Skull Session: Heisman Trophy Odds, Dwayne Haskins vs. Washington's Secondary, and Ryan Shazier Jogs

By Kevin Harrish on December 4, 2018 at 4:59 am
J.K. Dobbins finds paydirt in today's Skull Session.

I bring you good news, it seems we have at least one more year of beating these two Michigan Men, who seem to be coming back for more.

And may their coach stay forever, too.


Word of the Day: Meretricious.

 HASKINS FOR HEISMAN? Dwayne Haskins is officially heading to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, but I sure wouldn't get your hopes up that he's going to win it.

Even after throwing for 499 yards and five touchdowns, Haskins' odds to win the Heisman absolutely plummeted from 33/1 (+3300) to 60/1 (+6000).

It's nothing Haskins did wrong, it's just the two guys already in from of him won their games too, and Kyler Murray at least looked good doing it.

That's a shame, but I guess Dwayne will just have to win it next year.

The most insane drop in odds wasn't even Haskins', it was Tua Tagovailoa's.

At this time last week, Tua was a -500 favorite to win the Heisman, meaning you'd have to wager $500 just to win $100. One week later, Tua has +150 odds – a $100 bet pays out $150.

In one week, Tua went from a near lock to win the trophy to a pretty strong underdog. The poor folks who wagered on him last week just set their money ablaze.

 HASKINS VS HUSKIES. I'd be lying if I told you it's what I wanted, but Dwayne Haskins and Ohio State's passing game against Washington's secondary is going to be an absolute delight to watch.

Washington has two likely All-Americans and first round picks in their secondary – corner Byron Murphy and safety Taylor Rapp – and Dwayne Haskins is Dwayne Haskins.

That's part of the reason Tom Fornelli of ranks the Rose Bowl as the No. 3 bowl game this season, behind only the two playoff semifinals:

3. Rose Bowl

No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State -- Jan. 1, 5 p.m.: The matchup here is interesting. Ohio State's offense will be tested by a tough Washington defense, and Dwayne Haskins against the Washington secondary should be a thrill. Washington's offense hasn't been the most explosive unit in the country, but it's facing an Ohio State defense prone to allowing big plays. It's two top 10 teams that are on par with one another, and will likely play a close game. Oh, and it will be played in one of the most bucolic settings available in the world of college football: the Rose Bowl.

Slicing apart that secondary would make for one hell of a curtain call for Haskins.

 SHAZIER JOGGING. A year ago, I honestly wasn't sure Ryan Shazier would ever walk again. Now, he's back to jogging – and probably faster than most of y'all reading this.

From Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In the year since Shazier was strapped to a backboard and carted to an ambulance at Paul Brown Stadium, he went from a hospital bed to a wheelchair, then a walker, then two canes, and then one. Now he wears a bracelet that reads ‘Walking Miracle.’ Shazier moves along the Steelers sideline during practices and games, walking with only a slightly halting gait.

Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter said Shazier jogged on Friday for the first time since the injury.

“He’s a hero to me,” defensive captain Cam Heyward said, “because most people aren’t built that way.”

His recovery seems superhuman. Doctors gave him less than a 20 percent chance of ever walking again, and now the dude is jogging, just over a year after his injury.

It sounds like that's just the sort of guy he is. He's not going to let you tell him he can't do anything. He's going to do it, and his teammates are going to celebrate with him when he does.

One Friday, Shazier pushed back his wheelchair from the table and called for attention. As his teammates watched, he moved one of his legs. Then he did it again. The place went berserk.

“From there, every incremental improvement gave him more fuel to the fire,” T.J. Watt said. “It was cool to see. You could see the happiness it brought to him — and to all of us. It’s like, holy cow, he’s doing exactly what he said he was going to do, and it’s happening so quickly.”

Teammates said Shazier took the competitive fire he had on the football field and channeled it into rehab. Several Steelers watched a physical therapy session when Shazier was learning to use a walker and leg braces. “He was getting all hype for it as if he was about to go out there for a practice or a game,” Moats said, laughing.

Everything I read about Shazier talks about how insanely motivated he is, and how helpful he's been off the field. He's basically taken on the role of a linebackers coach, which certainly makes you think...

 FAN OF THE YEAR? It's only the first week of December, but you can stop looking for this year's the best lighting display. We have a winner.

That patriot should leave his display up proudly all year long.

Every season is beating Michigan season. People forget that.

 TROLL STATUS: MASTER. Hey, remember when a local Columbus kid drove the final nail in the coffin of the loss that effectively ruined Ohio State's playoff hopes?

Well, he's going to make damn sure you never forget.

Honestly, I'm not even mad. The guy completely dominated his hometown school that decided he wasn't good enough for a roster spot, and topped it off with a pick-six on the best passer in program history.

He can say whatever the hell he wants. He's earned that.

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