Jameis Winston is favored to win the Heisman Trophy and favored to lead the ACC in passing touchdowns, but he's only even odds to lead his conference in passing.
That is just one of the interesting wrinkles in college football odds as props kick into high gear ahead of Week 1 of the college football season.
The Florida State Seminoles quarterback is pegged as the 9-2 favorite to win his second straight Heisman award and 2-3 to lead the ACC in passing scores. But at least one sportsbook monitored by Odds Shark had him as an even-odds bet to lead the conference in passing yards.
For the serious college football betting fan, there are other props betting options focused on team and player performance over the course of the 2014 season, including betting lines on the season stat lines of a number of Heisman Trophy candidates.
The betting line on Winston’s total passing yards during the 2014 regular season is set at 3,474.5. The national championship MVP threw for 3,490 yards during the 2013 regular season, but it is the UNDER that is slightly favored in this college football props bet, with moneyline odds of 10-13.
However, Winston remains a solid 2-3 bet to lead the ACC in passing touchdowns this season, and is also a 5-6 bet to lead the conference in passing yards.
"Some of these wagers may seem quite novel but fans who follow their teams closely can churn a profit over the course of the season," said Jack Randall, an analyst at OddsShark.com, which provides daily odds to Bleacher Report.
Team props betting opportunities are also available, focused on the inaugural College Football Playoff, as well as betting lines on total regular season wins for dozens of Division I-A teams.
The Seminoles again lead the way in College Football Playoff betting, with odds of 2-5 to qualify for the four-team tourney. After finishing last season with a 12-0 regular season record, en route to a perfect 14-0 season and the national championship, the betting line on Seminoles regular-season wins is set at 11.5, with the UNDER favored with moneyline odds of 20-27.
The Auburn Tigers, who fell to the Seminoles in the BCS National Championship after posting an 11-1 regular-season record, are pegged as a solid 20-27 moneyline bet to win OVER 9 games in 2014, but enter the 2014 season as 2-7 underdogs to qualify for the football’s new Final Four.
Led by QB Marcus Mariota, who closely trails Winston with Heisman Trophy betting odds of 5-1, the Oregon Ducks start their season as heavy 20-33 favorites to go OVER their regular season win total of 10.5, and are perched among the leaders in College Football Playoff betting with 6-5 odds of qualifying for the tourney.
Stats and odds courtesy of Odds Shark. Quotes obtained firsthand.