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TCU’s Boykin now rated as co-Heisman favorite by oddsmaker

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin avoids a tackle by Kansas linebacker Michael Reynolds during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan. last season.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin avoids a tackle by Kansas linebacker Michael Reynolds during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Lawrence, Kan. last season. AP

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin remains the frontrunner in the 2015 Heisman Trophy race, based on updated odds released today by Bovada Sports Book (www.Bovada.lv). But he’s got company at the top now.

Boykin’s odds have improved to 5-1 to win college football’s top individual honor, slightly better than the 6-1 odds he received on July 7. But he’s now the co-favorite with Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, also a 5-1 choice in the Heisman race. Elliott received 7-1 odds last month.

Boykin, a senior, threw for 3,901 yards, rushed for 707 and accounted for 41 touchdowns last season (33 passing, 8 rushing) while leading TCU to a 12-1 record and a 42-3 rout of Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. TCU will start this season at No. 2 in the coaches poll, one spot behind Ohio State. The Associated Press’ preseason poll will be released Sunday.

Boykin, Elliott and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett (9-1), who remains locked in a two-way battle to start under center for the defending national champs, are the only players given better than 12-1 odds to claim the Heisman. Cardale Jones, the quarterback who led Ohio State to two playoff victories and a national title after Barrett suffered a season-ending ankle injury last November, joins a group of players given 12-1 odds that includes LSU running back Leonard Fournette, Georgia running back Nick Chubb, Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson and Southern California quarterback Cody Kessler.

Other than Boykin, who appeared on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated this summer, the best odds given to any Heisman Trophy candidate from a fellow Texas college or Big 12 school were given to Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine (25-1), Baylor quarterback Seth Russell (33-1) and Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (100-1).

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760

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