Skip to comments.The 50 best college football programs over 150 years
Posted on 08/25/2019 4:50:20 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper
Several months ago, our Stats & Information Group was presented with a huge challenge: to rank the top programs in college football history.
Our goal: Honor the accomplishments of teams across 150 seasons and all divisions, while rewarding successful programs at the highest level in the sport's most competitive era.
Teams should be judged by winning games and winning championships, since those records exist all the way back to the early years. While some early game outcomes are even disputed between teams, national titles are subject to far greater debate. Fortunately, the NCAA decided that issue for us with its official list of major-college champions.
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I think this article is bias and uses a contrived point system to arrive at it’s biased opinions. The metric that counts is what teams won the most games, not a point system. Here they are:
911 Ohio State
Pretty well thought through list since it gives props to all Divisions
But also glad to see the Chippewas make the list. Fire up Chips!
I agree with #1 and #2, but the rest is very debatable.
2) Notre Dame
5) Ohio State
9) Penn State
10) A tie between Florida and Florida State
The Volunteers have won 6 national titles, not two, in 1938, 1940, 1950, 1951, 1967, 1998. The last one was a year after Peyton Manning graduated.
They apparently decided to use AP national champions.
Tennessee has won six national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors.:112115 Tennessee claims all six national championships. The Associated Press has acknowledged Tennessee as National Champions twice, but the #1 Vols lost in the Sugar Bowl in 1951 after being named AP and UPI National Champions due to the polls being conducted before the bowl season prior to 1968 and 1974 respectively. The 1938 and 1950 championships, while not AP titles, were recognized by a majority and a plurality of overall selectors/polls, respectively. Tennessee has also been awarded national championships by various organizations in eight additional years of 1914 1927, 1928, 1931, 1939, 1956, 1985, and 1989, though the school claims none.
Where’s my team? The University of Chicago Maroons won the Big 10 in 1899 (12-0-2, baby!) and six more conference titles spanning a quarter century. We also had the FIRST Heisman winner in Jay Berwanger (he went on to be a dentist).
Ara Parseghian (Northwestern, Notre Dame)
Bud Wilkinson (Oklahoma)
Bear Bryant (Alabama)
Forest Evashevski (Iowa)
Woody Hayes (Ohio State)
Bill Osborne (Nebraska)
Darrell Royal (Texas)
Joe Paterno (Penn State)
Eddie Robinson (Grambling)
Duffy Daugherty (Michigan State)
John McKay (Southern California)
Partial list for sure.
A tough task to try this ranking, I mean back in the day the Ivy League and schools such as Fordham, Tulane, and even Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) and Army and Navy were powerhouses, before being eclipsed by what became today’s traditional powers from the Big Ten and the SEC, to name a couple conferences. And I didn’t even mention the Golden Domers...
What a great list of coaches. They all bring back memories for me.
UT Longhorns might win games but UT and Austin is too over the top lib. Ex-president Powell said they’d have to shut down the football program if UT had to abide by the Legislature’s ruling that state universities must automatically admit the top 10% of TX high school graduates. Powers claimed admitting so many smart kids they wouldn’t be able to accommodate the 100 member team out of the 50k enrollment. What a bunch of cow patties.
Never mind the ruling was solely due to UT discriminating against white students. Oh, NOOOOOO! Can’t lose the Longhorns!!!!!! (/s) so the Legislature spent more months and tax dollars to change the rule so precious UT would only be limited to admitting 8% while every other state university had to abide with the original ruling despite no other university had been part of the lawsuit. Upside down ridiculousness.
53.1 | 3 national titles
From 1904 through 1966, Georgia Tech employed only three coaches, each of whom won at least 100 games and ended up in the College Football Hall of Fame. After John Heisman, Bill Alexander and Bobby Dodd, which is also after Tech left the SEC in 1964, the Ramblin' Wreck's fortunes have been more wreck than ramblin'. Bobby Ross won a share of the 1990 national title, and under George O'Leary, Georgia Tech made Florida State sweat to win the ACC in the late 1990s. Now it's Geoff Collins' turn to live up to a storied legacy.
Yes, the days of Bobby Dodd - and even Bobby Ross - are long gone. But, a new coach this season and no more of the Triple Option, which, while good for a bunch of wins, was ultimately limiting.
GO TECH! THWG!
The tea sippers...
Lots of nostalgia there. True American leaders of men.
Bama. As of recently No one is even close
Where’s Slippery Rock?
Bama will bump Yale this year probably. I’m not sure Yale even plays on this level anymore.
Where Texas screwed up is not hiring Saban when they had to chance. But, then Dodds made some REAL BAD coach hires too.
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