Updated Heisman Odds Feature Crimson Tide Players
We are half way through the Alabama football season and the No. 1 offense in the country has been electric thus far.
After the impressive 41-24 win over Georgia this past weekend, Alabama's offensive became the topic of discussion as the Tide features a couple players in the front running for the 2021 Heisman Trophy.
Those players are QB Mac Jones, and RB Najee Harris,
Once thought of as a long shot to win the Heisman, Mac Jones has found himself at the top of the list after throwing four 417 yards and four touchdowns against the nations No. 1 rated defense.
The last time an Alabama quarterback came close to hoisting the Heisman trophy, was in 2018 with Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa was a heavy favorite to win the award but ultimately was unable to beat out Oklahoma QB, Kyler Murray.
Unfortunately for Jones, he's going to have to beat out "Touchdown Jesus" Trevor Lawrence, who just racked up 400 yards and five touchdowns in Clemson's 73-7 win over Georgia Tech.
Lawrence is a household name and thought of as the best prospect since Andrew Luck, so it'll take a lot to change the minds of the people.
One thing that Jones has on his side, is recency bias. Last years Heisman winner Joe Burrow had a very similar situation and yet prevailed despite the odds.
According to USA Today, Jones has closed the gap on Lawrence and moved 14 points closer to Lawrence in odds to win.
As for Najee Harris, despite him continuing to shred and power his way through defenses, his odds dropped after Saturday.
Alabama has had running-backs bring home the hardware twice in the last 10 years, with Derrick Henry (2015) and Mark Ingram (2009). But, how do Harris's stats compare to Ingram and Henry's through four games?
Najee Harris: On 83 attempts Harris has 499 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6 yards per carry, while also adding 86 yards on the receiving end.
Mark Ingram: In 2009 Ingram had 61 attempts 347 yards and three touchdowns.
Derrick Henry: In 2015 Henry had 67 attempts 422 yards and seven touchdowns.
The fact that Alabama has two players in the front running for the Heisman is incredibly impressive, but we'll see if the Crimson Tide can bring home its third bronze statue.