The Auburn Tigers still have a lot of work to do, but at this point in the college football season they look to be one of the top contenders for the national title. The Tigers QB Cameron Newton is also the front runner for the Heisman Trophy.
If your memory suites you well, you will remember that last year another team from the state of Alabama captured the national championship led behind a Heisman Trophy winner.
So, for two years in a row, the state of Alabama could be home to the national champion and the Heisman Trophy winner. The unique twist is that different teams will accomplish these feats.
The last time two different teams from the same state won back to back national titles was way back in 1939. Texas Christian won the Associated Press title in 1938, and Texas A&M won the AP title in 1939.
There are other instances when two different teams from the same state have won back to back national titles, but the national titles were awarded by means other than major polls.
The last time two different players on two different teams from the same state won back to back Heisman Trophies was in 1993; it also happened on one other occasion in 1968.
In 1992 Miami Florida’s Gino Torretta won the Heisman, and the next year Florida State’s Charlie Ward won the trophy. In 1967 UCLA’s Gary Beban won the Heisman, while USC’s O.J. Simpson won the Trophy the following year.
So if Auburn can do what Alabama did last year, we are in for a unique historical precedent in college football. Where not only different teams from the same state win back to back titles, but different players from different teams in the same state also win the back to back Heisman Trophies.