Activities Sports & Athletics Complete List of College Football National Championship Teams Share PINTEREST Email Print Dan Thornberg / EyeEm / Getty Images Sports & Athletics Football College Football Basics Playing & Coaching Best of Football Plays & Formations Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Golf Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Tim Hyland Updated November 04, 2019 There are many polls and organizations that select college football's national championship team each year. Due to differing opinions, the final NCAA champion is sometimes not unanimously agreed upon. In 1981, with the most ever, six different teams claimed a national title. Historical Dilemma In the very first season of college football's existence, in 1869, pollsters split the national title between Rutgers and Princeton, even though Rutgers beat Princeton earlier that year. Controversies about the college football national championship have lingered ever since. Comprehensive List of National Championship Teams What follows is a comprehensive list of all the national championship teams, according to the NCAA. Listed alongside the champions are the polls or nominating bodies that awarded the title. Not all national championships are created equal. For instance, the Associated Press nominating body carries more weight than the New York Times nominating body, which was a selector from 1979 to 2004. The AP began its selection of national champions in 1936. An *asterisk denotes the consensus national champion, that is, fans would most recognize that team as the national title holder. Even the consensus title is somewhat confusing, as some seasons ended with multiple consensus national champions. 2010s Year College Nominating Body 2016 *ClemsonAlabama AP, FW, NFF, USA/AmwayCCR, CM 2015 Alabama AP, FW, NFF, USA/Amway 2014 Ohio State College Football Playoff 2013 Florida State BCS 2012 Alabama BCS 2011 Alabama BCS 2010 Auburn BCS 2000s Year College Nominating Body 2009 Alabama BCS 2008 Florida BCS 2007 LSU BCS 2006 Florida BCS 2005 Texas BCS 2004 USC/Vacated AP, FW (USC was later stripped of title due to player controversy) 2003 *LSU*USCOklahoma BCS, FACT, NFF, Seattle Times, USA/ESPNAP, NYTBerryman 2002 *Ohio StateUSC AP, BCS, FACT, FW, NFF, NYT, USA/ESPNDunkel, Matthews, Sagarin 2001 Miami (Fla.) BCS 2000 Oklahoma BCS 1990s Year College Nominating Body 1999 Florida State BCS 1998 *TennesseeOhio State SagarinBCS, AP, NYT, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, USA/ESPN 1997 *Michigan*Nebraska AP, FW, NCF, NFFFACT, NCF, NYT, USA/ESPN 1996 *FloridaFlorida State AP, FACT, FW, NFF, USA/CNNAlderson 1995 Nebraska NCF 1994 *NebraskaFlorida StatePenn State AP, FACT, FW, NCF, UPI, USA/CNN, USA/NFFDunkelFACT< NCF, NYT 1993 *Florida StateAuburnNebraskaNotre Dame AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NYT, UPI, USA/CNN, USA/CNNNCFNCFNCF 1992 *AlabamaFlorida State AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NYT, UPI/NFF, USA/CNNSagarin 1991 *Miami (Fla.)*Washington AP, NCF, NYT, FACT, FW, NCF, UPI/NFF, USA/CNN 1990 *Colorado*Georgia TechMiami (Fla.)Washington AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, USA/CNNFACT, NCF, UPIFACT, NYTFACT 1980s Year College Nominating Body 1989 *Miami (Fla.)Notre Dame AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPI, USA/CNNFACT 1988 *Notre DameMiami (Fla.) AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPI, USA/CNNBerryman 1987 *Miami (Fla.)Florida State AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPI, USA/CNNBerryman, Sagarin 1986 *Penn StateMiami (Fla.)Oklahoma AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPI, USA/CNNFACTBerryman, NYT, Sagarin 1985 *OklahomaMichigan AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPI, USA/CNNMatthews, Sagarin 1984 *Brigham YoungFloridaNebraskaWashington AP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPI, USA/CNNFACT, NYT, SagarinLitkenhousNCF 1983 *Miami (Fla.)AuburnNebraska