Derrick Henry took home this year’s Heisman Trophy. Now, we get to see how this year’s top 10 finishers in the Heisman race fare in their bowl games.
Military Bowl – December 28: Pitt vs No. 21 Navy
Keenan Reynolds finished fifth in this year’s Heisman voting, and looks to cap a stellar career for the Midshipmen in which he broke the FBS record for career rushing touchdowns. He helped Navy keep the streak going against Army two weeks ago, now he’ll look to go out with a win over Pitt.
Texas Bowl – December 29: No. 20 LSU vs Texas Tech
Despite an incredible start to the season and sitting at the front of the Heisman race for several weeks, Lenoard Fournette struggled down the stretch and finished sixth in Heisman voting. LSU looks to close out the season with a win over a high-scoring Texas Tech team, ranked second nationally in points per game at 46.6, but which gives up 271 yards per game on the ground.
Peach Bowl – December 31: No. 18 Houston vs No. 9 Florida State
Dalvin Cook finished seventh in Heisman voting this season, which saw him break Warrick Dunn’s single season school rushing record and lead the ACC in yards per carry. Houston surprised college football with an outstanding 12-1 season, in which they outscored opponents by an average of 20 points per game.
Fiesta Bowl – January 1: No. 8 Notre Dame vs No. 7 Ohio State
The Buckeye’s hopes to repeat as National Champions came to an end in a home loss to Michigan State in which the eventual eighth place Heisman finisher Ezekiel Elliott had an extremely unproductive day. The Buckeyes meet the Fighting Irish who had their College Football Playoff aspirations spoiled in a loss to Stanford to end the season.
Rose Bowl – January 1: No. 6 Stanford vs No. 5 Iowa
Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey had an incredible season in which he broke Barry Sanders’ record for all-purpose yardage in a season. Both the Cardinal and the Hawkeyes were likely one win away from finding themselves in this year’s playoff.
Alamo Bowl – January 2: No. 15 Oregon vs No. 11 TCU
After Trevor Boykin finished fourth in Heisman voting last year and TCU narrowly missed out on the inaugural College Football Playoff, expectations were high coming into this season. Things didn’t quite pan out as Boykin finished tied for ninth in this year’s Heisman voting and TCU suffered losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Still, the Horned Frogs are seventh in the nation in points scored per game at 41.7 and they’re matched up against the fifth highest scoring offense in the nation (43.2 points per game) in Oregon.
Orange Bowl – December 31: No. 4 Oklahoma vs No. 1 Clemson
This matchup features this year’s third place Heisman finisher in Deshaun Watson leading undefeated Clemson against fourth place Heisman finisher Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma. Clemson is looking to capture their first National Championship since 1981, while Oklahoma looks to get into the the National Championship game and break its streak of losses in the National Championship game (2004, 2008).
Cotton Bowl – December 31: No. 3 Michigan State vs No. 2 Alabama
Heisman winner Derrick Henry looks to repeat Mark Ingram’s 2009 campaign by winning the Heisman and a National Championship for the Crimson Tide. They’re matched up against Michigan State led by ninth place Heisman finisher, QB Connor Cook.
For what it’s worth, top 10 Heisman finishers are 72-73 in bowl games since 2000, with 21 head-to-head matchups.