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College football’s Heisman Trophy: from Berwanger to Manziel

2. Smallest election margins

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    Mark Ingram runs the ball for Alabama in 2009.
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Heisman balloting, mostly by sportswriters, can be a complex subject to unpack. The most accurate year-to-year comparisons of voting results are probably done by the Stiff Arm Trophy website, which bases things on a percentage of total votes tallied to calculate election margins. Here are the closest finishes based on the website's calculations.

2009: Alabama RB Mark Ingram over Stanford RB Toby Gerhart (1.01 percentage differential)

1985: Auburn RB Bo Jackson over Iowa QB Chuck Long (1.43 differential)

1953: Notre Dame RB Johnny Lattner over Minnesota RB Paul Giel (1.49 differential)

1961: Syracuse RB Ernie Davis over Ohio State RB Bob Ferguson  (1.62 differential)

1956: Notre Dame QB Paul Hornung over Tennessee RB Johnny Majors (1.82 differential )

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