, his team -- now ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press poll -- and more Heisman-moment opportunities vs. Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Texas A&M.

Contrast that with Lawrence, who is expected to post big numbers for No. 1 Clemson, but the Tigers aren't scheduled to face another current Top 25 team in the regular season after last week's win over Texas A&M.

FanDuel has Hurts at +700, followed by Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm at +1400. The first non-quarterback on its board is Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who is tied with Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at +1600.

--Field Level Media

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