INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL RESEARCHERS ASSOCIATION ™
The College Football Historian ™
ISSN: 1526-233x Vol. 1...No. 9 Established: Jan. 2008
Tex Noel, Editor (email@example.com)
In Search of a National as the inaugural national
champion? As you can see,
things are not always as simple
as they seem.
By Richard Billingsley
The popularity of college football
The sophisticated game of college spread widely in the early 1900’s.
football we know today scarcely What began in 1869 with two
resembles that first game played teams grew to almost 90 major
in 1869. Those games were teams by 1920. The NCAA was
brutal by some accounts, and founded in 1906 to regulate the
one dimensional by today’s sport and points for scores, size
standards. In the early years of field, and penalties etc were all
teams just lined up and used standardized by 1912. But the
brute strength to move the ball NCAA failed to address the one
forward. Today we have complex issue that burned in the hearts
offensive and defensive schemes and minds of players, alumni,
that make the mental part of the and fans of all ages…the
game just as important as the question of “who is #1”. Perhaps
physical. But the simplicity of the if they had addressed it 130
game in the pioneer era of the years ago we would not have the
sport was not without controversy we have today.
controversy. Instead we have a plethora of
Like determining a national polls and ranking systems which
champion for instance. don’t always agree.
In 1869 there were two games The History of Polls
played, Rutgers beat Princeton 6- The first widely recognized
4 and in a rematch Princeton college football poll did not
beat Rutgers 8-0. So, who do you originate until 1926. It was a
think should have been crowned mathematical rating system
The College Football Historian-2- developed by Frank Dickinson, a
professor of economics at the
University of Illinois. Later, an on from the Golden Dome to the
onslaught of pollsters came onto Tiger Den, from the Coliseum to
the scene, all prepared to crown the Swamp, from Happy Valley to
college football’s best. The list Death Valley, and everywhere in
was staggering; 1927 Deke between. Eventually everyone got
Houlgate; 1929, Dick Dunkel; in on the action, from the New
1930, William Boand; 1932 Paul York Times, Football News,
Williamson; 1934 Edward Sports Illustrated, Sporting
Litkenhouse; and in 1935, News, Sears, and McDonalds.
Richard Poling. Mathematical Heck fire, there are more polls
systems were considered to be than bowls and God knows we’ve
the “norm” for determining got more than we need of both.
national championships in those Over the years there have been
days. But all of that changed in many fine rating systems
1936 when the Associated Press developed, and with the advent of
(AP) began publishing a poll the internet you may easily
voted on by a national board of access all of them simply by
sportswriters and broadcasters. clicking a button. Check out
Because of their national David Wilson’s Library of College
distribution, the AP poll instantly Football Polls at:
became gospel. The United Press
International (UPI) joined the
hoopla in 1950. Their theory I
suppose was that coaches know This past summer college football
more about football than writers lost a great pollster, historian
and broadcasters. and wonderful human being.
Herman Matthews died on
It was bound to happen sooner
August 22, 2008 at his home in
or later, but it wasn’t until 1954
Middlesboro, Kentucky. Herman
that the AP and UPI disagreed on
was part of the BCS from 1999-
who the national champion
2001, but politely resigned as the
should be. The AP chose Ohio
BCS moved towards a no margin
State and the UPI favored UCLA.
of victory status. The Matthews
Both teams were undefeated as
Grid Ratings were a staple in
was Oklahoma. Ever since that
college football from 1966-2007.
fateful day when the two “biggies”
couldn’t agree, the controversy of He appeared regularly in the
“Who’s Number One” has raged Football News and later provided
The College Football Historian-3-
He was a good friend and will be
rankings for the Scripps-Howard greatly missed.
