National Champions 1970-Present

 
            Home Page         National Champions 1936-1969
 
1. The NCAA has never had an Official National Champion in Major College / D1A / FBS football

2.The purpose of these pages is not to say one team or another is more deserving of a National Championship or that some National Championship Selectors are superior to others, but to give data for people to compare teams or years.

3. This page (since 1970) shows the four major selectors - AP, Coaches, Football Writers and National Football Foundation and the BCS National Champion selections.  
 
 To see all selectors for the years on this page click on 1970-Present (all selectors at homepage)


 
 
AP - (AP) First year 1936, has been awarding its NC after bowls since 1968 (also 1965)  The Associated Press National College Football Trophy  AP Polls
Coaches - (C) First year 1950, has been awarding its NC after bowls since 1974.  American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Championship Trophy  AFCA Homepage
FWAA - (FW) Football Writers Association America.  First year 1954, has been awarding its NC after the bowls since 1955.  Grantland Rice Trophy     FWAA Homepage                   
NFF - (NFF) National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.  First year 1959, has been awarding its NC after bowls since 1971.  MacAurthur Bowl Trophy    NFF Homepage
 
 
   The Coaches Poll has been presented by the following, but I list them as C for all years.
   UP  1950-57
   UPI   1958-1990
   USA Today/CNN  1991-1996
   USA Today/ESPN   1997-Present
 

I also wish to thank - Tex Noel, (1st-N-Goal); Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association for much needed and appreciated information and guidance.   I.F.R.A. Link
 

                     
    I will show Offensive Yard Per Game and Defensive Yards Per Game (OYPG & DYPG)   (rounded off to nearest yard) The NCAA did not include bowl games in final stats until 2002

     VS Rnk Game or VS Rnk Final - is for games vs teams ranked in top 20 or 25 either at game time or the final AP or Coaches polls.  From 1961-1968 the AP only had a top 10.  
     
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     Coaches/BCS Trophy
 

AP Trophy 

Grantland Rice Trophy 

 
 
MacArthur Bowl Trophy
 
Bold  marking for national champion selectors means done after bowls.
 
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   2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  2010
Auburn
 BCS/C
AP FW NFF
 
14-0
 
41.2 - 24.1
 
3-0
 
3-0
 
6-0
 
7-0

577 
 
377
 
499
 
368
 
W
 
107-72   .598%
 Won 6 games by a TD or less, 5 by 3 pts or less
 Defeated Oregon in BCS Champ. Game 22-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Year
Team
   Selector
 
 Record
 Average
Score
VS Top
10.Game 
VS Top
10 Final 
VS Rnk
Game * 
VS Rnk
Final *
 Off.
Points
 Def
Points
OYPG 
DYPG 
 Bowl 
Opp. Record
W / L     %
Comments 
Losses, ties, close games, bowl games etc.
  2009
Alabama
 BCS/C 
AP  FW NFF
 
 14-0
 
 32.1 - 11.7
 
 4-0
 
 3-0
 
 6-0
 
5-0
 
 449
 
 164
 
403 
 
 244
 
 W
 
107-72  .598%
Closest game 12-10 vs Tennesse
Defeated Texas in BCS Champ. Game  37-21
  2008
Florida
 BCS/C 
AP  FW NFF
 
 13-1
 
43.6 - 12.9
 
 4-0
 
 3-0
 
 6-0
 
4-1
 
 611
 
181
 
445
 
285
 
 W
 
109-73  .599%
Lost to Mississippi 31-30
Defeated Oklahoma in BCS Champ.Game 24-14
  2007
LSU
BCS/C  
AP FW NFF
 
 12-2
 
38.6 - 19.9
 
3-0
 
2-0
 
7-1
 
5-0
 
541
 
279
 
439
 
289
 
W
 
104-75  .581%
Lost to Kentucky 43-37, Arkansas 50-48
Defeated Ohio State in BCS Champ Game 38-24
  2006
Florida
 BCS/C  
AP  FW NFF
 