AP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPI, USA/CNNFACT, NYTBerryman, FACT, Sagarin 1982 *Penn StateNebraskaSouthern Methodist AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPI, USA/CNNBerrymanHelms 1981 *ClemsonNebraskaPenn StatePittsburghTexasSouthern Methodist AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPINCFDunkelNCFNCFNCF 1980 *GeorgiaFlorida StateNebraskaOklahomaPittsburgh AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIFACTFACT, SagarinBillingsley, Dunkel, MatthewsFACT, NYT 1970s Year College Nominating Body 1979 *AlabamaUSC AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, NYT, UPIFootball Research 1978 *Alabama*USCOklahoma AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFFFACT, NCF, UPIFACT, Sagarin 1977 *Notre DameAlabamaArkansasTexas AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIFootball ResearchFACTBerryman, FACT 1976 *PittsburghUSC AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIBerryman, Billingsley, Devold, Dunkel, Matthews 1975 *OklahomaAlabamaArizona StateOhio State AP, FACT, NCF, NFF, UPIMatthewsNCFFACT 1974 *Oklahoma*USCOhio State AP, FACT, NCFFW, NCF, NFF, UPIMatthews 1973 *Alabama*Notre DameMichiganOhio StateOklahoma Berryman, UPIAP, FW, NCF, NFFNCFFACT, NCFBillingsley, Sagarin 1972 USC AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPI 1971 Nebraska AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPI 1970 *Nebraska*TexasArizona StateNotre DameOhio State AP, FACT, FW, NCFFACT, NFF, UPIPolingFACT, MatthewsNFF 1960s Year College Nominating Body 1969 *TexasOhio StatePenn State AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIMatthewsFACT 1968 *Ohio StateGeorgiaTexas AP, FACT, FW, NCF, NFF, UPILitkenhousDeVold, Matthews, Sagarin 1967 *USCNotre DameOklahomaTennessee AP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIDunkelPolingLitkenhous 1966 *Michigan State*Notre DameAlabama Football Research, Helms, NFF, PolingAP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIBerryman 1965 *Alabama*Michigan State AP, FW, NCFFW, NFF, UPI 1964 *Alabama*ArkansasMichiganNotre Dame AP, UPIFW, NCFDunkelNFF 1963 Texas AP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPI 1962 *USCAlabamaLSUMississippi AP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIBillingsleyBerrymanLitkenhous 1961 *Alabama*Ohio State AP, NCF, NFF, UPIFW, Poling 1960 *Minnesota*MississippiIowaMissouriWashington AP, NFF, UPIFW, NCFBerryman, Boand, Litkenhous, SagarinPolingHelms 1950s Year College Nominating Body 1959 *SyracuseMississippi AP, FW, NCF, NFF, UPIBerryman, Billingsley, Dunkel, Sagarin 1958 *LSU*Iowa AP, NCF, UPIFW 1957 *Auburn*Ohio StateMichigan StateOklahoma AP, NCFFW, UPIBillingsley, Dunkel, SagarinBerryman 1956 *OklahomaGeorgia TechIowaTennessee AP, FW, NCF, UPIBerrymanFootball ResearchSagarin 1955 *OklahomaMichigan State AP, BFW, NFC, UPIBoand 1954 *Ohio State*UCLA AP, NCFFW, NCF, UPI 1953 *MarylandNotre DameOklahoma AP, UPINCF Berryman, Football Research 1952 *Michigan StateGeorgia Tech AP, NCF, UPIBerryman, INS, Poling 1951 *TennesseeGeorgia TechIllinoisMarylandMichigan State AP, UPIBerryman, BoandBoandDeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, NCF, SagarinBillingsley, Helms, Poling 1950 *OklahomaKentuckyPrincetonTennessee AP, UPISagarinBoand, PolingBillingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, NCF 1940s Year College Nominating Body 1949 *Notre DameOklahoma AP, NCFFootball Research 1948 Michigan AP, NCF 1947 *Notre DameMichigan APFootball Research 1946 *Notre DameArmyGeorgia AP, NCFFootball ResearchWilliamson 1945 *ArmyAlabama AP, Football Research, NCFNCF 1944 *ArmyOhio State AP, NCFNCF 1943 Notre Dame AP, NCF 1942 *Ohio StateGeorgiaWisconsin AP, Football Research, NCFBerryman, DeVold, Houlgate, Litkenhous, Poling, WilliamsonHelms 1941 *MinnesotaAlabamaTexas AP, NCFHoulgateBerryman, Williamson 1940 *MinnesotaStanfordTennessee AP, NCFHelms, PolingDunkel, Williamson 1930s Year College Nominating Body 1939 *Texas A&MCornellUSC