Skip to comments.Alabama Ties Notre Dame With Most National Titles In Poll Era
Posted on 01/10/2012 7:27:09 AM PST by blam
Alabama Ties Notre Dame With Most National Titles In Poll Era
Jan. 10, 2012, 9:43 AM
If you want another reason why the poll system in college football is absurd, just try to figure out how many national championships Alabama has after winning last night's BCS Championship game. Alabama claims it is their 14th national title. But according to the NCAA, Alabama has actually been recognized with 18 titles.
The problem, of course, is that the NCAA does not have a system to determine the national champion on the field. Even with the BCS system, the NCAA still officially recognizes the champions of nine different polls and computer formulas each year (in most years, those sources are unanimous, but not always).
To simplify things, let's look at the schools with the most national titles in the poll era (1936-2011) as recognized by the so-called major polls (via Sports-Reference.com)...
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Alabama has a population smaller than metro Houston, Texas.
BTW, Auburn, another Alabama school, was world champs last year too.
The nine national championships for Alabama recognized in that graph have all been since 1961. Nine in 50 years.
When did they beat the Packers?
The Packers are NFL, professional...not college.
I know, I was just gently needling you because you said they were world champions not collegiate champions. Congrats to Alabama for an excellent season.
The major reason for the BCS business - and the insane proliferation of bowl games - is to improve the bottom lines of the athletic departments and the TV networks.
The BCS is a fraud and a bad product. Not worth watching.
Judging from interviews, the QB for Alabama comes across as a courteous and modest young man.
When did the Tide or the Packers play anybody not based in this nation to become “world” champs? ;)
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
In 2003, Oklahoma lost the Big XII Championship game, yet still got to play in the BCS championship, much to the chagrin of the 1-loss USC Trojans that year (which probably would have been vacated due to Reggie Bush).
The most boring national championship game ever.
Unless you are a die-hard SEC fan, last night's game sucked.
Kirby Smart, the Bama D coach, credited tips he got from the New Orleans Saints defensive staff for his teams’ success in stopping the other Louisiana team. Classic.
What percentage of Bama starters actually played their high school ball in
AL? Just curious.
The BCS champion is kind of like global warming. You get a bunch of experts in the industry to proclaim that it is true and you impugn others for not agreeing. Never mind having to plan an actual tournament to determine a champion, just say it’s so.
The Football Game That Broke Racial Barriers: 1970 USC v. Alabama game--credited with fully integrating the SEC..
NOW get ready for my alma mater, USC to gather their 8th championship next season with future Heisman winner, Matt Barkley, our version of Tim Tebow at the helm.
Fight on! : )
Arkansas should be recognized as the 1964 National Champion, not Alabama. Arkansas finished the season unbeaten, while Bama lost to Texas in their bowl game. But then the final AP Poll was taken before the bowl games.
I really cannot believe Miles let Jefferson play the entire game, instead of putting Lee in, asinine!
Kirby also said that he didn’t know what LSU was trying to do on offense and that it appeared that LSU didn’t know either. He seemed to be saying that LSU changed their offense for the game but did a terrible job executing the changes. It could not have helped that the LSU team set a curfew that they did not enforce. They had at least one key player out partying at all hours. That key player spent a lot of time on the ground, btw.
I asked my hubby to calculate the Bama starters from Alabama question. I’ll post when he lets me know. He is at work. It might be a while. lol Of the four players that some ESPN expert dude predicted would go in the first round of the NFL draft, 75% are from Bama. Trent Richardson would be the exception. He’s from Pensacola, which is just a step over the border.
31.8% of last night’s Bama starters are from out of state. Interestingly, this year’s freshman class at Bama has more out of state students than in state.
OK. I have to change my calculations. 7/21 starters for Bama are from Alabama. One player is listed as starting for offense and defense. So it’s 33.3% are from out of state.
For LSU, 27.27% starters are from out of state.
If 7 of 21 starters are from Alabama, wouldn't that make 66.6% from out of state?
I think Miles didn’t want to bench Jefferson in his last game. Also, Lee pretty much sucks. Alabama has eaten his lunch the past few years.
