Did you know that the last seven Heisman winners came from just three conferences? Two each hailed from the ACC and the Big 12 and three came from the SEC.
As for the remaining big leagues, the Big Ten hasn’t won since Ohio State’s Troy Smith in 2006, and the Pac-12’s last official win came two years before that in 2004, when USC’s Matt Leinart won.
The last winner from one of the five “other” conferences in the FBS was 24 years ago in 1990, when then-WAC team BYU sent Ty Detmer to the podium.
So, while Heisman winners honor their schools, they also boost the image of their conferences. And some leagues have a more realistic shot of being bronzed than do others.