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College Football's Best Heisman Bets for 2015

Seth Russell

Seth Russell

It's time to discuss the final preseason prop bets of interest in college football and that's the Heisman Trophy. As you can tell from my previous articles, I don't like taking a lot of favorites if I don't have to. There's definitely some value here when it comes to players in the middle of the pack. The things I consider with regards to the Heisman are: how many high-profile games will that player's team have? And, will their team be in contention for a spot in the College Football Playoff?

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For this exercise, we head to sportsbook BetUS, who has more options listed then our friends at 5Dimes Sportsbook.

Ezekiel Elliott (6/1), JT Barrett (8/1), Cardale Jones (15/1), Braxton Miller (40/1), Ohio State

I'll tackle the Ohio State players all at once. Elliott rushed for almost 2,000 yards last year with 18 touchdowns. As of press date, there was no announcement on who the starter will be at QB. If you have a hunch it's going to be Jones and want a piece of a Buckeyes player, then throw something down on him. I personally think that these players will cancel each other out and no Ohio State offensive star will receive the award at season's end.

Trevone Boykin, TCU (6/1)

Boykin has the majority of his offense back from last year when he threw for 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns. The Horned Frogs were snubbed last year in terms of the Playoff and are determined to prove they belong this season. They've got an easy non-conference slate, which will help Boykin put up fat numbers before Big 12 play. If you want to go safe, then Boykin's your man.

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Cody Kessler, USC (10/1)

It's time for USC to return to the spotlight and Kessler's got what it takes to make it happen. The signal-caller completed almost 70 percent of his passes, while throwing 39 touchdowns and just five interceptions. His weapons aren't as good with Nelson Agholor now in the NFL, but big things are expected from JuJu Smith. USC has a bunch of big-time games, but can Kessler do enough to get his name out there?

Samaje Perine, Oklahoma (20/1)

Perine is your classic case of a player who will put up numbers on a team that's not going to make the Playoff. The freshman ran for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Sooners in 2014. Perine put up a FBS-record 427 yards alone against Kansas last season. The Big 12 is notorious for suspect defenses, so if you want a guy who is going to put up some gaudy numbers, then this RB is your man.

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Connor Cook, Michigan State (25/1)

Cook has one thing going for him and that's multiple chances to put himself on the map. Sparty hosts Oregon in week two while taking on Ohio State at the Horseshoe in late November. Michigan State has an outside shot to win the conference and if things break right then they could make the four-team playoff. He's a solid quarterback who will have to find new weapons without Tony Lippett and Jeremy Langford.

Seth Russell, Baylor (30/1)

This might be my favorite long shot of the bunch. Some people have Baylor in the mix for the Playoff and winning the Big 12 title. If this occurs then Russell will have to lead the way, despite only having 15 career appearances. Last year Russell had eight touchdowns and one interception in eight games. He's got weapons all over in KD Cannon, Corey Coleman and Shock Linwood. The Bears will be in plenty of shootouts in 2015, and Russell will have to be sharp for them to win those games.

— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.