King Injury Causing Sportsbook to Recast Aggies’ Confidence

Haynes King Texas A And M Aggies Background

  • Aggies’s odds drop somewhat with King’s injury
  • Online sportsbooks post four Aggies on Heisman Boards
  • Definite SEC flavor on Heisman Odds Boards

Texas A&M starting quarterback Haynes King is expected to miss 4-7 weeks due to a crack in his lower right leg while his surgery has been a success, according to Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher.

The Aggies have dropped back to (+800) to win the SEC West on some odds boards while they maintain a steady (+600) on others. Of course, Alabama is a solid (-350) to once again win the SEC West and Ole Miss, behind a hot quarterback in Matt Corral, has crept up to (+500) on some boards.

King, a redshirt freshman, was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s 10-7 win at Colorado and had completed 22-of-35 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Texas A&M has also fallen back in odds to win the SEC as they are now generally sitting around (+2000) as they appear at (+2200) on some boards and are still (+1200) on others.

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The Aggies and Florida are also tied at (+2500) by some oddsmakers while Ole Miss is picking up some steam in getting to (+3300) in some places.

LSU, Auburn, and Kentucky post (+5000) odds while Arkansas is still posting (+11000) despite the 40-21 beat down of the Texas Longhorns in Fayetteville on Saturday evening. Alabama is as low as (-160) to win the SEC with Georgia has been seen as low as (+160).

Aggies’ National Championship Odds Still Lengthy

The Aggies fell back to (+4000) from (+3000) to win the national championship. However, A&M is still listed on at (+2500).

Texas A&M broke into the top five this week as the Aggies are rated at No. 3, but the oddsmakers are still reticent to move the them into the same portal as Alabama (+180), Georgia (+330), Oklahoma (+750), Clemson (+800) and Ohio State (+900).

Some odds boards are giving the Crimson Tide as low as (+150) and the Bulldogs at (+225) to win the national title. You can still shop and find Tigers and Buckeyes at (+400) with the Sooners (+650) while (+2500) is the best buy on the Aggies and Oregon Ducks.

Aggies on the Heisman Board

The SEC is once again chocked full of Heisman Trophy candidates. Haynes King dropped off the Heisman board with his injury status after posting (+7500) odds last week.

His replacement and the Aggies backup, Zach Calzada, has posted this week at (+10000) after showing up on some boards at (+8000) a week ago. Calzada completed 18-of-38 passes for 183 yards and a game-winning touchdown pass to Isaiah Spiller in the fourth quarter as the Aggies slipped by Colorado, 10-7, in Boulder on Saturday.

Spiller is on the odds board as well, posting at (+7500) as the starting running back in Jimbo Fisher’s offense.

Colorado bottled up Spiller on the ground on Saturday as he rushed only eight times for 20 yards, but he had six catches for 56 yards and had the 18-yarder on a game the game-winner.

Don’t forget, Spiller rushed for 1,036 yards and nine TDs last season.

The final Aggie that is on Heisman Trophy list is the 6-5, 255-pound tight end Jalen Wydermyer, who has odds posted at (+20000).

Wydermyer currently has eight catches in the first two games for 102 yards as he is looking for his first touchdown catch. He caught 46 passes for 506 yards and six touchdowns a year ago.

Heisman Boards Look Like an SEC Block Party

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young (+350) and Ole Miss signal-caller Matt Corral (+500) top the Heisman Trophy Odds list.

Corral is one of the biggest movers as he was posting (+1500) before the Week 1 win over Louisville as he fell to (+800) after engineering Ole Miss to a 43-24 win over the Cardinals where he threw for 381 yards. Then, he has moved to (+500) after throwing five TD tosses in the Rebels’ win over Austin Peay. The others are longshots at this point as Georgia QB JT Daniels is at (+4000) as he sat out last week’s 56-7 win over UAB with an injury.

The surprise may be Florida backup quarterback Anthony Richardson who has moved up to (+6000) after he completed all three of his passes for 152 yards and broke off an 80-yard TD run in the Gators’ 42-20 win over USF this past weekend.

Florida’s starting quarterback Emory Jones also sits at (+6000) as he completed 14-of-22 passes for 151 yards and had his own 33-yard touchdown run. Jones would probably have higher odds if he hadn’t thrown four interceptions in his first two games.

Auburn teammates quarterback Bo Nix (+7500) and running back Tank Bigsby (+800) are in a position to move up if they have a good evening at Penn State on Saturday night. LSU defensive back Derek Stingley (+20000) and Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson (+30000) are gaining momentum.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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