* * * Paul Hornung of Notre Dame,
who Maisel had in the number
Jay Langhammer two slot. Among Heisman
reviews… winners in his overrated top ten
were George Rogers, Tim Brown,
The Maisel Report (Triumph Gino Torretta, Andre Ware and
Books), written by Ivan Maisel, Tim Tebow. Moving next to the
reviews college football's most national champions
overrated & underrated players, category, Maisel went with the
coaches, teams and traditions. 1966 Notre Dame team as most
overrated and the 2003 USC
Since 1987, he has covered team as the most underrated
college football for Sports champion. He also covers the
Illustrated, Newsday, the Dallas most overrated/underrated
Morning News and ESPN.com moments, coaches, stadiums &
(over the last six years). The campuses plus traditions, fight
book's format is similar to songs and mascots. One of the
baseball and pro football books most interesting categories was
done recently by Jayson Stark his selection of the most
and Sal Paolantonio, which also overrated and underrated players
address the overrated & from the 19 winningest college
underrated issues. programs (plus Army, for
Maisel's first few chapters focus
on school football programs, Maisel's 240 page book is very
conferences and rivalries. Next well researched and covers as
comes his review of overrated & many as 10 selections in a
underrated Heisman Trophy number of categories. I was
winners. His most overrated surprised at how many of his
Heisman pick was Charles choices I agreed with. The Maisel
Woodson of Michigan (instead of Report is available at all major
Tennessee's Peyton Manning). My bookstores and online.
personal pick would have been
Used by permission of Eye Witness to
* * * History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com.
College Football, 1884 Major college football is big
business. Each autumn weekend
millions of fans pack stadiums
Springfield College (Mass.). In
The College Football Historian-4- 1892 he became athletic director
and football coach at the
around the country to root for University of Chicago, remaining
their favorite team. Millions more there for the next 41 years. His
watch on television. A major age forced him to retire, but he
college football program, such as was not done coaching. In 1933
Ohio State, Notre Dame or Texas, he became a coach at the College
generates big bucks - an average of the Pacific and left that post in
of over 29 million dollars 1947 at the age of 85. But wait,
annually with some topping 50 he's not done yet, for in that
million dollars a year. same year he becomes an
assistant coach at Susquehanna
It all started shortly after the University (Pa.) and does not go
Civil War when students at a few into final retirement until 1952
eastern colleges combined at the age of 90.
elements from rugby and soccer
to make a new game they called During his long career, Coach
football. Students at Princeton Stagg helped codify the rules of
led the way in 1867 by football and introduced several
establishing the first rules for the innovative plays such as the
game. The first intercollegiate lateral pass and the man in
game was played in 1869 motion. He was elected to the
between Princeton and Rutgers. Football Hall of Fame as a player
The game was taken up by the and a coach in its inaugural
Ivy League schools and by 1873 year.
an agreed upon set of rules was
established. Football was on its "There were no coaches, trainers,
way to becoming the dominate rubbers, or even a water boy."
Amos Stagg published his
Amos Alonzo Stagg contributed memoirs of early football in 1927.
much to the development of the We join his story after his
sport and remains a football admission to Yale:
legend. He entered Yale in 1884
as a divinity student which "The recruiting officers already
qualified him for a reduction in were at work, it will be seen, and
tuition from $50.00 to $39.80 per not always so unobjectionably,
semester. He was a natural apparently, for in 1881 the
athlete whose skill on the intercollegiate convention had
baseball diamond was a major agreed to bar players whose
factor in his admission. college expenses were paid.
He joined the fledgling football Months before, I had written
team and after graduation in President Noah Porter, of Yale,
1888 became football coach at and in due time he had answered
football team, but the captain
The College Football Historian-5- still was a captain, not a coach's
foreman. He chose the team, ran
it, and was not always above
me personally in his own hand. playing favorites.
'To good scholars the college has
given from the Ellsworth Fund Once elected, he was answerable
$175 a year,' President Porter to no one. Walter Camp was in
wrote. 'Beyond this the college, business in New Haven and
as such, can do little or nothing; interested in the team, of course.
but opportunities for self-help Once under Camp's captaincy
present themselves and are soon the Yale squad came near
discovered by those who keep dissolving in mid-season over a
their eyes open to discern them.' quarrel between the forwards and
the backs. Camp and his fellow
I arrived at Yale in September, backs favored the newer running
1884, and turned out for the mass style of play. The rush line
squad. The college bought its was unanimous naturally for the
first athletic field that year old open, kicking, passing,
...Paying good money for a individual running game in
playground caused talk and which they could be as
revived faculty criticism of the spectacular as the backs.
attention being given to athletics.
