There are many interesting, fun, entertaining traditions in college football. I’ve noticed one emerging at K State that doesn’t get much attention.
How College Football Teams perform against Heisman Trophy winners in the year of the award is not really a metric that has a whole lot of meaning but I think its a good indicator of how a program over time, “gets up” for meaningful games.
I did this a couple of years ago going back to 1945 and I think USC ended up on top with about 7 wins against the Heisman Trophy winners in the year of the award and K State came in 2nd with 6.
These numbers are how many times a team has defeated a Heisman Trophy Winner in the year of the award for the past 20 years. Taking the Bad with the Good in the same period K State lost to three other Heisman winners, 1994 Colorado-Rashaan Salaam, 2001 Nebraska-Eric Crouch and 2008 Oklahoma-Sam Bradford
4 K State (Ricky Williams 1998,Carson Palmer 2002, Jason White 2003, Robert Griffin III 2011)
1 Notre Dame
1 Oklahoma State
1 Texas A&M
1 Texas Tech
1 Washington State