 13-1
 
29.7 - 13.5
 
3-1
 
2-1
 
5-1
 
5-1
 
416
 
189
 
396
 
255
 
W
 
110-70  .611%
Lost to Auburn 27-17
Defeated Ohio State in BCS Champ Game 41-14
  2005
Texas
BCS/C  
AP FW NFF
 
 13-0
 
50.2 - 16.4
 
3-0
 
2-0
 
4-0
 
4-0
 
652
 
213
 
512
 
303
 
W
 
88-66    .571%
Closest game 25-22 vs Ohio St-only game within 11pts
Defeated S. Cal in Rose Bowl 41-38
  2004
S. Cal
BCS/C * 
AP  FW NFF
 
 13-0
 
38.2 - 13.0
 
2-0
 
3-0
 
3-0
 
4-0
 
496
 
169
 
449
 
279
 
W
 
82-70     .539%
Closest games 31-28 vs Stanford, 29-24 vs UCLA
Defeated Oklahoma in Orange Bowl 55-19
  2003
S. Cal
LSU
 
AP FW
NFF BCS/C 
 
 12-1
 13-1
 
41.1 - 18.4
33.9 - 11.0
 
3-0
3-0
 
2-0
3-0
 
3-0
5-0
 
2-0
4-1
 
534
475
 
239
154
 
448
418 
 
 336
252
 
W
W
 
85-79    .518%
97-83    .539%
LSU lost vs Florida 19-7, USC vs Cal 34-31
Beat Michigan in Rose Bowl 28-14
Beat Oklahoma in Sugar Bowl 21-14
  2002
Ohio St.
 BCS 
AP C FW NFF
 
 14-0
 
29.3 - 13.1
 
3-0
 
3-0
 
5-0
 
4-0
 
410
 
183
 
365
 
321 
 
 W
 
100-81   .552%
(23-19-Cin, 19-14-Wis, 10-6-Pur, 14-9-Mich, 13-7-PSt,
23-16 Illinois)  Defeated Miami in Fiesta Bowl 31-24
  2001
Miami
BCS/C 
AP FW NFF
 
 12-0
 
42.7 - 9.8
 
  1-0
 
  1-0
 
 5-0
 
6-0
 
512
 
 117
 
462
 
273 
 
 W
 
81-60    .574%
26-24 vs V. Tech, 18-7 vs Bostn College
Beat Nebraska in Rose Bowl 37-14
  2000
Oklahoma
BCS/C 
AP FW NFF
 
 13-0
 
37.0 - 14.9
 
5-0
 
4-0
 
6-0
 
5-0
 
481
 
194
 
429
 
279
 
W
 
87-70    .554% 
35-31 vs T A&M, 12-7 vs Okie St, 27-24 vs KSt.
Beat Florida State in Orange Bowl 13-2
                             
Year
Team
Selector
Record
Average
Score
VS Top
10.Game
VS Top
10 Final
VS Rnk
Game
VS Rnk
Final 
Off.
Points
Def
Points
OYPG
DYPG
Bowl
Opp.  Record
W / L        %
Comments 
Losses, ties, close games, bowl games etc.
 1999
Florida St
BCS/C 
AP FW NFF
 
 12-0
 
38.2 - 16.9
 
3-0
 
1-0
 
5-0
 
4-0
 
458
 
203
 
426
 
305
 
W
 
82-60    .577% 
Closest game 17-14 vs Clemson, 30-23 vs Florida
Beat Virginia Tech in Sugar Bowl 46-29
 1998
Tennesse
BCS/C 
AP FW NFF
 
 13-0
 
33.2 - 14-5 
 
4-0
 
2-0
 
7-0
 
5-0
 
431
 
189
 
399
 
303
 
W
 
82-71    .536%
34-33 vs Syr, 20-17 vs Florida, 28-24 vs Arkansas
Beat Florida State in Fiesta Bowl 23-16
 1997
Michigan
Nebraska
 
