2012 Heisman odds: Matt Barkley & everyone else

There’s some debate among oddsmakers over who is the favorite to win the national title.

Some sportsbooks have LSU. Others have Southern Cal. Phil Steele says Florida State.

But everyone has Matt Barkley as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

Due to Nevada Gaming Control regulations, you’ll only find Heisman odds at online sportsbooks. But the Trojans’ quarterback is a solid favorite at each of the books already offering odds on the winner.

Barkley is as low as 3/1, in the same range that Andrew Luck began last season as the favorite. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (4/1) and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (5/1) are Barkley’s closest competition.

LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, one of last year’s finalists, is listed at 50/1.

Other intriguing long shots include: Arkansas running back Knile Davis (60/1), Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (60/1)and Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel (33/1).

And one intriguing money-burner: Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist, who, at 25/1, has the same odds as Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead. Apparently, the oddsmakers missed John Brantley’s numbers in Charlie Weis’ offense last year. 

Robert Griffin III was the 10th quarterback in the last 11 seasons to win the Heisman. Before Griffin, the last eight Heisman winners played in the national championship game.