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National Championship Criterion

I believe the two major polls that have been in place (AP Poll since 1936 and Coaches Poll since 1950) plus the BCS are the undisputed sources for the National Championship selections.  Teams selected by these organizations will be awarded 50 points for National Championships in the Rankings.  Other National Championships will be awarded from the following selectors:

College Football Researchers Association (1919-1935)

Helms Athletic Foundation (1883-1935)

National Championship Foundation (1869-1935)

Football Writers Association of America (1954-Current)

National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame (1959-Current)

In general will use what the schools claim prior to 1936 and will use most of what the schools claim from 1936 and on.  15 points will be used in the Rankings for National Championships from this list from 1900 and on.

The problem with just using what the schools claim is the inconsistencies in the criterion used between the schools. 

The Rankings will be updated after the 2009 season to reflect this modified criterion.

What Teams Claim

The below list is what I believe each school claims for National Championships:

Seasons hi-lited in red will not be recognized as National Champions by this site

Teams

No.

Seasons Claimed

Alabama

14

1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011

Arkansas

1

1964

Army (NY)

3

1944, 1945, 1946

Auburn (AL)

6

1913, 1957, 1983, 1993, 2004, 2010

Boston College (MA)

1

1940

Brigham Young (UT)

1

1984

California

2

1921, 1937

Chicago (IL)

1

1905

Clemson (SC)

1

1981

Colorado

1

1990

Cornell (NY)

1

1915

Dartmouth (NH)

1

1925

Florida

3

1996, 2006, 2008

Florida St.

2

1993, 1999

Georgia

2

1942, 1980

Georgia Tech

4

1917, 1928, 1952, 1990

Harvard (MA)

7

1890, 1898, 1899, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1919

Illinois

4

1914, 1919, 1923, 1927

Iowa

1

1958

Lafayette (PA)

3

1896, 1921, 1926

Louisiana St.

4

1908, 1958, 2003, 2007

Maryland

1

1953

Miami (FL)

5

1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001

Michigan

11

1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918, 1923, 1932, 1933, 1947, 1948, 1997

Michigan St.

6

1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965, 1966

Minnesota

6

1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960

Mississippi

3

1959, 1960, 1962

Nebraska

5

1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997

Notre Dame (IN)

11

1924, 1929, 1930, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988

Ohio St.

7

1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002

Oklahoma

7

1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000

Penn St.

2

1982, 1986

Pennsylvania

7

1894, 1895, 1897, 1904, 1907, 1908, 1924

Pittsburgh (PA)

9

1915, 1916, 1918, 1929, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1976

Princeton (NJ)

28

1869, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1884, 1885, 1886, 1889, 1893, 1894, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1906, 1911, 1920, 1922, 1933, 1935, 1950

Southern California

11

1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, 2004

Southern Methodist (TX)

1

1935

Syracuse (NY)

1

1959

Tennessee

6

1938, 1940, 1950, 1951, 1967, 1998

Texas

4

1963, 1969, 1970, 2005

Texas A&M

2

1919, 1939

Texas Christian

1

1935, 1938

UCLA

1

1954

Washington

2

1960, 1991

Yale (CT)

11

1883, 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1891, 1892, 1894, 1900, 1907, 1909

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