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NCAA College Football Champions

Name the schools that have won a national championship since 1950.
Use the school name, not the team name
Year corresponds to the regular season
Last updated: January 09, 2018
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Playoff Winner
2017
Alabama
2016
Clemson
2015
Alabama
2014
Ohio State
 
 
BCS Winner
2013
Florida State
2012
Alabama
2011
Alabama
2010
Auburn
2009
Alabama
2008
Florida
2007
LSU
2006
Florida
2005
Texas
2004
USC
2003
LSU
2002
Ohio State
2001
Miami
2000
Oklahoma
1999
Florida State
1998
Tennessee
AP / UPI Polls
1997
Michigan
Nebraska
1996
Florida
1995
Nebraska
1994
Nebraska
1993
Florida State
1992
Alabama
1991
Miami
1991
Washington
1990
Colorado
Georgia Tech
1989
Miami
1988
Notre Dame
1987
Miami
1986
Penn State
1985
Oklahoma
1984
BYU
1983
Miami
1982
Penn State
1981
Clemson
AP / UPI Polls
1980
Georgia
1979
Alabama
1978
Alabama
USC
1977
Notre Dame
1976
Pittsburgh
1975
Oklahoma
1974
Oklahoma
USC
1973
Alabama
Notre Dame
1972
USC
1971
Nebraska
1970
Texas
1970
Nebraska
1969
Texas
1968
Ohio State
1967
USC
1966
Notre Dame
AP / UPI Polls
1965
Alabama
Michigan State
1964
Alabama
1963
Texas
1962
USC
1961
Alabama
1960
Minnesota
1959
Syracuse
1958
LSU
1957
Auburn
Ohio State
1956
Oklahoma
1955
Oklahoma
1954
Ohio State
UCLA
1953
Maryland
1952
Michigan State
1951
Tennessee
1950
Oklahoma
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level 35
Jan 8, 2013
SEC with 7 in a row, 9 of 15 and 11 of 15 from the southern states. WOW!
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level 21
Jan 8, 2013
Miami should have beaten Ohio State in 2002
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level 53
Jan 9, 2013
Amen to that.
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level 28
Feb 2, 2013
yeah too bad that didn't happen
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level 54
Jun 18, 2014
But they didn't. Go Bucks!
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level 47
Sep 22, 2018
YEAH
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level 49
Jan 14, 2015
not really. It went to OT Miami failed to win.. Stop whining hater
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level 17
Mar 16, 2015
i totally agree miami couldnt get it done when it mattered most O-H-I-O
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level 43
Jul 25, 2015
It shouldn't have gone to OT anyway. That was a BS penalty
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level 51
Dec 12, 2015
You're right. Shouldn't have gone to OT. Go back and watch Chris Gamble's catch that was ruled incomplete on 3rd down. If instant replay had existed, the game would have never gone to OT. OSU would have won in regulation. Miami fans love the cite the flag in OT yet they always fail to mention the refs missing the call on the Gamble play.
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level 35
Jun 6, 2016
I hate when people say Miami should have won. They failed in OT. Osu deserves that one
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level 40
Feb 1, 2013
got em all with 1:48 left. Took me a while
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level 26
Mar 1, 2013
It's easy to recruit to the southern states with nice weather, beaches, etc... these recruiters know that "kids" want to have a good time and frankly, thats what most of these kids want. It also helps that the SEC has the best recruiters too. Most of the top 100 recruiters are in southern/coastal areas.... where recruiting is thriving. It all ebs and flows though. Back in the day, the Big 8 was the beast of the nation with teams like Oklahoma and Nebraska owning everyone, it used to be even joked about that the Nebraska/Oklahoma game would decide things. It was only a little over 15 years ago that the Big 8 has 4 top ten teams at seasons end... with only 8 teams in the conference mind you. Every AQ conference has their time... this is the SECs time.
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level 80
Mar 7, 2013
Yeah, Tuscaloosa and Auburn, Alabama are really known for their beaches. You'll often see students walking around campus with surfboards.
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level 22
Oct 22, 2014
Still not better then Florida!
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level 55
Jun 27, 2013
its because the south breeds the best players because they are all football crazy down there and every premier athlete from the south wants to play football over basketball, baseball and everything else
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level 64
Jan 8, 2014
You're absolutely right. There aren't better and more athletes in the south, they're just much more concentrated in football. Whereas in the Midwest, West Coast and New England, there is much more diversity in the sports that kids play. That's why Big Ten and Pac12 schools can support 25-30 athletic teams (Ohio State has 37) while SEC schools only have 15-20.
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level 53
Jan 12, 2018
What, we're not allowed to like the sports we like? Football is fun and exciting. Baseball is...ugh. Basketball is somewhere in the middle. It's just that we like football. Southern people don't complain about western teams (and Miami) dominating the NBA because 'they're all basketball crazy'. Grow up.