Camp was particularly fearful of
Prof. E. L. Richards, who a muddy field for the
promoted the present Yale gym, Thanksgiving Day game with
dug into the records on his own Princeton, with Eaton and Fred
initiative, proved that disciplinary Remington, heavy ends, and
cases had decreased sharply and insisted on drilling the line in
progressively since 1875, and mass formations. The line
silenced the conservatives. revolted. That night Camp
summoned the squad to his room
The old gym was a primitive in Durfee Hall, told them that the
thing where freshmen were responsibility was his, that he
marshaled in street dress and either would run the team or get
forced to swing Indian clubs and off, resigned and left the room.
dumbbells. No bath followed and Ten minutes of heated debate
the drill probably did as much followed. The rush line was as
harm as good. One of the joys of little convinced as ever, but so
growing to sophomore stature disturbed at the threatened loss
was escaping the gym... of Camp's leadership that they
coaxed him back. Camp led the
There were no coaches, trainers, eleven against Princeton and
rubbers, or even a water boy. won, but Yale played the old
Occasional graduated players open game.
were drifting back to advise the
In those years at Princeton the
The College Football Historian-6- team customarily practiced at
noon and jog-trotted half a mile
to a mile at sundown. A full
Camp resigned another time. three-quarters of-an-hour period
There were no training rules or of continuous playing against the
training table, but the squad had scrubs was Yale's daily practice,
pledged themselves not to leave and injuries were disregarded.
the campus for ten days before There was no freshman rule, but
the Princeton game, and to be in no particular attempt was made
bed by eleven each night. to interest the incoming class.
Two or three dependable
Catching Johnny Moorehead substitutes were all that a team
sneaking back from the theater thought of needing. The
one night late, Camp called every freshman who made the varsity
man out of bed and quit on the was either a natural player or
spot. Moorehead offered his own had played in prep school. The
resignation instead, and Camp bulk of the newcomers never had
reconsidered. As Moorehead seen the game. If they turned
played in the Princeton game, he out, they were expected to teach
seems to have been restored to themselves." "
At Princeton as early as 1879 the Amos Stagg's account appears in:
students had so criticized the Stagg, Amos Alonzo, Touchdown!
football squad for smoking that (1927); Hill, Dean, Football thru
the players gradually gave up the Years (1940).
tobacco during the season.
I Champ from 1970-1996, 1976
* * * Texas A&I, but lost 28-34. 1976
Texas A&I continued to advance
WHICH TEAM IS THE in the Champions Round. This
issue will feature NCAA Division
BEST? I-AA teams from 1978 through
NCAA DIVISION I-AA 2007. As I stated previously, I
(1978-2007) am using Tex Noel’s rankings to
pair these champions, with the
By Patrick M. Premo proviso that no individual school
is represented more than once in
In the previous issue, we saw each tournament.
1969 North Dakota St. capture
the College Division (1958-1974) THE FIELD:
all-time best crown. 1969 North
Dakota St. then battled the NAIA 1. 1996 Marshall
16. 1988 Furman
2003 Delaware 48-41. 2006
Appalachian St. had little trouble
The College Football Historian-7- with 2002 Western Kentucky,
winning 31-21. 1995 Montana
had a very close game with 2004
9. 1994 Youngstown St. James Madison, but eked out a
8. 1981 Idaho St. 42-37 win. 1987 NE Louisiana
could not stop 1978 Florida
12. 1984 Montana St. A&M, but gave them a tough
5. 2003 Delaware game before losing 38-41. 1982
Eastern Kentucky defeated 1983
13. 2002 Western Kentucky Southern Illinois, 42-35, by
4. 2006 Applachian St. scoring a late touchdown to win
in a slight upset. The first major
3. 1995 Montana upset of this tournament came
14. 2004 James Madison when the fifteen seed, 1980 Boise
St., stunned the number 2 seed,
6. 1978 Florida A&M 1999 Georgia Southern, by
11. 1987 NE Louisiana kicking a game winning field goal
as time ran out and won 35-33.
