College football is almost 150 years old, and for almost all 150 there is no formal high-level championship. And now that the time comes, we are still debating who is competitive and how serious it is to take it.

Many teams claim many old titles. That is justified in almost every year.

How can a team that defeats each team not be considered a champion? How can you decide between two strangers from different regions?

Decreased to the beginning, historians and mathematicians have made their choices for each season closest to a champion.

They participated in media surveys, coach surveys, more advanced computer systems, and so on. Many of them are listed as "selectors" by the NCAA, although the board has never been responsible for the title of top football.

So let's pick exactly one champion from each seasonYear after year and team after team, and then they all count up,

This will not be the opinion of a person. We find the same thing every season, which comes closest to a consensus. It combines NCAA-recognized selectors and quality measures such as SRS, S & P +, a series of thoroughly researched articles by James Vautravers, a series informed by Bill Connelly through advanced statistics, and more.

Your team will probably have fewer titles than they claim, although we will find a few more demanding teams and a season with the only clear champion Not claim it.


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A four-man tournament selected by a group of suits should fix everything. Teller: it did not,


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With all conferences finally on board, a mix of polls and # 1 and # 2 computers would be the same. Annual controversies took place anyway, Nobody was ever responsible,

  • 2013: State of Florida,
  • 2012: Alabama, The state of Ohio was undefeated, but the bowl was banned. Ask for it, if you like!
  • 2011: Alabama The LSU defeated in the title game stronger than the Alabama in the regular season. Bama's title is undeniable … but the LSU has really been celebrating a whole season. And if the state of Oklahoma ever wants to hang a banner, then do it.
  • 2010: Auburnalthough unconquered Rose Bowl champ TCU would have a case. This was a funny year. S & P + would have selected Boise State to beat someone, while SRS would have taken Stanford (not that both have a valid claim).
  • 2009: Alabama, The undefeated Boise State won another Fiesta Bowl with FWIW.
  • 2008: FloridaAlthough unbeaten Sugar champion Utah had a convincing case, he had a win over SEC West champion Alabama and the # 1 rankings in several BCS computers.
  • 2007: LSUBut if Georgia, Kansas and USC themselves trophies, that would not be the craziest thing of the season.
  • 2006: FloridaAlthough the legendary Fiesta of Boise State is undefeated, there is every reason to claim a title if he wants (there are shirts, unofficial).
  • 2005: TexasThanks to perhaps the most popular game ever.
  • 2004: USCregardless of the alternative facts of the NCAA. The undefeated Fiesta champion Utah was able to print T-shirts. BCS Snub Auburn gave the players wrestling, but does not claim it.
  • 2003: LSU, The USC pretty much claims that the survey title, although only the USC cares.
  • 2002: Ohio state, The world will never agree on the late appeal against Miami, but it happened.
  • 2001: Miami, one of the SEVERAL participants in the debate with the greatest team ever.
  • 2000: Oklahoma,
  • 1999: State of Florida, But no one beat Marshall.
  • 1998: Tennessee, But no one beat Tulane. Feel a trend?

Northwest against Nebraska

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The Proto-BCS tried to beat Cups # 1 vs. # 1. No. 2. It came close, but the Big Ten and Pac-10 preferred the Rose Bowl to a title game.

  • 1997: Nebraska over Michigan, but since they did not face each other, the Huskers play more final teams, won more decisively and had the electoral majority, but were penalized in the AP poll for the Flea Kicker. Here's what overrides this controversy: Washington State is stripped of its final against Michigan. The Huskers would probably have been favored in a title game.
  • 1996: Florida,
  • 1995: Nebraska,
  • 1994: The undefeated Nebraska defeated two of the last six places. The undefeated Penn State beat four of the last 14 places. PSU's schedule was tougher, but Nebraska was more dominant. The (many) surveys favored the Huskers, while the Nittany Lions had an edge for the more advanced, roughly dividing the computers and adding SRS and S & P + (according to statistics, Penn State is one of the best teams without a title). Nebraska almost three times as many NCAA-listed # 1 including AP.
  • 1993: State of Florida, Notre Dame beat the FSU and could claim, based on the ever-indecisive National Championship Foundation and a mathematical ranking (there are shirts, yes). The Auburn Tigers banned in the bowl are not claiming 1993, though they would like to hint.
  • 1992: Alabama,

For most of the twentieth century, teams' claims were based on either the Associated Press poll, the UPI / Coaches poll, an equivalent equivalent, or whatever else they wanted to call it.