AP FW NFF
C
 
 12-0
 13-0
 
26.8 -  9.5
 46.7 - 16.5 
 
4-0
2-0
 
1-0 
2-0
 
7-0
4-0
 
3-0
5-0
 
322
607
 
114
214
 
388
512 
 
207
257 
 
W
W
 
75-69     .521%
76-75     .503%
UM-5 games within 7 pts, UN - 2 (includ. bowls)
Beat Wash. State in Rose Bowl 21-16
Beat Tennesse in Orange Bowl 42-17
 1996
Florida
 
AP C FW NFF
 
 12-1
 
47.0 - 17.0 
 
2-1
 
2-1
 
5-1
 
5-1
 
611
 
221
 
504
 
281
 
W
 
90-60     .600%
Lost to Florida State 24-21 in regular season
Defeated Florida State in Sugar Bowl 52-20
 1995
Nebraska
 
AP C FW NFF
 
 12-0
 
 53.2 - 14.5
 
4-0
 
4-0
 
 4-0
 
4-0
 
638
 
 174
 
556
 
294
 
 W
 
75-62-2    547%
Closest game 35-21 vs Wash St (only within 23)
Beat Florida in Fiesta Bowl 62-24
  1994
Nebraska
 
AP C FW NFF
 
13-0
 
35.3 - 12.5
 
2-0
 
2-0
 
5-0
 
3-0
 
459
 
162
 
478
 
259
 
W
 
78-71-3   .523%
Close games, 13-3 vs Oklahoma, 17-6 vs Kan. St.
Beat Miami in Orange Bowl 24-17
  1993
Florida St
 
AP C FW NFF
 
12-1
 
41.2 - 9.9
 
3-1
 
2-1
 
6-1
 
5-1
 
536
 
129
 
 548
 
 285
 
W
 
92-62      .597%
Lost to Notre Dame 31-24
Beat Nebraska in Orange Bowl 18-16
  1992
Albama
 
AP C FW NFF
 
13-0
 
28.2 - 9.4
 
1-0
 
2-0
 
4-0
 
5-0
 
366
 
122
 
 363
 
194 
 
W
 
78-69-2    .530%
17-10 vs S. Miss, 17-10 vs Tenn, 28-21 vs Florida
Defeated Miami in Sugar Bowl 34-13
  1991
Miami
Washington
 
AP
C FW NFF
 
12-0
12-0
 
32.2 - 8.3
41.2 - 9.6
 
3-0
3-0
 
2-0
2-0
 
 4-0
3-0
 
4-0
4-0
 
386
495
 
100 
115
 
 
 
W
W
 
75-63-3    .543%
70-64-2    .522%
UM-3 games within 7, UW- 1 game
Beat Nebraska in Orange Bowl 22-0
Beat Michigan in Rose Bowl 34-14
  1990
Colorado
Georgia T.
 
AP FW NFF
C 
 
11-1-1
11-0-1 
 
30.7 - 17.6
31.6 - 15.5
 
2-0-1
1-0
 
2-0-1 
1-0
 
5-1-1
4-0
 
5-1-1
4-0
 
399
379
 
229
186

 
 
W
W
 
88-58-4   .600%
75-60-2   .555% 
G.T. tied N. Car, CU lost-Illinois by 1, tied Tennesse
Beat ND in Orange Bowl 10-9
Beat Nebraska in Citrus Bowl 45-21
                             
 Year
Team
 Selector
 
 Record
 Average
Score
 VS Top
10 Game
 VS Top
10 Final
 VS Rnk
 Game
 VS.Rnk
 FInal
 Off.
Points
 Def.
Points
OYPG
 DYPG
Bowl
Opp.  Record
W / L         %
Comments 
Losses, ties, close games, bowl games etc.
  1989
Miami
 
AP C FW NFF
 
12-1
 
35.5 - 10.6
 
2-1
 
2-1 
 
3-1
 
4-1 
 
426
 
127
 
 
 
