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USC Football: Sam Darnold Oddsmaker’s Favorite To Win Heisman

Feb 20, 2017, 4:10 AM PST
Oct 27, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) passes against the California Golden Bears in the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) passes against the California Golden Bears in the second quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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USC quarterback Sam Darnold is now the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy in 2017, with 4/1 odds per Bovada.

After his stellar redshirt freshman campaign, expectations for Sam Darnold to achieve even greater heights as a redshirt sophomore continue to grow.

The Trojan quarterback was upgraded to Heisman favorite status by Bovada on Monday, now sporting 4/1 odds to take home the most prestigious award in college football.

Darnold rates ahead of last year’s Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Lousiville and Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, who have 13/2 odds while Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough and quarterback Jalen Hurts boast 9/1 and 10/1 odds respectively.

About a month ago, Darnold was listed with the fourth-best Heisman odds at 9/1 behind Mayfield, who was the favorite, Ohio State’s JT Barrett and Jackson.

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Not much has changed for Darnold in that time, though USC brought in a highly-rated recruiting class on February 1. Still, it’s not entirely surprising to see the young phenom’s star continue to grow.

In his first season as a starter, Darnold threw for 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns with just nine interceptions as he helped USC break out of their early slump despite losing his first start on the road against Utah.

With Darnold at the helm, the Trojans ripped off nine consecutive wins, including a stunning victory in the Rose Bowl. The quarterback engineered a fourth-quarter comeback against Penn State in Pasadena, throwing the game-tying touchdown pass with 80 seconds left in the contest.

USC now boasts 9/1 odds to win the national championship this season, thanks in part to Darnold’s emergence. Only Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State have better odds.

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