  • 1991: Washington, Unbeaten Miami's claim is legitimate, but the Huskies were number 1 in more selectors on both sides of the ball, and in second place ahead of Miami, all against one of the top-10 schedules, S & P + placing them in a hypothetical title game of nearly four points.
  • 1990: Georgia tech, The majority of polls favors Colorado, but that's wrong news. The record of CU would have been 10-2-1, if not the fifth down
  • 1989: Miami,
  • 1988: Notre Dame,
  • 1987: Miami, (You can also buy Syracuse shirts.)
  • 1986: Penn State,
  • 1985: Oklahoma,
  • 1984: BYU, By default. One of the craziest seasons brought forth an undefeated team that swept the polls, but played no one more glamorous than the 6-6 Michigan. (The best team for S & P +, SRS, Sagarin and six contemporary selectors: a florist banned in the bowl.) Claim it, Gators.)
  • 1983: Miami Hardly a strike against Nebraska to jump from No. 5 to No. 1, but Auburn should claim. The tigers stood in front of you far harder schedule and beat the Florida, which blew the sticks out. Emotional human voters were influenced by Miami's late drama and episode, while relentless numbers continued to support Auburn (or even Nebraska).
  • 1982: Penn State,
  • 1981: Clemson,
  • 1980: Georgia,
  • 1979: Alabama,
  • 1978: USC and Alabama shared the polls. USC defeated Alabama in Birmingham by 10 points. Next.
  • 1977: Notre Dame,
  • 1976: Pitt,
  • 1975: Oklahomabut the state of Arizona remained unbeaten in the WAC (yes, there is a shirt).
  • 1974: Oklahoma, USC's claim is based on some polls that refuse to crown OU for NCAA reasons.

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Here's why the last big poll, the UPI / Coaches, has changed:

  • 1973: Notre Dame beat Alabama in a bowl # 1 vs. No. 3. Ignore Bama's claim to this season, unless you also want to ignore the game between the two at the end of the 2012 season. Incidentally, SRS considers the once-tied Oklahoma to be the best non-World War II team ever, and the playoff would have been crazy this year.

Some teams accepted black players in the 19th century (William H. Lewis of Harvard was an All-American in 1892), but integration (or reintegration) did not start national until the 1930s and 1960s in the south,

  • 1972: USC, probably the best team in the history of Pac-12 (and all its former names).
  • 1971: Nebraska, with the Huskers and Alabama among the top 10 teams of S & P + since World War II. Toledo should claim something unbeaten for three seasons.
  • 1970Texas and Ohio state but lost their bowls. Nebraska not lost.
  • 1969: Texasbut undefeated Penn State could claim it based on a few computers.
  • 1968: Ohio state,
  • 1967: USC,
  • 1966: Notre Damethough Michigan State (undefeated colleague linking the Irish) and Alabama (flawless) had no cases. The Irish were # 1 on both sides of the ball and faced a slightly harder schedule. Bama Not claim this despite being No. 1 of the NCAA-listed Berryman and Sagarin. Trade in 1973 and 1941, Bama.
  • 1965: Alabama, The state of Michigan claims this, based on a survey released before the loss of MSU's Bowl, although the number of MSUs would beat Bama.
  • 1964: Unbeaten Arkansas, Bama claims, but lost his shell.
  • 1963: Texas,
  • 1962: USC swept the polls. Ole Miss has a claim based on a few computers.
  • 1961: Unbeaten Alabama, The state of Ohio claims it, but had to draw against a 3-5-2 TCU, which also destroyed the perfect season in Texas.
  • 1960: Big mess! 8-2 Minnesota was number 1 in several polls, but was 8-2. Missouri remained unbeaten only thanks to a Kansas defeat. The consensus is closest to 10-0-1 Ole missalthough his schedule is not impressive. Iowa (a computer darling lost only to Minnesota) should claim, and Washington's retrospective claim (a loss to beat Minnesota, No. 1 in an NCAA selector) is also legitimate.
  • 1959Another season with two of S & P +'s top 10 teams since World War II. Ole Miss was an epic touchdown to at least share the honor Syracuse,
  • 1958: LSU, Iowa could claim a piece.
  • 1957: Auburn, Ohio State claims based on a few polls that the tigers do not rank because of NCAA stuff.
  • 1956: Oklahoma,
  • 1955: Oklahoma,
  • 1954: Ohio state about undefeated UCLA, thanks a a lot of stronger schedule. The two could not meet in one of the biggest Rose Bowls, thanks to the stupid rule of the era against a team that played in successive years. The claim of the Bruins is fair.
  • 1953: Maryland participated in both major polls and was then locked out in the bowl against Oklahoma (the OU should start asserting). 9-0-1 Notre Dame was vociferous this year, supported by many mathematicians and historians. S & P + has these Irishmen as fifth best team of the 50s. Take it, whether you like it or not, Notre Dame,
  • 1952: Michigan state went 9-0 and has the majority of selectors, while Georgia Tech defeated 11 FBS-equivalent teams (plus Florida State, which was not a thing yet). The Jackets defeated four ranked teams against the three of MSU, and this is MSU's win over 4-3-2 Purdue as a runner-up victory. The claim of GT is legitimate.
  • 1951: Tennessee claims to be unbeaten despite losing its shell Maryland, Michigan State has a fair claim.
  • 1950: Oklahoma claims but lost its shell to Bear Bryant's Kentucky, which also claims. Tennessee defeated Kentucky, but lost to a Mississippi state that otherwise went 2-5 to FBS equivalents. Shameless Princeton claims it, but by that time the Ivy League was Proto-FCS. Oh, and OU had a harder schedule than the SEC teams. What a mess! Go with Tennessee, the AP No. Beat 5 Texas in cotton.

