College Football: Heisman Trophy Is One Area the SEC Does Not Dominate

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterAugust 24, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after rushing for a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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People are tired of the SEC. They're sick of the winning. They're sick of the publicity. They're sick of the NFL Draft numbers. They're sick of being told that their league is just not as good as the SEC.

Well, one area where the SEC is still playing catch-up in is the race for the Heisman Trophy. If you're looking for a reason to talk some all-time greats, discredit the SEC's dominance and pat yourself on the back, the Heisman is where it's at.

Over at CBS Sports, Chris Huston, the Heisman pundit, compiled all-time Heisman rankings, taking the time to assess where teams stand. For me, North Carolina's quiet push in the 1940s thanks to Charlie Choo-Choo Justice is a proud moment.

For those of you who hate the SEC, check out the all-time list:

All-Time Heisman Points

1. Notre Dame, 277
2. (tie) Oklahoma, Ohio State, 191
4. USC, 166
5. Michigan, 147
6. Texas, 105
7. Army, 102
8. Penn State, 99
9. UCLA, 98
10 (tie). Nebraska, Miami, 93
12. Pitt, 88
13. Stanford, 94 
14. Alabama, 85
15. (tie) Florida, Georgia, 81
17. BYU, 76
18 (tie). Purdue, Michigan State, 74
20. (tie). Florida State, Minnesota, 73
22. Tennessee, 69
23. Auburn, 66 
24. Navy, 63
25. Iowa, 58

That's right, people, the first time you see the SEC, masters of championships, is in the 14th spot. It is behind places that have become college football afterthoughts like Army and UCLA.

In the grand scheme of things, despite what recent history tells us, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas and USC are still on top, at least in these Heisman rankings. 

So while the SEC has the recent titles, their all-time Heisman clout isn't as high as several old-school powers. However, in a "what have you done for me lately" society, does it really matter?

The SEC has won three of the last five Heisman Trophies and six of the last six national titles. I'm guessing the SEC will tell the Big Ten, Notre Dame and everyone else to keep their Heisman history It will take the current titles and success.


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