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After destroying Clemson, Dalvin Cook’s Heisman odds are...fading?

Because it’s been that kind of year.

NCAA Football: Clemson at Florida State
Dalvin Cook
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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was already a long shot to take home the Heisman Trophy. Heading into the Seminoles’ matchup with the Clemson Tigers, Cook was getting 40/1 odds of taking home college football’s most prestigious individual award from Las Vegas bookmaker Bovada.

All Cook did against the Tigers was rush 19 times for 169 yards, an 8.89 YPC average, and a career-high four touchdowns on a nationally-televised stage in primetime. His reward? Longer Heisman odds, as Cook is now listed at 50/1. To be fair, I think that this is probably Lamar Jackson’s award to lose, and he’s justifiably the prohibitive favorite. However, Cook being named a finalist and getting the invite to New York City for the ceremony would be great optics for the program and provide some solid recruiting leverage.

Cook’s dropping chances are tied directly to FSU losing its third game of the season: the other six players getting odds represent the top-six teams in the current AP Poll, and their respective teams have combined for just two losses. It is worth noting, however, that Cook is the only running back on the books:

Heisman Odds 10/25/16 Current Odds (10/31/16)
Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville) 1/3 1/3
Jabrill Peppers (S, Michigan) 15/2 9/2
Deshaun Watson (QB, Clemson) 15/2 9/2
Jake Browning (QB, Washington) 10/1 20/1
JT Barrett (QB, Ohio State) 12/1 33/1
Jalen Hurts (QB, Alabama) 22/1 33/1
Dalvin Cook (RB, Florida State) 40/1 50/1

Speaking of team success, Bovada is no longer taking bets on FSU as a national-title dark horse, as the ‘Noles have been mathematically eliminated from any chance of playing in the ACC title game.

National Title Odds 10/25/16 Current Odds (10/31/16)
Alabama 8/5 8/5
Clemson 7/1 5/1
Ohio State 9/2 5/1
Michigan 6/1 11/2
Louisville 9/1 9/1
Washington 9/1 9/1
LSU 20/1 25/1
Texas A&M 66/1 33/1
Wisconsin 40/1 33/1
Florida 75/1 40/1
Oklahoma 33/1 40/1
Auburn 40/1 50/1
Nebraska 40/1 50/1
Baylor 50/1 75/1
West Virginia 40/1 75/1
Oklahoma State Off the Board 150/1
Virginia Tech Off the Board 150/1
Boise State 75/1 Off the Board
Florida State 100/1 Off the Board
Tennessee 150/1 Off the Board
Utah 100/1 Off the Board