Alabama’s Derrick Henry will lead the Crimson Tide against Michigan State tomorrow in the College Football Playoff, but win or lose he has already secured himself a coveted spot in the Heisman fraternity.
The Heisman House is wrapping up its fifth year, and currently is home to George Rogers, Steve Spurrier, the ghost of Jay Berwanger, RG3, Tony Dorsett, Johnny Manziel, Charles Woodson, Troy Smith, Jim Plunkett, Roger Staubach, Herschel Walker, Eddie George, Sam Bradford, Vinny Testaverde, and this season’s newcomer, Marcus Mariota.
The complete 2015 Heisman House saga follows…
JUST GO WITH IT
Mariota got off to a rough start. His pesky questions threatened to unravel the entire Heisman House universe.
HEISMAN HOUSE ARTWORK
Ohio State’s Eddie George and Troy Smith were really feeling the school spirit. Then again, so was Michigan’s Charles Woodson.
With a hurricane bearing down on the Heisman House, Sam Bradford wasn’t taking any chances. Then it showed up in a GT-R.
Jim Plunkett and Herschel Walker got an unexpected visit from notable Heisman runner-up Joe Theismann. Or did they?
HAUNTED HEISMAN HOUSE
Mariota managed to tick off the one guy in the house you don’t want to tick off: Chicago’s great Jay Berwanger, winner of the first Heisman trophy.
MARCUS MARIOTA: QUICK CHANGE ARTIST
Woodson wasn’t going to fall prey to any of Marcus Mariota’s head games. At least that was the plan.
Mariota shows George a little game time tactic he picked up at the University of Oregon.
JIM PLUNKETT & THE STANFORD TREE
Stanford alum Jim Plunkett is as conservation-minded as the next college football legend. When your school mascot is a tree, though, you better think twice about how you bag your groceries.
Could a Stanford legend write a poem without ticking off his alma mater’s unofficial mascot? Apparently not.
Plunkett has a complicated relationship with the Stanford Tree.
RIVALRY WAGERS (SC VS UGA)
Cue the music! As promised, George Rogers did a ribbon dance for Herschel Walker after losing a bet on the Georgia vs South Carolina game. Important note: you can’t un-watch this.
BILL THE GOAT PICKS PSU VS OSU
Did you think you know who was going to win the Penn State vs. OSU game? You didn’t. But Bill the Goat did. Let Roger Staubach enlighten you.
BILL THE GOAT PICKS OREGON VS ASU
Staubach has a goat and he isn’t afraid to use it. Watch as they predict the winner of tonight’s Oregon vs. ASU game. This is for real.
GREATEST HEISMAN WINNER OF ALL TIME
In a chat with Walker, ESPN’s Sarina Morales came to an understanding: the University of Chicago’s Jay Berwanger is the greatest Heisman winner of all time.
RIVALRY WAGERS (STANFORD VS OREGON)
Unfortunately for Plunkett, his Stanford Cardinals didn’t top the Oregon Ducks. And now, as promised, he has to serve Mariota (and a special guest) a fancy meal at the Nissan Heisman House. Losing is tough, but Jim seems to be handling it well.
RIVALRY WAGERS (MICHIGAN VS OHIO ST)
Woodson was sure his Wolverines would top the Buckeyes this year. It didn’t happen. And now, to make it worse, he has to wash Smith’s Nissan Altima. Go easy on him, Troy.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PARTY
You can tell a whole lot about a Heisman winner by the way he dresses for a New Years Eve College Football Playoff party.
Is it cool to bring a guest to the party? What if he isn’t wearing pants? Social etiquette can be so confusing.
You’re on your own, Walker. The games are about to start.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
For Toby Gerhart and Chuck Long, the Heisman House will forever represent what might have been.
In 2009, Alabama’s Mark Ingram (1,304) edged Standford’s Toby Gerhart (1,276) by 28 point in the closest Heisman vote of all time. The previous record was set in 1985, when Auburn’s Bo Jackson (1,509) topped Iowa’s Long (1,464) by 45 points.