East Coast Bias in Heisman Trophy Voting
Andrew Luck may be this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. This would be quite the feat for a West Coast athlete from a school other than USC.
In the last 40 years, there have only been 4 Heisman Trophy winners from players in the Pacific Time Zone (All from USC, Reggie Bush included in the totals). Mountain Time Zone fairs even worse with only 2 winners. Heisman voters don’t stay up late on Saturday night.
Interestingly, the last player from the West Coast that won the Heisman Trophy and didn’t come from USC was QB Jim Plunkett in 1970, from none other than Stanford.
But the real Heisman bias is not in region, but in position. If you’re not a QB or RB, you’re probably not winning. Only 3 non-QB/RBs have won the trophy in the past 40 years.