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College Football: Who Is Vegas Picking to Win the Heisman?

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Three weeks into the 2015 college football season and we’re already starting to see which teams have the chops to make it into this year’s College Football Playoff. Some powerhouses have stumbled, while other fringe programs — particularly Ole Miss — have done their best to put the rest of the country on notice. It’s been a wild ride so far; one we expect to see for the rest of the year.

While the best of the best are starting to rise to the top, no team has appeared to be invincible. The same can also be said for the sport’s most prestigious individual award. As teams begin to show their true colors, so too have the individuals vying for the 2015 Heisman Trophy. And yet, even with all the movement in the polls, there are a few players who have begun to emerge from the pack. And the oddsmakers in Vegas have certainly taken notice.

Although the season is still in its infancy, it’s never too early to start hedging ones bets. With Week 3 now officially in the books, here’s who Vegas is currently picking to take home the 2015 Heisman Trophy.

3. Trevone Boykin, quarterback, TCU

Trevone Boykin looks to throw for TCU
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  • Odds: 8/1

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has been at or near the top of every projected Heisman Trophy board since before the 2015 season even kicked off. Three games into the year and he’s done nothing but deliver the goods, while helping the Horned Frogs finish the week tied for the No. 3 position in the latest AP Poll.

In TCU’s 56-37 victory over SMU in Week 3, Boykin completed 21 of 30 passes for 454 yards, five touchdowns, and just one interception. He also ran the ball for 50 yards and another score. As long as the Horned Frogs keep winning and Boykin continues to put up video game numbers, there’s no reason to think he won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation at the end of the season.

2. Nick Chubb, running back, Georgia

Nick Chubb (27) gets the handoff against South Carolina
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  • Odds: 15/2

We recently said that Georgia’s Nick Chubb was a player to watch. Following the Bulldogs’ 52-20 annihilation of SEC East foe South Carolina this past weekend, we can’t help but feel pretty good about our previous assessment.

Chubb carried the ball 21 times, rushing for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Following this latest gem of a performance, Georgia’s No. 27 is now first in the SEC in rushing yards (468), second in rushing yards per attempt (8.4), and fourth in rushing touchdowns (4). With Georgia currently ranked No.7 in the land, and Chubb continuing to dominate the opposition, this has the potential to be a fruitful year for both the Bulldogs and their star player.

1. Leonard Fournette, running back, LSU

Leonard Fournette runs against Auburn
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  • Odds: 9/2

If you play LSU this season, we suggest you refrain from talking trash about running back Leonard Fournette. There’s no point in waking the beast and adding more fuel to the fire. Unfortunately for the Auburn defenders, they learned this the hard way.

The sophomore used the entirety of his 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame to run all over the Tigers defense. In 19 carries, Fournette amassed 228 yards on the ground and three scores. He also averaged 12 yards per carry and steamrolled anyone who was foolish enough to try and tackle him. Until further notice, Leonard Fournette is out in front of the 2015 Heisman Trophy race. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone has the legs to catch him.

Odds are courtesy of sportsbook.ag.

All statistics are courtesy of SR/College Football and ESPN.go.com.