7. 1983 Southern Illinois
10. 1982 Eastern Kentucky ROUND TWO:
15. 1980 Boise St. 1981 Idaho St. gave 1996
2. 1999 Georgia Southern Marshall all it could handle and
seemed to have the game in the
ROUND ONE: bag, but Marshall intercepted a
pass near the end of the game
1996 Marshall had a tough time and ran it back to score the go-
with 1988 Furman, but managed ahead and winning touchdown,
to pull out a close victory, 39-33. 34-29. 1984 Montana St. could
1994 Youngstown St. could not not pull off another upset as
hold off 1981 Idaho St., losing 2006 Appalachian St. won a very
32-46. 1984 Montana St. and close game, 34-31. 1978 Florida
2003 Delaware staged a very A&M delivered an upset of 1994
exciting game. With time Montana 43-42. 1982 Eastern
running out, Delaware scored a Kentucky ended the Cinderella
touchdown to tie the game at 41 run of 1980 Boise St., easily
all, but then missed the extra winning, 35-21.
point that would have won it. In
overtime, Delaware won the coin ROUND THREE:
toss and deferred to Montana St.
which scored a touchdown. 1996 Marshall defeated 2006
Delaware could not score, thus Appalachian St., 45-35, in a
allowing 1984 Montana St. to game that was not as close as the
pull off a mild upset, defeating score seemed; Appalachian St.
The College Football Historian-8- underdog against 1996 Marshall,
the NCAA Division I-AA winner.
scored a late and rather The game pretty much played out
meaningless touchdown. In that way as Texas was finally
another game that was not as dethroned, 38-42, by 1996
close as the score indicated, Marshall who now advances in
1982 Eastern Kentucky the Champions Round.
seed 1978 Florida A&M, 32-24,
and advanced to the NEXT MONTH:
Championship game against
1996 Marshall. In the next couple of issues we
shall feature the Major College
THIRD PLACE: teams from 1883 through 2007.
In somewhat of an upset, 1978 Since I am using Tex’s ratings, he
Florida A&M defeated 2006 has requested that I conduct two
Appalachian St., 40-31. tournaments: 1883-1936 teams
and then 1936-2007 teams. The
CHAMPIONSHIP: winners of each of those
tournaments will then play to
1982 Eastern Kentucky’s luck determine the best Major College
ran out as the number one seed, Team of all-time.
1996 Marshall, dominated and
won 42-27. And the winner of that
tournament will take on 1996
Marshall, the NCAA 1-AA
CHAMPIONS ROUND: champion, to determine the best
college team of all-time,
1976 Texas A&I, the NAIA regardless of division.
Division I champ, was a slight
See you then!
Remember, if you were to conduct these tournaments again using my FAST-ACTION
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in real life, when two teams play one another twice (or more) in the same season, the
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* * * President Gerald R. Ford
The College Football Historian-9- Team Notables...
• Southern California won its
In honor of… 400th victory at Los
Angeles Coliseum against
Recent Respective Schools Hall Arizona State, on Oct. 11.
of Fame or Ring of Honor
• Western Michigan captured
its 500th victory, Saturday
Miami (Fla.)—RB Edgerrin
James, QB Jim Kelly, DT Cortez
Kennedy, C Jim Otto and QB
• Oklahoma recently became
Gino Torretta…Texas A&M—R.
the first college football
C. Slocum, its winningest football
team to score 30,000
Allen…Baylor—Ray Crockett and
former AD Tom Stanton…
• West Virginia honored its
Kansas State—retired head
1988 Fiesta Bowl team, the
coach Bill Snyder and New
only Mountaineer team to
Mexico State—Pervis Atkins,
play for a national
Denvis Manns and Walt Williams
championship, prior to its
game against Rutgers.
SMU had retired the uniform
number of Don • TCU celebrated its 40th
Meredith…Princeton will honor annual Frog Club Hall of
1951 Heisman Trophy winner Fame Class with additions
and NFF Hall of Famer Dick of football standouts W.C.
Kazmaier. Nix, Dr. John Richards and
the remaining members of
Coaches Receiving Awards... the 1938 TCU national
championship squad not
already admitted to the
• John Gagliardi (St. John's,
school's Hall of Fame. Six
Minn.) was named the
members of the '38 squad
2009 recipient of AFCA's
attended the celebration.
