Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs is having an impressive start to the season. His Vols squad is 5-0 (for the first time since 1998) and ranked in the Top 10 in the country.
People around college football are noticing, especially Vegas. Dobbs is soaring up the Heisman Trophy odds list as we cruise into October.
Per Bovada: Josh Dobbs in Heisman odds went from off the board on Sept. 26 to 25/1 as of today.
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The numbers Dobbs has put up in the first five games of the season are approaching his total from last season, when it comes to touchdowns. He already has 13 TD passes, and Dobbs is on pace for 31 TD passes in the 12 game regular season. Last year, in 13 games, Dobbs threw 15 TDs.
You could argue the senior QB is hogging all the TDs for Tennessee’s offense. Combine his five rushing TDs with his 13 through the air, and Dobbs has accounted for 18 of the Vols 21 scores in five games. Jalen Hurd has two rushing TDs, one of which was when he recovered a Dobbs fumble on the goal-line.
Can “Astro-Dobbs” keep this up? He has two tough defenses ahead in Texas A&M and Alabama. Then the road softens with the bottom of the SEC East and Tennessee Tech. The Vols will need to go split the next two games, finish 11-1, AND win the SEC Championship game for me to think Dobbs could be a Heisman threat.
He has a good start. But, the Heisman competition is hot with ACC QBs Lamar Jackson (Louisville) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson) leading the way.
Bovada lists Dobbs tied for fifth in the total Hesiman odds behind Jackson, Watson, JT Barrett (Ohio State), Christian McCaffrey (Stanford), Greg Ward Jr. (Houston), and Dalvin Cook (Florida State).