The service academies were hilarious, as was Notre Dame Many non-military schools stopped the sport for a while,

  • 1949: Notre Dame In essence, every poll and formula swept, but the College Football Researchers Association is taking Oklahoma.
  • 1948: Michigan,
  • 1947: Michigan from a mile. Notre Dame AP No. 1 came before Michigan destroyed USC in the Rose while the Irish were sitting at home. The AP tried to re-elect the top 2 places after the Bowl. Michigan took it, though Notre Dame still claims.
  • 1946: Co-champs Army and Notre Dame tied up in a GAME OF THE CENTURY. The Irish had the best raw and adversary numbers of the year, while the army faced a harder schedule. It's one of the toughest eternal arguments in the history of college football. One solution: Georgia unbeaten (assert, Dawgs). Most voters prefer Notre Damewhich was otherwise not denied throughout the year; The army almost lost to a 1-8 Navy that struck Notre Dame.
  • [1945[1945: army, the most outrageous team ever. (In 2016, the state of Oklahoma somehow added a retrospective election trophy.)
  • 1944: GAME OF THE CENTURY winner armyAlthough the claim of the state of Ohio is unbeaten.
  • 1943: Notre Dame, The highest rated SRS team ever, though it has lost a game. Purdue not.
  • 1942: Most people have selected Ohio State, but love the numbers Georgia, The Dawgs had better wins, eliminating Georgia Tech # 5, eliminating UCLA in the Rose, and defeating number 10 Alabama with 11 points.
  • 1941: Minnesota, Alabama's claim is the most ridiculous of all time. The Tide was eliminated twice, ranked 20th in the AP poll, and waited four decades to say so, based on a man's analysis.

Back to normal!

  • 1940: Minnesota Compared to perhaps the toughest schedule in the country, including four top-10 teams, Stanford's claim is reasonable.
  • 1939: Texas A & M, SRS and Sagarin are among the undefeated Cornell # 1.
  • 1938: TCU won the AP. The volumes have the most modern and retroactive computers as well as the CFRA. TCU has some historical favor for itself and SRS. Tennessee played a harder schedule, but both should continue to argue.
  • 1937: Pitt, Cal and Santa Clara (!) Have cases.
  • 1936: Minnesota, Pitt played more in the rankings and had more decisive victories over common opponents, but Minnesota's loss was 7th in the northwest, while Pitt lost at home to No. 14 Duquesne and Fordham No. 15.

1933 Rose Bowl program
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Totally damn anarchy! There were people who published stock selection, and historians and maths still go back to that era. But now we are without the historical record of contemporary popular thinking.