 
74-61-4   .547%
Lost to Florida State 24-10
Beat Alabama in Sugar Bowl 33-25
  1988
Notre Dame
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
12-0
 
32.8 - 13.0
 
 4-0
 
 4-0
 
4-0
 
4-0
 
393
 
156 
 
 
 
W
 
73-61-4   .543% 
Closest game 19-17 vs Mich (only under 10 pts) 
Defeated West Virginia in Fiesta Bowl 34-21
  1987
Miami
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
12-0 
 
34.3 - 10.4 
 
5-0
 
2-0
 
6-0
 
4-0 
 
412
 
125
 
 
 
W
 
76-62-1   .550% 
26-25 vs Florida St, 20-16 vs S. Carolina
Defeated Oklahoma in Orange Bowl 20-14
  1986
Penn St
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
12-0
 
28.3 - 11.1 
 
2-0 
 
2-0
 
2-0
 
3-0 
 
340 
 
133

 
 
 
W
 
72-61-3   .540% 
17-15 vs Maryland ,24-19 vs Notre Dame, 23-17 Cincy
Defeated Miami in Fiesta Bowl 14-10
  1985
Oklahoma
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
11-1
 
30.9 - 8.6
 
2-0 
 
2-1 
 
4-0 
 
2-1 
 
371
 
103
 
 418
 
200
 
W
 
79-61-0   .564% 
Lost to Miami 27-14
Beat Penn State in Orange Bowl 25-10
  1984
BYU
 
AP C FW NFF
 
13-0
 
35.1 - 14.1 
 
1-0 
 
0-0
 
1-0
 
0-0
 
456
 
183 
 
487

 321
 
 
61-85-3   .419% 
20-14 Pitt, 18-13 Hawaii, 41-38 Wy,30-25 AirForce
Beat Michigan in Holiday Bowl 24-17
  1983
Miami
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
11-1
 
26.1 - 11.3 
 
1-0
 
1-1 
 
3-0 
 
3-1
 
313
 
136
 
 
 
W
 
72-63-3   .533% 
Lost to Florida 28-3
Defeated Nebraska in Orange Bowl 31-30
  1982
Penn St
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
11-1
 
32.9 -16.3 
 
3-1 
 
3-0 
 
6-1
 
5-1 
 
395
 
196 
 
 
 
W
 
88-50-2   .636% 
Lost to Alabama 42-21
Defeated Georgia in Sugar Bowl 27-23
  1981
Clemson
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
12-0 
 
28.2 - 8.8 
 
3-0 
 
3-0
 
3-0 
 
3-0 
 
338 
 
105 
 
 
 
W
 
63-66-1   .488% 
10-8 vs N. Carolina, 13-5 vs Tulane
Beat Nebraska in Orange Bowl 22-15
  1980
Georgia
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
12-0 
 
27.8 - 11.4 
 
1-0 
 
1-0 
 
4-0
 
2-0
 
333 
 
137 
 
 
 
W
 
55-78-2   .415% 
16-15 vs TN, 20-16 vs Clem,13-10 vs S.Car, 26-21.Flo
Defeated Notre Dame in Sugar Bowl 17-10
                             
Year
Team
Selector
Record
Average
Score
VS Top
10.Game
VS Top
10 Final
VS Rnk
Game
VS Rnk
Final 
Off.
Points
Def
Points
OYPG
DYPG
Bowl
Opp.   Record
W / L         %
Comments 
Losses, ties, close games, bowl games etc.
  1979
Alabama
 
AP C FW NFF
 
12-0 
 
31.9 - 5.6 
 
1-0
 
1-0 
 
4-0
 
3-0 
 
383
 
67 
 
 
 
 
59-75-2   .441% 
Closest game 3-0 vs LSU, 25-18 vs Auburn
Defeated Arkansas in Sugar Bowl 24-9
  1978
Alabama
S. Cal
 
AP FW NFF
C
 
11-1 
12-1
 
28.8 - 14.0 
24.5 - 11.8
 
4-1
3-0
 
2-1
3-0
 
4-1 
5-0
 
3-1
6-1
 
345 
318
 
168
153

 
 
