Recent Heisman history brings good and bad for Oklahoma’s national title hopes

Oklahoma football is hoping to boast both a Heisman Trophy winner and a national championship this season when the confetti falls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 8, 2018.

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield captured the sixth Heisman Trophy in program history on Saturday. With Oklahoma heading to the College Football Playoff, the senior from Austin, Texas is hoping to double-up as he caps off his collegiate career.

And recent Heisman Trophy brings both good and bad news for Oklahoma’s odds of pulling off the Heisman/National Championship combo.

Four of the past eight Heisman Trophy winners before Mayfield came from the team that went on to win the national championship. The feat was most recently accomplished by former Alabama running back Derrick Henry in 2015.

Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (2013), Auburn quarterback Cam Newton (2010) and Alabama running back Mark Ingram (2009) joined Henry in the exclusive club during that span.

Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota nearly joined those ranks in 2014, but the Ducks lost the national title game to Ohio State.

And Mariota’s fate rings a similar bell to those who have put on a Sooners uniform.

The two most recent Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners prior to Mayfield — quarterbacks Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) — both led the Sooners to the BCS National Championship Game those respective seasons, but fell short on college football’s biggest stage.

Oklahoma was defeated by LSU in January 2004 before losing to Florida in January 2008. The Sooners faced a virtual road game in both of those contests, as both games were played in the home state of the respective opponent.

With Oklahoma facing Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinals in the Rose Bowl, the Sooners won’t have to worry about facing a team in its backyard again should they make the national title game. But of course, Alabama and Clemson are both driving distance away from Atlanta.

The Oklahoma-Georgia semifinal will be played at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018 in Pasadena, Calif. The game will kick-off at its traditional time of 2:10 p.m. PT and can be watched on ESPN.

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