- Haener climbing quickly to the top of Heisman Trophy odds
- Cincinnati’s Ridder joins Haener in Group of 5 march
- Oddsmakers pushing Fresno State to top of Mountain West race
Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener wasn’t even on the Heisman Trophy boards in August, and now the Bulldogs’ senior quarterback has moved from (+4000) to (+3500) on the Heisman boards.
Haener, who started his career as a Washington Husky, has a chance to not only move forward on the Heisman watch boards but potentially move the Bulldogs into contention for a New Year’s Day Bowl bid.
For the second week in a row, @jakehaener10 has earned a spot on the Davey O'Brien Award's Great 8 list💪
— Fresno State Football (@FresnoStateFB) September 28, 2021
He had been spotted at (+5000) earlier, but his increasingly better play in the last two weeks in come-from-behind wins over UCLA and UNLV has put him in a position to contend for the Heisman Trophy.
Then, last week, the Runnin’ Rebels took a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. He threw five touchdown passes, four to Cropper, as the last one put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 35-30 with 4:53 left.
Haener has completed 73 percent of his passes for 368.4 yards while throwing 15 TD passes against only two picks in his 186 attempts and has proven he belongs with all of the FBS quarterbacks as his futures are like lava in a volcano.
At (+3500), he has already passed Georgia QB JT Daniels (+4000) and North Carolina’s Sam Howell (+4000) and is currently tied with Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson (+3500). Haener also has Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (+3000) and Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (+2500) in his crosshairs.
Ole Miss QB Matt Corral (+160) and Alabama’s Bryce Young (+185) lead the race as the winner of Saturday’s game could provide the outcome of the Heisman race in the end.
Carrying the Mantra for the Group of Fives
Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder (+1600) is third in Heisman odds behind Corral and Young and is also seen at (+1500) on some odd boards.
So far this season, Haener has outplayed Oregon QB Anthony Brown (+4000) and UCLA’s Dorian Thompson Robinson (+10000), who were sitting on the Heisman boards before he was even entered.
Cincinnati’s Ridder was on the board in the preseason with (+5000) odds and moved to (+2500) after the Bearcats’ win over Miami (Ohio). After he threw for 243 yards and two scores in Cincy’s 42-7 win over Murray State on and pushed to (+2000). Ridder, the quintessential dual-threat quarterback, has passed for 249.7 yards on average in the Bearcats’ 3-0 start with seven TD passes and two interceptions. He also has 72 yards on 20 carries with a pair of TD runs.
Cincy can stake itself deeper into the national championship picture if the Bearcats can win at Notre Dame on Saturday, where they are a (-2.5) favorite over the Fighting Irish and have a moneyline number cast at (-125).
Bark at the Park
Fresno State is currently running neck and neck with Boise State in odds to win the Mountain West as the Bulldogs are posted at (+210) while the Broncos are still favored at the online sportsbooks by a razor’s edge at (+190).
The Wolfpack and Aztecs have come up strong in the non-conference with wins over Cal and Utah, respectively.
- Going into the season, Fresno State was listed as the sixth most likely team to win the Mountain West as the ‘Dogs are sitting at (+2000).
- Before the season began, Boise State was the conference favorite at (-125) as Nevada checked in at (+333). San Jose State, the defending Mountain West champion, was at (+600) with Wyoming (+900), Hawaii at (+1200), and San Diego State (+1800).
The Bulldogs square off with Hawaii in Honolulu on Saturday evening as they are a 10-point favorite (-110), with the OVER/UNDER standing at 61.5. Fresno State is posting (-400) on the moneyline while the Rainbow Warriors are at (+300).