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
• New Georgia State head
football coach, standout In Memory of...
center at Georgia Tech and
television commentator Bill • Charles Walemon
Curry has been named as "Cotton" Price, 90,
winner of the 2008 quarterback of the 1939
season that did not meet and
The College Football Historian-10- match them in a national
championship game. For
national champion Texas example, how about Tennessee
A&M…Dick Lynch, 72, vs. Michigan State in 1952,
linebacker at Notre Dame…Bert Auburn vs. Ohio State in 1957,
Robinson, 86, San Jose State LSU vs. Iowa in 1958, Mississippi
HB…Wally Hilgenberg, 66, vs. Syracuse in 1959,Mississippi
lineman at Iowa…Plato Gus vs. Iowa in 1960, Alabama vs.
Andros, 86, guard at Ohio State in 1961 or Mississippi
Oklahoma…Dom Rosselli, 93, vs. USC in 1962. Do you know
former assistant football coach who would win all those games?
for 21 seasons at Youngstown Michigan State in 1951 and
State…Bill "Moose" Matthews, 1952, Ohio State in 1957, Iowa
73, former assistant AD at in 1958, Syracuse in 1958, Iowa
Virginia Tech from 1964- in 1960, Ohio State in 1961, and
86…Craig Fertig, 66, Southern USC in 1962.
California QB great…John
Godfrey, 87, head coach at And how would they win? By
Whittier (Calif.) from 1960- forfeit. These Southern teams
79…*Larry Birleffi, 90, former would not play against integrated
voice of the Wyoming Cowboys. opponents. Suppose you had a
national championship game and
* * * one team didn’t show up!
From Bob Kirlin… The following concerns Georgia
Tech’s 1955 football team and it
Was Alabama of 1961 college is taken from Allison Danzig
football’s greatest team? Well, “The History of American
compared to a team of today, Football” copyright 1956 by
they would be outweighed by at Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood
least 0ne hundred pounds per Cliffs, New Jersey.
man. They were an all-white
segregated team who would not Then once again Dodd took his
play an integrated opponent. And team to a bowl game. It was back
they did not play two-platoon to the Sugar Bowl for the fourth
football since the rules did not time, to play Pittsburgh, winner of
allow it. Have you ever thought the Lambert Trophy as Eastern
about the disadvantages of a Champion. Though outgained by
one-platoon football team, trying as good margin, 311 yards to
to play against a two-platoon 142, and having failed to
team? complete one of its three passes it
launched, Tech won the game, 7-
Suppose you could pick two 0, to maintain its perfect bowl
leading teams from the same record in six appearances under
Dodd. A pass interference penalty
burned in effigy by rioting Tech
The College Football Historian-11- students, the regents permitted
the Engineers to go through with
their commitment but took steps to
called against Bobby Grier of prevent any state team in the
Pittsburgh, the first Negro to play future from taking part in games
in the Sugar Bowl, led to the only in the South where segregation
touchdown of the game, It gave customs were not carried out.
Tech, which had recovered a
fumble on Pitt’s 33-yard line
before throwing the pass, the ball In conclusion, Bob said ”The
on the 1-yard line, and above was inspired by the College
quarterback Wade Mitchell carried Football Historian/Intercollegiate
it over. Football Researchers Association
issue Volume one, Number four:
Because of Greer’s presence on Best All-Time NCAA College
the Pitt team, the Governor of Football Team by Mo Johnson,
Georgia had called on the state SEC Sportsfan.com stating that
board of regents to bar Tech from 1961 Alabama was the best
playing in the Sugar Bowl game. NCAA college football team.
After the governor had been
Consecutive * * *
College/Junior College THIS MONTH'S HISTORICAL
Record for Consecutive INSIGHT…
Losses College Football’s version of: Been
there, saw that, wrote this about it!
College of Marin a community
college in California established
the National Junior/Community The Funny side of
College record for consecutive football
defeats, with its 42-27 setback to
West Valley College. The game By George Jean Nathan
was played Oct. 4.
FELL WITH ALL HIS WEIGHT ON
A 35-31 loss to San Jose City WHAT HE BELIEVED TO BE THE
College made it 50 losses in-a- BALL, BUT WHAT IN REALITY
row, tying the standard of WAS THE HEAD OF HIS TEAM-
Coahoma Community College of MATE.