The Alabama D-line overwhelmed the LSU O-line on every play. There was nowhere to run, and Jefferson had no time in the pocket.
Bama was dominant. And I’m an LSU fan.
Oops. 7/21 are from out of state. Brain glitch. hah
While we’re talkin’ numbers, if you take Alabama’s total offense and subtract Jordan Jefferson’s run/pass totals, you get 316.
Some of those starters who are from out of state have ties to Alabama. Barrett Jones’ parents attended Alabama. Donte Hightower is from TN, but he has family in Alabama.
I’m just happy Jordan Jenkins changed his mind and decided to stay at home.
Not sure where you got those statistics and cannot dispute the very oldest ones. But I was a student at Ohio State between 1972 and 1976, and while our class went to four straight Rose Bowls (lost 3), were undefeated by that Team Up North (3/0/1), were ranked No. 1 for most of three of those seasons, and I was a classmate of the only two time Heisman winner, we ended up the season ranked no. 1 exactly zero times. Great teams but NO national championships, zilch, nada, didn’t happen.
Sometimes you have to change things up just for the heck of it, whether Lee’s past history against Bama was good or not.
My husband was talking about JJenkins last night and his decision to go to UGA. I’m not really into all the recruiting craziness. Choosing the “right” college is not easy for regular students, and I can only imagine the pressure for star athletes. Hopefully, the star athletes will end up in the best place for them and will excel in the classroom as well as on the field.
Yeah, I mean it’s not like Lee could’ve played any worse than Jefferson.
I think, for Miles, it came down to loyalty. Dance with the one who brung ya. Not saying it was the right decision. Frankly, trying to figure out Les Miles is a fool’s errand. He’s quirky.
Besides, it was pretty clear by halftime that LSU had no chance on offense. Their best bet was going to be to shore up the defense, and hope the Honey Badger could make a big play for them.
Instead, the Bama offense kept finding ways to move the ball, and they swarmed Mathieu on his only punt return.
Must’ve been real painful watching that after seeing what Matt Flynn did against the Lions.
26% of the state is Black. Some counties in Alabama are almost 100% Black.
Paying your players sure worked out for ya pretty good.
Fortunately, I’m not a die-hard LSU fan. I root for them because I have in-laws from Baton Rouge, and watching games with them growing up in Dallas was crazy fun.
Also, I thought Jessica Lange was smokin’ hot in “Everybody’s All American”, which took place at LSU.
I’m basically a superficial fan. I actually rooted for the Gators when Tebow was there. I live in LA now, so I root for USC occasionally. I didn’t go to college, so I have no alma mater. I can be flaky when it comes to college.
I reckon the state of Alabama should be considered a “football power”. Outsiders just don’t understand how it is here in Bama. To those that were bored, sorry. That’s just how we play down here. Steady as she goes.
That's because he's a Mobile Boy and was raised right.
I took it off of the site linked to the article. There were many polls at the time with some disagreeing with others so mythical national titles were shared. According to the stats, Oklahoma, Ohio Stare, and Alabama shared the title in 1975.
IIRC, we were ranked no. 1 for almost the entire 1975 season (why not, we were undefeated and had Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson as a one-two punch in the backfield) and then got beat by UCLA in the Rose Bowl (after murdering them out in the Coliseum during the regular season) and finished 11-1. The National Championship was completely mythical back then (even more so than now with the BCS) but I don’t think we ever actually finished no. 1 in any polls that were considered “real”. But by G*d we had some really good teams!
OOPS Make that the curse of the Obamabino :-)
Alabama actually has 14 National Championships. You can find this years’ National Championship Trophies (i.e. AP and BCS) at Bama’s Bryant Museum.
This site is pure baloney. It counts any fly-by-night organization’s naming of a champion as the champion for a given year. For example, Notre Dame did not win the Title in 1993 and Michigan did not win the title in 1985. I could go on...
The University's official count is 14 - the most of modern day powers. This leaves out the tons of NCs won by Yale and others before 1900.
I was fortunate to witness the only head to head National championship game the 1973 Sugar Bowl.
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