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Pac-12 Heisman Watch: Marcus Mariota Becomes National Frontrunner

Mariota and Brett Hundley make major early strides in the race for the Heisman.

Jonathan Ferrey

Each week, we break down the Heisman odds for Pac-12 players based on odds from Bovada.

Marcus Mariota QB Oregon 9/2

Mariota launched himself to the very top of the Heisman race when Tennessee decided to dare him to try and beat them with the pass and Johnny Manziel lost to Alabama. Stats, big wins and a humble personality could easily be the perfect recipe for the trophy this year.

De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon 14/1

Thomas might be taking a backseat to Mariota at the moment, but all it will likely take is an epic performance from him in a big game to flip the script and that is a very distinct possibility. The excitement factor of Thomas could also help him build his campaign throughout the season.

Brett Hundley QB UCLA 18/1

Hundley's Heisman stock has skyrocketed since the season started, especially this week, after leading the Bruins to their win over Nebraska in Lincoln. He can become a frontrunner if the Bruins can win enough games this season.

Kevin Hogan QB Stanford 33/1

The Cardinal are off to a kind of boring start, but they are taking care of business and Hogan has played well enough, which has been enough to keep him in this range at the start of the season. If he maintains his play and the Cardinal stay undefeated towards the end of the season, his odds will get a lot better.

Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona 40/1

Carey took business in two games against very weak opponents, how many yards and touchdowns he can rack up against Pac-12 competition will dictate how long he stays in the Heisman chase. He cannot afford an off game.

Marqise Lee WR USC 150/1

Yeah, it's probably over for Lee, but Vegas is still giving odds for those USC fans who just can't let go I guess.