Baker Mayfield dominated the 2017 Heisman Trophy voting, defeating second-place finisher Bryce Love by more than 1,000 points. If Mayfield's successor Kyler Murray, wins the 2018 Heisman, Murray won't beat Tua Tagovailoa by 1,000 points.
Expected to be one of the closest votes in the award's 84-year history, either Kyler Murray or Tua Tagovailoa will hoist the 25-pound trophy on Saturday.
Here are the 10 closest Heisman Trophy votes ever:
10. Billy Sims vs. Chuck Fusina – 1978
Margin: 77 points
Oklahoma running back Billy Simms became the second Sooner to win the Heisman in 10 years (Steve Owens, 1969). He narrowly edged Penn State quarterback Chuck Fusina, who finished second despite throwing more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (11).
9. Chris Weinke vs. Josh Heupel – 2000
Margin: 76 points
Florida State's 28-year-old quarterback remains the oldest Heisman winner. A former minor league baseball player, Chris Weinke beat out Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel thanks to 4,167 passing yards and 33 touchdowns.
8. John Huarte vs. Jerry Rohme – 1964
Margin: 74 points
John Huarte was Notre Dame's sixth Heisman winner in 22 years. He held off Tulsa quarterback Jerry Rhome, who threw for a staggering — at the time — 2,840 yards and 32 touchdowns (and only four interceptions).
7. Paul Hornung vs. John Majors – 1956
Margin: 72 points
Eight years before John Huarte won the Heisman, Notre Dame's do-it-all playmaker Paul Hornung captured the award.
Tennessee running back Johnny Majors finished third, only 72 points behind Hornung, despite pedestrian stats — 549 yards (5.1 yards per attempt) and seven touchdowns — that were far worse than others, including third-place finisher, Oklahoma running back Tommy McDonald (853 yards, 7.2 yards per attempt, 12 touchdowns).
6. Andre Ware vs. Anthony Thompson – 1989
Margin: 70 points
Houston's first and only Heisman winner, Andre Ware won the Heisman by only 70 points despite a mind-bogglingly huge season: 4,399 yards, 46 touchdowns.
5. Eric Crouch vs. Rex Grossman – 2001
Margin: 62 points
Widely regarded as one of the weakest Heisman years ever, no player earned more than 800 votes but eight players earned at least 100 votes and 10 players earned at least two first-place votes. Miami's Ken Dorsey finished third but finished just 132 points behind Eric Crouch.
4. John Lattner vs. Paul Giel – 1953
Margin: 56 points
Notre Dame running back John Lattner and Minnesota running back Paul Giel dominated voting in 1953. They both received at least 1,700 votes, while no other player had more than 450.
3. Ernie Davis vs. Bob Ferguson – 1961
Margin: 53 points
Ten players received at least 10 first-, second- and third-place votes in 1961. Syracuse running back Ernie Davis became the first African-American to win the Heisman.
2. Bo Jackson vs. Chuck Long – 1985
Margin: 45 points
Bo Jackson's 6.4 yard-per-carry average was enough to narrowly edge Iowa quarterback Chuck Long, who had just 31 fewer first-place votes than Jackson. Both players had at least 1,400 points; no other player had more than 500.
1. Mark Ingram vs. Toby Gerhart – 2009
Margin: 28 points
Ten players earned at least two first-place votes in 2009 (including Cincinnati receiver Mardy Gilyard). Toby Gerhart didn't win the Heisman despite leading the nation in rushing yards (1,871) and touchdowns (28).
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