Clarksville, Miss which was
winless between1978-84. "Ned" Torney, one of the best
football players at Cornell in the
confused and started at top
The College Football Historian-12- speed for his own goal line.
late nineties, was extremely The Lafayette players, naturally
nearsighted. allowed him to keep on, making
feeble attempts to tackle him in
During a fierce scrimmage in a order to urge him all the faster.
game in the season of 1899, he "Tar" Young, one of Torney's
ran madly down the field and fell fellow players, dashed after him
with all his weight on what he when he saw what the
believed to be the ball but what nearsighted man was about to do
in reality was the head of Frank and a beautiful race resulted
Porter, his team-mate, encased in between the Cornell man who
a leather head-guard. Porter's was trying his level best to score
nose was broken and as a result a touchdown against his own
of Torney's falling on the "ball" team and the other Cornell man
the Cornell team lost an able who was trying to stop him.
player for several weeks.
Two yards from the goal line,
On another occasion, during a Young finally caught up with
game with Lafayette, Torney, Torney, tackled him, and then
after receiving the ball, became told him what he had been about
* * *
Outing, by J. Parmly Paret
1898 December (as is)
PRINCETON, 6; YALE, 0.
Arthur Poe, the right end of the
The annual game between Yale Tigers, was the bright, particular
and Princeton was held this year star of the game, and the only
at Princeton, November 12th, at score of the game was due to his
the new Brokaw Field, and quickness and a fumble by one of
resulted in a victory for Princeton the Yale backs.
by 6 to 0, exactly the same score
as that of Yale on her home
grounds last year.
Poe.. . . . . . . . . . . . . right—end—left . . . . . . . . . . . Eddy
Hillebrand . . . . . . . . right—tackle—left . . . . . . . . . Stillman
Edwards. . . . . . . . . . . right—guard—left . . . . . . . . Brown
Booth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . center . . . . . . . . . . . Cutten
The College Football Historian-13-
Geer . . . . . . . . . . . . . left—tackle—right . . . . . .Chamberlain
Crowdis. . . . . . . . . . . . left—guard—right . . . . . . . .Marshall
Palmer . . . . . . . . . . . left—end—right . . . . . . . . . . . Coy
Duncan . . . . . . . . . . . quarter-back . . . . . . . . . …...De Saulles
Kafer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . right—half-back—left . . . . . .Durston
Beardsley. . . . . . . . . . left—half-back—right . . . . . . Benjamin
Ayres.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . full-back . . . . . . . . . . . . . .McBride
Princeton substituted Mills Yale substituted Ely for De
for Crowdis, Hutchinson for Saulles, Townsend for
Duncan, Black for Durston, and Corwin for
Beardsley, and Wheeler for Benjamin.
* * *
Bo Carter Reports on the first decade (1998-2007) of the
Florida, Michigan, Texas, and Texas is the first school to
Virginia Tech appeared in at be included in 60 different
least one BCS Standings every surveys and has appeared
year since 1998. Florida State in 69 of the first 76
made each year’s Standings standings (91 percent).
from 1998-2005 before not Florida is next with 68
being included on any 2006 or appearances through the
‘07 worksheets. 2007 season.
Ohio State – 52
Top 12 Schools by Appearance Tennessee – 52
(Through Dec. 2, 2007) Florida State – 50
Miami (Fla.) – 50
Texas – 69 Southern California – 49
Florida – 68 Georgia – 46
Michigan - 62 LSU - 44
Oklahoma – 60 Nebraska – 44
Virginia Tech – 60
Ohio State 8, Oklahoma 8,
Most Seasons in BCS Standings Tennessee 8, LSU 7, Miami (Fla.)
(1998-2007): Texas 10, Florida 7, Nebraska 7, Oregon 7,
10, Michigan 10, Virginia Tech Southern California 7.
10, Florida State 8, Georgia 8,
The College Football Historian-14- Missouri 1, Texas 1; UCLA 1 –
total of 11 schools.
