Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas updated its Heisman odds on Monday, and was the case last season, Cowboy running back Chuba Hubbard is severely underrated.
Despite finishing the 2019 season as arguably the nation’s top rusher, Chuba Hubbard finished 7th in the Heisman voting. Of the 6 players ahead of Hubbard, 2 were running backs who have moved on to the NFL.
Coming in at +2500 odds for the 2020 season, Hubbard is tied for 11th with 5 other players, including senior Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who also had a stellar year in 2019. Hubbard and Etienne are the only running backs listed in the latest odds, as it is mostly dominated by quarterbacks.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who finished 3rd in the Heisman voting in 2019, is tied with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who finished 8th in voting in 2019, as favorites to win it all in 2020 with +400 odds. Despite barely playing in his redshirt season last year, Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler is listed at third with +1200 odds, just ahead of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger at +1400 odds and Georgia transfer quarterback Jamie Newman at +1600 odds.
What do the 5 players ahead of Chuba Hubbard all have in common? They play for winning teams who are considered favorites to make the College Football Playoff.
(Maybe not Texas, but we’re still trying to figure if they are indeed “back” or not.)
Last season, Oklahoma State was picked to win a mere 7 games, and they ended up going 8-5, and somehow it still seemed like a disappointment. Injuries to key players held the Cowboys back from potentially winning another game or two, but overall, the mediocre record was a major contributor to keeping Chuba Hubbard out of the Heisman race.
Looking ahead to 2020, the Cowboys should be considered a dark horse to not only win the Big 12 but to also make the College Football Playoff. A peek at the schedule shows a tough mid-season matchup with the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman and a season finale game against the Texas Longhorns at home.
The losses to the Sooners and the Longhorns one season ago both came at points in time when the Cowboys seemed to be building momentum. Those types of big matchups are where legends are made, and regardless of individual performances, wins might be the most important stat when it comes to Heisman voting.
Chuba Hubbard made a big decision by choosing to bypass the NFL in order to return to Stillwater for his junior year. After a crazy sophomore season where he broke the 2000 yard barrier for rushing yards, it may seem to be unlikely for him to replicate that kind of success, but Hubbard is a rare breed.
If Hubbard can put up similar numbers to his sophomore season, AND the Cowboys manage to at least break the double-digit win barrier, then don’t be surprised if Canada’s Cowboy is in New York City in December for the Heisman Trophy Presentation.