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level 74
Jan 8, 2014
It also helps that the SEC allows schools to recruit more players than they have scholarships for....something not allowed by other conferences because it's unfair to the student athletes.
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level 78
Jan 8, 2014
Our long national nightmare is finally over.
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level 58
Jan 9, 2014
Amen brother.
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level 33
Jan 8, 2014
I'm proud of the way the boys played Monday night. We had it, then lost it, but thank you for a great season. I'll be an Auburn fan through thick and thin, til the day I die. Congrats to FSU, but WAR D*** EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 66
Jan 15, 2015
Jet Punk needs an official quiz like this for FCS football championships. I made one, but it's not official. If you want to try it, it's here: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-preview/83558/1039926 Sorry if there isn't a hyperlink, I don't know how to make them work. :D
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level 80
Jan 15, 2015
Got them all, but was scratching my head over the fact that I had 25/27 with under a minute to go and there were still more than a dozen blank spaces. I was smacking myself after remember the last two - Notre Dame and Alabama. LOL
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level 74
Feb 2, 2015
Why was Louisiana State not accepted? I even tried Louisiana State U. No idea why I didn't simply type LSU, but it seems to me that either should have been accepted.
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level ∞
Feb 3, 2015
It was supposed to work. It will now. Probably no one complained before because it's easy to just type LSU.
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level 45
Aug 27, 2015
Illinois won the 1951 National title, per Boand.
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level 54
Jun 20, 2016
Buckeyes also won a share of the title in 1970 and 1961 (NFF and FWAA respectively). I understand you're only showing AP/Coaches, so I'm not trying to correct you; just letting everyone know the Buckeyes have 8 National Titles.
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level 51
Jun 22, 2016
Nebraska has 9 undefeated seasons and can lay claim to 11 national titles, but we only claim the five actual titles because we know better. Looking at you, 'Tide & Irish, with your 900 claimed titles from the National Enquirer and Cheerios boxes.
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level 70
Sep 25, 2016
And Nebraska SHOULD have 6, except Irving Fryar accepted $10,000 to throw the 1984 Orange Bowl. Before Jeff Smith ran for the TD with less than 1:00 remaining to make it 31-30, watch Fryar deliberately drop a wide open TD pass. He pulls his left hand away to allow the ball to drop. Then notice his delayed reaction feigning disappointment in the back of the end zone. Also, on the game-deciding 2-point conversion, watch the Miami LB (#54?) over the center. When defending the option, the one thing you don't do is guess. You have reads that dictate how you react defensively. Yet that Miami LB "reacts" a split second before the ball is even snapped. The reason he did this is because Fryar had deliberately tipped off that the play was going to the right, which effectively cut the field in half for the Miami defense.
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level ∞
Jan 10, 2017
Four and a half. Would have loved to see Michigan play Nebraska for the title in 1997.
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level 39
Feb 14, 2017
Very glad for a playoff system. I hope it expands. We finally have a real way of determining a champion. I think Penn State fans claim something like 45 championships.
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level 17
Mar 24, 2017
Kind of surprised I finished with 3:19 to go Go Sooners!
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level 17
Mar 25, 2017
Ohio State and Alabama are the Legendary teams. They have won for decades.
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level 47
Apr 20, 2017
Explain how Michigan has the most wins in history out of the current FBS teams and Ohio State is SIXTH. If you only pick two teams, yes Alabama because they are number two, but they are closer to third (Notre Dame) than they are to first (Michigan). Go blue! (Info collected from All-Time NCAA College Football Wins quiz here on Jetpunk)
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level 44
Jan 12, 2018
That's because the state up north had most of the 'championship' wins prior to 1950....and most of the them were back when there were like 4 college football teams haha! GO BUCKS!!!!
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level 47
Dec 10, 2017
The 2004 BCS Championship was vacated in 2011 after the NCAA investigation of USC. I believe this quiz should reflect that.
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level 68
Jan 12, 2018
I made the mistake of typing Brigham Young instead of just BYU.
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level 47
Apr 9, 2018
I did the same thing. BYU was the only one I "missed".
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level 58
Jan 12, 2018
I think you misspelled "University of Central Florida" for 2017
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level 52
Jan 12, 2018
You should accept UCF for 2017.
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level 77
Jan 12, 2018
At the least, UCF deserves a co-listing, like the split poll years of 1990 and 1973. https://www.si.com/college-football/2018/01/11/ucf-national-champions-undefeated-season-banner-celebration
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level 44
Feb 14, 2018
The cheese champion in this quiz has to be the 1984 Brigham Young team. They were considered a mid-major and not worthy of a major bowl. They got to play a tepid 6-5 Michigan team in their minor bowl. Then they were crowned champions because they were the only undefeated team left. I am sure BYU had a good squad, but it would have been nice to see them play a top team in a major bowl.
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level 53
May 11, 2018
So, uh, what's the source? And why does this only go back to 1950?
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level 58
Jul 25, 2018
Got them all but Maryland in 1953. Interesting it's only 27 different teams who have won.