AP, NCFBillingsley, LitkenhousDickinson 1938 *TCUNotre DameTennessee AP, NCFDickinsonFootball Research 1937 *PittsburghCalifornia AP, Football Research, NCFDunkel, Helms 1936 *MinnesotaLSUPittsburgh AP, NCFWilliamsonBoand, Football Research, Houlgate 1935 *MinnesotaLSUPrincetonSouthern MethodistTCU Football Research, NCFWilliamsonDunkelDickinson, HoulgateWilliamson 1934 *MinnesotaAlabama Football Research, NCFDunkel, Houlgate, Poling, Williamson 1933 *MichiganOhio StatePrincetonUSC Football Research, NCFDunkelParke DavisWilliamson 1932 *USCColgateMichigan Football Research, NCFParke DavisDickinson, Parke Davis 1931 *USCPittsburghPurdue Football Research, NCFParke DavisParke Davis 1930 *Alabama*Notre Dame Football Research, Parke DavisNCF 1920s Year College Nominating Body 1929 *Notre DamePittsburghUSC Football Research, NCFParke DavisHoulgate 1928 *Georgia TechDetroitUSC Football Research, NCFParke DavisDickinson 1927 *Illinois*YaleGeorgia NCFFootball ResearchBoand, Poling 1926 *Alabama*StanfordLafayetteNavy Football Research, NCFNCFParke DavisBoand, Houlgate 1925 *AlabamaDartmouth Football Research, NCFDickinson, Parke Davis 1924 *Notre DamePennsylvania Football Research, NCFParke Davis 1923 *IllinoisCaliforniaMichigan Football Research, NCFHoulgateNCF 1922 *California*Cornell*PrincetonIowa NCF, HoulgateHelms, Parke DavisBoand, Football Research, NCF, Parke DavisBillingsley 1921 *California*CornellIowaLafayetteWashington & Jefferson Boand, Football ResearchNCFBillingsley, Parke DavisBoand, Parke DavisBoand 1920 *CaliforniaHarvardNotre DamePrinceton Billingsley, Football Research, NCFBoandParke DavisBoand, Parke Davis 1910s Year College Nominating Body 1919 *Harvard*Illinois*Notre Dame*Texas A&M Football Research, NCFBillingsley, Boand, Football Research, Parke DavisNCF, Parke DavisNCF 1918 *Michigan*Pittsburgh Billingsley, NCFHelms, Houlgate, NCF 1917 Georgia Tech NCF 1916 *PittsburghArmy NCFParke Davis 1915 *CornellNebraskaPittsburgh NCFBillingsleyParke Davis 1914 *ArmyIllinoisTexas NCFParke DavisBillingsley 1913 *HarvardAuburnChicago NCFBillingsleyParke Davis 1912 *Harvard*Penn State NCFNCF 1911 *Penn State*PrincetonVanderbilt NCFNCFBillingsley 1910 *Harvard*PittsburghMichigan NCFNCFBillingsley 1900s Year College Nominating Body 1909 Yale NCF 1908 *LSU*Pennsylvania NCFNCF 1907 *YalePennsylvania NCFBillingsley 1906 *PrincetonVanderbiltYale NCFBillingsleyParke Davis 1905 *ChicagoYale NCFParke Davis 1904 *Michigan*Pennsylvania NCFNCF 1903 *Michigan*Princeton NCFNCF 1902 *MichiganYale NCFParke Davis 1901 *MichiganHarvardYale NCFBillingsleyParke Davis 1900 Yale NCF 1890s Year College Nominating Body 1899 *HarvardPrinceton NCFParke Davis 1898 *HarvardPrinceton NCFParke Davis 1897 *PennsylvaniaYale NCFParke Davis 1896 *Lafayette*Princeton NCFParke Davis 1895 *PennsylvaniaYale NCFParke Davis 1894 *YalePennsylvaniaPrinceton NCFParke DavisHoulgate 1893 *PrincetonYale NCFParke Davis 1892 Yale NCF 1891 Yale NCF 1890 Harvard NCF 1880s Year College Nominating Body 1889 Princeton NCF 1888 Yale NCF 1887 Yale NCF 1886 *YalePrinceton NCFParke Davis 1885 Princeton NCF 1884 *PrincetonYale Parke DavisNCF 1883 Yale NCF 1882 Yale NCF 1881 *YalePrinceton NCFBillingsley, Parke Davis 1880 *Princeton*Yale NCFNCF 1870s Year College Nominating Body 1879 *PrincetonYale NCFParke Davis 1878 Princeton NCF 1877 *YalePrinceton NCFParke Davis 1876 Yale NCF 1875 *HarvardColgatePrinceton NCFParke DavisBillingsley, Parke Davis 1874 *YaleHarvardPrinceton NCFParke DavisBillingsley, Parke Davis 1873 Princeton NFC 1872 Princeton NFC 1871 None 1870 Princeton NFC 1869 *PrincetonRutgers NFCParke Davis Do You Know Which Team Has the Most College Football Championships? 24 Champion Golfers Who Died Tragically Young Rugby History: A Timeline What Are the Origins of Table Tennis? 100 of the Best Pop Songs of All Time NHL History From the First Games to the Original 6 How Many College Football Players Have Won the Heisman Trophy? 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