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Justin Fields, Mac Jones emerge as Heisman favorites

An absence of at least two games has cost Trevor Lawrence pole position in the 2020 Heisman Trophy race.

Multiple sportsbooks downgraded Lawrence with the Clemson quarterback out for the second game in a row due to COVID-19. Lawrence did not play Saturday in a 32-28 win over Boston College and has been ruled out for No. 1 Clemson at No. 4 Notre Dame this weekend.

Alabama’s Mac Jones and Ohio State dual threat Justin Fields are getting more love with Lawrence out of the picture.

Lawrence is now 2-1 at FanDuel, which installed Jones and Fields as co-favorites in the latest odds released Sunday night. Lawrence, who has 17 touchdowns and two interceptions this season, is expected to play again this season. He remains the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft even after hinting early last week, prior to the coronavirus news, that he could be back at Clemson next year.

BetMGM moved Lawrence to 3-1 odds to win the Heisman on Monday morning, behind Jones (1.5-1) and Fields (1.75-1).

Fields was 3.5-1 prior to the start of the season. Ohio State improved to 2-0 on Saturday with a win at Penn State.

The 22-year-old Jones has a QB rating of 198.9 with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions. He had four touchdown passes and threw for 291 yards in a 41-0 win over Mississippi State on Saturday that improved the Crimson Tide’s record to 6-0.

There is a cliff between the trio of top contenders at most sportsbooks and the longshots still in the conversation. This all before the Pac-12 kicks off its 2020 regular season this week.

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask is 20-1 at FanDuel and BetMGM.

The top-rated Heisman contender in the Pac-12 is Southern Cal quarterback Kedon Slovis at 22-1.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book remains 150-1 at BetMGM with a chance for his “Heisman moment” in South Bend on Saturday night.

–Field Level Media

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