Hard to believe, but when Mark Ingram won the Heisman Trophy in 2009, it marked the first time in history that a player from the storied Alabama program won college football’s most prestigious award.
That’s understandable, though. College football is a team sport and the Heisman is the ultimate individual award. Mutually exclusive, right?
Not exactly: The six major-college programs with more all-time wins than Alabama have combined for a total of 27 Heismans. So there’s that.
It’s much easier to believe that Collin Klein, should he win the Heisman this year, would be the first player to bring home the hardware for Kansas State. It’s not as if the Wildcats have been a perennial power.
There is, however, one team among the top 10 winningest major-college programs of all-time that has yet to boast a Heisman Trophy winner. We’ll get to that as we count down the 10 most successful Heisman-less programs. And take note: If Klein stumbles down the stretch in 2012, there are a couple of teams on this list with a horse in the race.