  • 1935: Minnesota, Princeton claims it because Princeton claims everything. SMU has statistical support, but lost the rose through a touchdown.
  • 1934: Minnesota has the most contemporary and retrospective selectors and had the best win of the year (at Pitt), although Alabama played two more games after the Gophers were completed, including a win over previously unbeaten Stanford, and beat a few teams better than anyone other stuff on Minnesota's schedule. Both claims are valid.
  • 1933: Michigan, Princeton claims as always.
  • 1932: USC everything destroyed, including an undefeated pitt in the rose, but Michigan has a valid claim. (In addition, we are in the era where teams give 0 points all year, Colgate has done so against a terrible schedule and has a title share from historian Parke Davis.)
  • 1931: USC,
  • 1930, Notre Dame and Alabama were unbeaten monsters. The majority of people and numbers are involved Notre DameThe brutal schedule of Alabama dominance is huge. SRS considers these Irish to be an all-time Great. Bama's claim is solid.
  • 1929: Notre Dame, Pitt, Purdue and Tulane have cases.
  • 1928: Georgia tech,
  • 1927Georgia might have been the easiest choice if Georgia Tech had not just tanked for weeks to ruin the UGA. Texas A & M played a light schedule, but has a fair statistical claim. Yale's schedule was brutal and included only a weird loss for the UGA. Illinois remains the popular choice.
  • 1926: Lafayette was unbeaten against a lightweight schedule. Notre Dame had an ugly loss on a tough schedule. Stanford nearly lost to a 0-5-1 college. Navy's blemish was a draw with the 7-1-1 Army, while Bama teamed with Stanford in the Rose. Everyone should say. Alabama has the historic majority and played one of the toughest schedules of the year.
  • 1925: Bama's Rose Victory is a legend, some call it the first time a southern team has found national respect. See no. 1917.) Vautravers is an excellent argument for the unbeaten Dartmouth, though by far the vast majority ensures it Alabama,
  • 1924: Notre Dame,
  • 1923: Illinoisalthough Cal, Cornell, Michigan and Yale have cases.
  • 1922Cornell and Iowa can claim, but most go along Princeton over Cal (closely).
  • 1921: Cal has the majority of support. Cornell's claim is in order, as Iowa would.
  • 1920: Calalthough a few teams claim. VMI could too!
  • 1919: Greatest mess of all time? The only subtitle of the CFRA (Harvard and Illinois). Parke Davis and the NCF distributed three-way titles that drew in Notre Dame and Texas A & M. Vautravers splits it up between Illinois and Penn State. SRS has Illinois over all of these, but not No. 1 (Alabama). Sagarin has center number 1. Nobody has anything other than Illinois make the cut.

Georgia Tech "Golden Tornado" from 1917
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The less effective world war, from a sporting point of view.

  • 1918: Pitt After the 4-1 result, the one-point defeat to Cleveland Naval Reserve (one of several wartime all-star teams) was responsible for the deployment. Michigan and others have claims.
  • 1917: Georgia tech,

1902 Michigan
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Back to normal!

  • 1916: Pitt, Colgate and Army can claim. Georgia Tech defeated a hastily assembled team by 222-0 and suffered only a draw.
  • 1915: Cornellalthough Oklahoma and Pitt have cases.
  • 1914: The most choice armybut Illinois was more dominant against what SRS considers a much tougher schedule. Texas destroyed a lighting plan.
  • 1913: Harvardalthough some go with Chicago. Auburn has another title to claim, having remained undefeated as No. 1 in Billingsley's formula affecting profit margins.
  • 1912: Harvard, Penn State, however, could claim.
  • 1911: Princeton, Vautravers makes a good case for the Carlisle Indian School (Jim Thorpe's team), and SRS considers Minnesota by far the best competitor.
  • 1910: Harvard,
  • 1909: Yale,
  • 1908: Pennalthough some like Harvard. Unbeaten LSU was able to hold its own thanks to a share of NCF No. 1.
  • 1907: Yale,
  • 1906: Numbers and historians share Princeton or Yale who have joined together. I break this tie. Yale was the only team that defeated Harvard while Princeton did not play Harvard.
  • 1905: Chicagoalthough some take Yale.
  • 1904: PennBut Michigan and Minnesota have cases.
  • 1903: Princetonbut Michigan has a fair claim.
  • 1902: Michigan,

The game expanded nationally as it was urgently needed to be less violent, Enjoy the coming of these last non-Ivy champions.