Hawai’i, Rutgers, Tulsa, and
Wake Forest all made their first All-time appearances at No. 2
appearances in the Standings in (through 2007): Miami (Fla.) 9;
2006 to bring the total Oklahoma 9; Ohio State 7;
representation to 72 schools.
Cincinnati, Connecticut, Kansas, Southern California 7; Texas 7;
Kentucky, and USF in 2007 Florida State 5; Michigan 5;
raised the tally to 77 of 119 Virginia Tech 5; UCLA 4; LSU 3;
current total FBS members. Tennessee 3; Boston College 2;
Florida 2; Nebraska 2; Oregon 2,
Oklahoma has been one of most Penn State 2; USF 1; Kansas 1,
active “latecomers” to the West Virginia 1 – 19 schools.
Standings. After not being among
the Top 15 in either 1998 or ’99, Ohio State (1998), Oklahoma
the Sooners have been in 60 polls (2000) and USF (2007) each
since Oct. 2000 and have been made their standings’ debuts at
No. 1 on a record 18 occasions. the No. 2 locale.
They are tied for fourth in total
BCS standings’ appearances with No. 1 By Conferences
Virginia Tech. (memberships at the time of
standings through 2007) – ACC,
Appearances at No. 1 (through 7; Big East, 7; Big Ten, 14; Big
2007): Oklahoma 18; Southern 12, 25; Pac-10, 16; SEC, 7.
California 15; Ohio State 14;
Florida State 7; Miami (Fla.) 7;
Nebraska 5; Tennessee 5, LSU 2,
Total Appearances by MAC - 20
Conference (through 2007): MWC – 51
Pacific-10 - 213
ACC – 243 SEC – 297
Big 12 - 290 WAC – 40
Big East – 111 Independent – 37
Big Ten - 261
C-USA - 23
Total Schools Represented by
Conferences (through 2007): 3, MWC – 5, Pacific-10 – 10,
ACC – 10, Big 12 – 10, Big East – SEC – 11, WAC – 3,
8, Big Ten -10, C-USA -6, MAC - Independent – 1.
• Florida State
All-Time Teams and Dates at No. 1 1999: 10/25; 11/1; 11/8; 11/15; 11/22; 11/29;
The College Football Historian-15- 2000: 10/30; 11/6; 11/13; 11/20; 11/27; 12/3
2002: 10/21; 10/28; 11/4
• LSU 2003: 10/20; 10/27; 11/3; 11/10; 11/17; 11/24;
2007: 11/11; 11/18 21/1; 12/7
• Miami (Fla.)
2001: 11/26; 12/3; 12/9
• Southern California
2004: 10/18; 10/25; 11/1; 11/8; 11/15; 11/22;
2002: 11/18; 11/25; 12/2; 12/8
2005: 10/17; 10/31; 11/7; 11/14; 11/21; 11/28;
• Missouri 12/4
• Nebraska 1998: 11/9; 11/16; 11/23; 11/30; 12/6
2001: 10/29; 11/5; 11/12; 11/19
• Ohio State • UCLA
1998: 11/2 1998: 10/26
2002: 11/112006: 10/15; 10/22; 10/29; 11/5;
11/12; 11/19; 11/26; 12/3
2007: 10/14; 10/21; 10/28; 11/4; 12/2 * * *
The Lynn “Pappy” Waldorff Foundation
Award will be awarded for *Paul Gallegos
the first time in 2008; IFRA member
honoring the Walk-on Player *Tex Noel
of the Year. 1st-N-Goal / IFRA
Five members of IFRA are www.CollegeRivals.org
part of the 88-man selection *Kent Stephens
The winner will be announced in a future issue of The College
* * *
Greatest Football Players of the first half of the Gipp (Notre Dame), Charlie Trippi, (Georgia), Sid
20th Century* Luckman (Columbia), Steve Van Buren (LSU), Willie
Heston (Michigan), and Chick Harley (Ohio State).
*Selected by the Associated Press in 1950
Jim Thorpe (Carlisle), Red Grange (Illinois), Bronko • The current membership of IFRA is 72…THANK
Nagurski (Minnesota), Ernie Nevers (Stanford), YOU…keep spreading the word.
Sammy Baugh (TCU), Don Hutson (Alabama), George