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Benny Snell’s Heisman odds on the rise

Benny Snell’s odds to win the Heisman are on the climb.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

Before the 2018 college football season kicked off, Benny Snell winning the Heisman Trophy wasn’t a serious conversation outside of Big Blue Nation.

Now, three weeks into the season. his odds have increased from 300/1 to 200/1.

Snell has started his junior season by averaging a career-high in yards per carry, currently at 6.0. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns in as many games, also hauling in three balls for 15 yards.

His 62 carries have him on pace for an easier workload, while his 375 yards have him on pace for a 1,500 yard season.

The two running backs to win the Heisman in the last decade were former Alabama stars, Derrick Henry (1,986 rushing yards) and Mark Ingram (1,157 scrimmage yards).

Snell isn’t quite on pace for the season Henry logged, but should more than surpass the production of Ingram.

Snell’s already posted a national performance early in the season, as he ran wild down in Gainesville en route to snapping Kentucky’s 31-game losing streak to the Florida Gators.

While Snell’s case can be made over the course of the entire season, a significant moment will come this weekend as he faces a stout Mississippi State Bulldog front.

Snell has already sounded off about the trash talk coming from the Bulldogs, knowing he and his teammates have a to prove after last year’s road-debacle which came at the hand of an inefficient offense and Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald shredding their defense.

A win on Saturday would ascend Kentucky into the top-25 and set an even higher bar for this season. With nine games remaining, Saturday’s contest very well may be the most significant of all.