  • 1901: Some take Princeton, which dominated a tough schedule, but Michigan finished his mediocre schedule with a 550-0 lead (no misprint) and won the very first bowl.
  • 1900John Heisman's 6-0 clemson might as well claim Yale twice as many games won in a more established region.
  • 1899: Historian separated between Harvard and Princeton. SRS prefers Harvard and says the Crimson played the harder schedule; Princeton lost a game and fought in two others. howeverwho is a national champion Sewanee, The Tennessee Tigers went 12-0 in the south and extinguished the south. These included the closure of Texas A & M, Texas, Tulane, LSU and Ole Miss during a six-day road trip that was perhaps the biggest achievement in football history. This is the only year in which I ignore all selectors and stamp my own champion.
  • 1898: Harvard,
  • 1897: Penn, the last FBS equivalent team to 2018 15-0.
  • 1896: Princetonalthough Lafayette has a case.
  • 1895: Penn,
  • 1894: Yale,
  • 1893: Princeton,
  • 1892: Yale, The last title was won by Walter Camp, the adopted father of football. Meanwhile, Heisman's debut season is 7-0 in Oberlin, with two devastations by the state of Ohio and a win over Michigan.
  • 1891: Yale,
  • 1890: After reading the next 20 seasons, you will remember it HarvardName as an oasis.
  • 1889: Princeton,
  • 1888: It is Yale with the first 10-win season of all time. Thirteen, actually.
  • 1887: Yale,
  • 1886: Yalealthough Princeton has a case. Most historians take note of the circumstances in this de facto national championship, which was convened prematurely because of darkness. That meant a draw, even though Yale was leading. Everyone met in a hotel to argue about it. "The big fight on Thursday in Princeton has not achieved anything," said the New York Times, Princeton offered a rematch. I will keep you up-to-date.
  • 1885: Princeton,
  • 1884: YaleIs the most popular choice over unbeaten Princeton (they drew in a title game), thanks to much better margins. Note that Yale scored an average of 55 points per game this season …
  • 1883: … after this Yale on average 60 points this season …
  • 1882: … after this Yale an average of 6.5 points this season. That was when Camp really struggled with the scoring system of the sport. He would score four-point field goals and touchdowns worth two plus four-point kicks. The assessment would continue for 30 years.
  • 1881: Yale has a little more support for historians and just a match, to the two of Princeton.

Check out these beasts at 1876 Yale!

  • 1880: Princeton and Yale went 4-0 in the episode in a de facto game. Historians and maths prefer something Yale,
  • 1879: Princeton,
  • 1878: Princeton,
  • 1877: Princeton went 2-0-1. The Tigers tied Yale claiming the support of historians, perhaps by winning several games, but [clears throat] In 1877, Yale played nobody. Princeton defeated two, more than 500 teams while Yale struck none. I just used the figures for the College Football Playoff Committee on 1877. Many Thanks.
  • 1876: Yale,
  • 1875: The oldest title dispute! Princeton defeated Columbia and later Division III school Stevens Tech, both at home. Harvard beat a Canadian pickup team twice (once in Montreal), won at Tufts and won at Yale. (I have now listed both schedules.) Princeton was stronger against a tougher list of teams.
  • 1874: There is a historians split, but Yale& # 39; s win against Stevens was the only victory of any team that was not called Columbia or Rutgers.
  • 1873: Princeton,
  • 1872: Princeton,

1869 Princeton
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  • 1870: Princeton beat Rutgers. Rutgers hit Columbia. That was the season.
  • 1869: Anticipating BCS In 2011, the winner of the first round was eliminated in the rematch. Princeton took the overall difference of the season, 12-6. (Most Rutgers Findings Ever Oppose It) Rutgers has no convincing claim to a title, even though he has won 100 percent of all football matches at one point.
  • 17: Yale
  • 15: Princeton
  • 11: Alabama, Notre Dame (including 1953, which ND has not claimed despite its status) by far The best option)
  • 7: USC
  • 6: Oklahoma
  • 5: Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska
  • 4: Miami, Ohio State, Penn, Pitt
  • 3: Army, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Tennessee, Texas
  • 2: Auburn, Cal, Georgia, Penn State
  • 1: Arkansas, BYU, Chicago, Cornell, Maryland, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Sewanee (Now Honored by SB Nation), Syracuse, Texas A & M, Washington

Controversy settled, right? No? I doubt that we will be in agreement here every year, but I have shown all my work. If you disagree with any of these numbers, you should also show your comments in the comments.

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