Three Players BYU Will Face In 2018 Are Early Favorites To Win Heisman Trophy
BYU will face some of the nation’s best talent in September.
BYU has faced the eventual Heisman Trophy winner in their winning season 3 times
BYU’s Independent schedules have consistently had a lot of star power in regards to the programs that the Cougars face. But in 2018, some of those prestigious Power Five programs will boast star power on their roster as well this fall.
Bovada released their Futures lines for potential Heisman Trophy winners in the 2018 College Football season and the player who has the best odds right now is Wisconsin sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor (+600). BYU will travel to Madison on September 15th this fall.
Taylor rushed for an easy 128 yards on 18 carries as the Badgers rolled to an easy 40-6 victory over the Cougars in Provo last year.
Along with Taylor, BYU will also face Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate who has the sixth-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy according to Bovada at +1400. BYU opens the season against Tate in Tucson on September 1st.
Then one of the nation’s most experienced quarterbacks in Washington’s Jake Browning checks in on the list with the ninth-best odds at +2200. BYU will visit Montlake on September 29th in Seattle.
The last time BYU faced an eventual Heisman Trophy-winning player in their award-winning season was USC quarterback Matt Leinart in 2004. BYU lost that game 42-10.
It’s happened two other times in BYU’s history. The season opener in 2000 against Florida State and quarterback Chris Weinke and in 1982 against Georgia and all-world running back Herschel Walker.