Are Heisman Trophy winners a good bet in bowl games?
Teams of the reigning Heisman winner have won and covered their past three bowl games but they’re just 5-6 straight up and against the spread over the past 11 years.
Here’s a look at how the trophy winners and their teams performed in those games. (Overall, it’s not great in terms of individual performances.)
2011 Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (won 67-56 over Washington at -9.5) – The total of 80 points didn’t stand a chance in this game. Griffin threw for 295 yards with one rushing and one passing TD but Terrance Gannaway stole the show with five rushing TDs.
2010 Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (won 22-19 over Oregon as -1) - Newton won himself and his Tigers a National Championship as time expired – and covered the spread. Newton completed 20-of-34 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and ran 22 times for 64 yards.
2009 - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama (won 37-21 over Texas at -3.5) – Ingram had 116 yards rushing on just 22 carries with two touchdowns. He was named offensive MVP of the game.
2008 - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (lost 24-14 to Florida at +4.5) - Bradford was only mediocre, completing 26-of-41 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also picked off twice. The lackluster effort from the star was a big reason why the Sooners lost that national champ game.
2007 - Tim Tebow, QB, Florida (lost 41-35 to Michigan at -10) – The Gators went just 9-3 in ’07 and Tebow capped it a great effort in a losing bid in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan in Lloyd Carr’s last game on the sidelines. Tebow completed 17-of-33 for 154 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 57 more and another score.
2006 -Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State (lost 41-14 to Florida at -7) – This was a complete disaster for Smith. He completed just 4-of-14 passes for a pathetic 35 yards and he added both an interception and a fumble.
2005 - Reggie Bush, RB, USC (lost 41-38 to Texas at -7) – Bush has given back his Heisman now, as everyone knows but he had 279 all-purpose yards in this game - 82 on the ground, 95 through the air, and 102 on kicks, and he scored once.
2004 - Matt Leinart, QB, USC (won 55-19 over Oklahoma at -1) - Leinart was brilliant in this national title game. He only completed 18-of-35 passes, but he made them count — he threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns.
2003 - Jason White, QB, Oklahoma White (lost 21-14 to LSU at -6.5) - The blame for this loss fell on White, who went just 13-of-37 for 102 yards and he threw two interceptions. He was also sacked seven times.
2002 - Carson Palmer, QB, USC (won 38-17 over Iowa at -4.5) - Palmer was solid in the win, with 303 passing yards on 21-of-31 passing with a touchdown in this Rose Bowl game.
2001 - Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska (lost 37-14 to Miami at +8.5) - Crouch ran 22 times for 114 yards, but completed just 5-of-16 passes for 62 yards.