The last two Heisman Trophy winners have been redshirt freshmen. The winner before them played for (what then was) one of the most pitiable programs in the country, and the winner before him was a first-year junior college transfer.
No matter their respective pedigrees, none of those players were a favorite to win the Heisman the August before they did. They all may have been part of the discussion, but the hoopla around them was nothing compared to some of the other preseason candidates.
This marks a steep departure from the way things were at the beginning part of the last 10 years. Back in the early 2000s, it seemed preseason Heisman predictions actually came true. The players we backed in the summer stayed atop the board come winter.
How did we get to where we are today? It's hard to say for sure. But the origins and benefit of that parity is a discussion for another day.
Instead, let's relive the path we took to get here.