W
W
 
82-54-2   .601%
94-53-2   .638% 
USC beat Bama 24-14 in season, ASU beat USC20-7
 Beat Penn St in Sugar Bowl 14-7
 Beat Michigan in Rose Bowl 17-10
  1977
Notre Dame
 
AP C FW NFF 
 
11-1
 
35.0 - 11.6 
 
3-0
 
2-0
 
4-0 
 
4-0
 
420 
 
139 
 
 
 
W
 
77-56-4   .574% 
Lost to Mississippi 20-13
Defeated Texas in Cotton Bowl 38-10
  1976
Pitt
 
AP C FW NFF
 
12-0
 
31.8 - 11.1 
 
1-0 
 
1-0
 
3-0 
 
2-0 
 
381 
 
133 
 
 
 
W
 
63-69-2   .478% 
Closest game 24-16 vs W. Virginia
Defeated Georgia in Sugar Bowl 27-3
  1975
Oklahoma

AP C FW NFF
 
11-1
 
28.7 - 12.8
 
3-0
 
3-0
 
7-0
 
5-0
 
344
 
154 
 
353
 
255
 
 
77-58-2   .569% 
Lost to Kansas 23-3
Defeated Michigan in Orange Bowl 14-6
  1974
Oklahoma
S. Cal
 
AP
C FW NFF
 
11-0
10-1-1
 
43.0 - 8.4
 30.2 - 11.8
 
1-0
3-0
 
1-0
2-0
 
2-0
4-1
 
3-0 
2-0
 
473
363
 
92
142

508 
 
232
 
none
W
 
65-60-0   .520%
66-62-6   .515% 
USC lost  Ark. 22-7, Tied Cal, OU beat Texas 16-13
 OU was on probation - ineligible for C Poll or bowl 
 Beat Ohio St in Rose Bowl 18-17
1973
NotreDame
Alabama
 
AP FW NFF
C
 
11-0
11-1
 
 34.7 - 8.1 
39.8 - 9.4
 
2-0
2-1
 
2-0
0-1
 
3-0
2-1
 
2-0
3-1
 
382
477
 
89
113
   
 
W
L
 
60-60-2   .500%
73-61-3   .544%

ND closest game 14-10 vs Michigan State
ND Beat Alabama 24-23 in Sugar Bowl 
  1972
S. Cal
 
NFF AP C FW 
 
12-0
 
38.9 - 11.2
 
3-0 
 
1-0
 
6-0
 
4-0
 
467
 
134 
   
 
 
69-62-1   .527% 
USC closest game 30-21 Stanford-only 1 under 17
Defeated Ohio State in Rose Bowl 42-17
  1971
Nebraska
 
NFF  AP C FW
 
  13-0
 
39.0 - 8.0
 
3-0
 
3-0
 
3-0
 
4-0
 
507
 
104
 
 430
 
 210
 
W

83-63-1   .568%
Beat # 2-3-4 teams in final AP poll, close-OU 35-31
 Beat Alabama in Orange Bowl 38-6
  1970
Nebraska
Ohio St.
Texas
 
NFF*  AP FW
NFF *
C NFF*
 
11-0-1
9-1
10-1
 
 35.5 - 15.8
 29.0 - 12.0 
38.5 - 13.5
 
1-0-1
 1-1 
1-1
 
1-0
1-1
0-1
 
3-0-1
 2-1 
3-1
 
3-0-1
1-1
2-1
 
426
 290 
423
 
189
 120 
149
 
 411

 468
 
 304

 282
 
  W
  L
  L
 
63-66-4   .489%
50-52-2   .490%
64-56-2   .533%

Defeated LSU in Orange Bowl 17-12, T- USC 21-21
 Lost to Stanford in Rose Bowl 27-17
 Lost to Notre Dame in Cotton Bowl 24-11
 * USC was stripped of BCS title for 2004.