Which schools have had the most Heisman Trophy contenders?


The Heisman Trophy Award will be handed out this Saturday. Three finalists have been announced: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.

For Oregon and Alabama, the announcement of Mariota and Cooper as finalists guarantee that the two schools will have their fourth Top Five finish in the Heisman voting this century. For Wisconsin, it will be their second Top Five player in the voting since 2000.

Since 2000, USC has had the most Top Five finishers in the Heisman with six. Oklahoma is close behind with five. Here is a look at the schools that from 2000-13 have had the most players finish in the Top Five in the Heisman Award voting.

6: USC
5: Oklahoma
4: Florida
3: Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, Texas
2: Arkansas, Florida State, Kansas State, Michigan,  Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A & M, Texas Tech

If we go back to the start of the award in 1935, Notre Dame has had the most players finish in the Top 5 with 29. Ohio State holds the second spot with 18 players.

Here are the schools that have had five or more players finish in the Top 5 of the Heisman Award voting since 1935 (does not include 2014 finalists).

29: Notre Dame
18: Ohio State
17: Oklahoma
16: USC
12: Michigan
11: Alabama, Nebraska, Penn State
10: Army, Miami (Fla.), Texas
9: Stanford
8: Brigham Young, Florida, Georgia, Pittsburgh
7: Florida State, Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse, UCLA
6: LSU, Mississippi, SMU
5: Boston College, California, Iowa, Michigan State, Navy, Oklahoma State, TCU, Tennessee

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