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When is the Heisman Trophy ceremony? Start time, odds, finalists for 2020 award presentation

It’s only fitting that in a season far from traditional, the Heisman Trophy ceremony will also be a little unique. Moved from its usual mid-December slot on the calendar, this season’s ceremony will be held in January between the two College Football Playoff semifinals and the National Championship.

MORE: Watch the Heisman ceremony live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

While the award given to the most outstanding player in college football has become a bit of a quarterback award, things may be different this season with Alabama’s DeVonta Smith at least receiving an invitation to the virtual ceremony. His quarterback Mac Jones is also a favorite to win the award, although their combined play may split votes.

Joe Burrow won last year’s Heisman in commanding fashion, winning over the likes of Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence, the latter two of which will receive votes again this season. Florida’s Kyle Trask has also had a dominant season leading the Gators to an SEC East title and could become the program’s first Heisman winner since Tim Tebow in 2007.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Heisman ceremony, including time, TV channel and betting odds for each of the four finalists.

MORE: Updated odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy

When is the Heisman Trophy ceremony 2020?

  • Date: Tuesday, Jan. 5
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV broadcast: ESPN, fuboTV
  • Location: Virtual (Bristol, CT)

The Heisman Trophy ceremony takes place Tuesday, Jan. 5, a departure from its normal spot a week after conference championship week. The “ceremony” will involve a virtual presentation from ESPN studios in Bristol. 

Heisman Trophy odds 2020

Below are the updated 2020 Heisman award odds.

Player Odds
DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama) -180
Mac Jones (QB, Alabama) +155
Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson) +1600
Kyle Trask (QB, Florida) +2700

The Heisman finalists were announced Dec. 28. Alabama offensive duo Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith made the cut, while Tide running back Najee Harris fell short of a finalist position with a fifth-place voting finish. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask were also named finalists, joining Jones and Smith.

Where is the Heisman Trophy ceremony held?

The Heisman Trophy winner is announced will be announced at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut. It has previously been held in the PlayStation Theater, a concert venue in New York’s Times Square, since 2005.

How does the Heisman voting process work?

The Heisman winner is selected by 870 media members from across the country. Each voter picks a first-, second- and third-place finisher. The number of finalists depends on the distribution of the vote beyond the top-three vote-getters. 56 previous Heisman winners also cast votes, and there is one overall fan vote.

Ballots were distributed this year on Dec. 14, and voters had until Dec. 21 to submit their vote, meaning that conference championships factor into the vote. 

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