The Line: Christian Ponder 11th in Initial 2010 Heisman Trophy Odds

The 2010 Heisman Trophy Odds are out and the boys in Vegas have pegged Christian Ponder with the 11th-best odds (tied with 4 other players).

Mark Ingram 350
Terrelle Pryor 500
Ryan Mallett 1000
Case Keenum 1200
Dion Lewis 1200
Jacory Harris 1200
John Clay 1200
Noel Devine 1200
Jake Locker 1200
Evan Royster 1200
Christian Ponder 1500
Andrew Luck 1500
DeMarco Murray 1500
Kellen Moore 1500

To me, Ingram (defending champion), Pryor (Nat'l Champ contender), Mallett (ridiculous numbers and draft stock), Keenum (video game numbers), Lewis (potentially on a 10-win team), Clay (five thousand rushing attempts), and Devine (highlight tape) all make sense.  

Harris led the country in interceptions last season (17).  That would be quite the jump for the disappointing Junior from Miami.  Locker won't get an invite because he plays for a Washington Huskies team that'll lose a minimum of 4 games and because his numbers and supporting cast are not very good.  Royster won't get an invite because he isn't a special back, doesn't put up great numbers, and plays on a Penn State team that is projected to finish 5th in the Big 10.  And it's difficult for a running back to win.

Ponder sound probably be in the group of seven tied for 4th.  I don't understand how Kellen Moore is tied for 11th.  He'll put up video-game numbers once again against a tissue paper schedule and the Broncos will once again be in the BCS by virtue of playing that schedule.  I'd expect Moore's odds to quickly change as bettors quickly correct that error.

Inside, you'll find the remaining 12 at longer odds

Damon Berry 1800
Matt Barkley 1800
Jacquizz Rodgers 2000
Garrett Gilbert 2500
LaMichael James 3000
Tate Forcier 3000
Landry Jones 4000
Blaine Gabbert 5000
Jerrod Johnson 5000
Jordan Todman 5000
Josh Nesbitt 5000
Robert Griffin 6000

I think Landry Jones is a good shot here at roughly 40/1.  Oklahoma will probably go 10-2 or better and Jones could throw for 30 touchdowns and a ridiculous amount of yards as well. 

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