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College Football National Champions: The Complete List

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Florida State National Champions

Jimbo Fisher and Florida State claimed the 2013 national championship with a win over Auburn.

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College football has always had trouble choosing its national champion.

In fact, in the very first season of college football's existence -- that's 1869, in case you were wondering -- pollsters split the national title between Rutgers and Princeton. This, even though Rutgers beat Princeton earlier that year.

Controversies about the college football national championship have plagued the game ever since.

As a result, listing college football’s national champions isn’t as easy as one might think. There have been so many polls and organizations naming champions, in fact, that in some years up to six different teams claimed some kind of title.

What follows, then, is a comprehensive list of all the national championship teams, as recorded by the NCAA. Listed alongside the champions are the polls or nominating bodies that awarded the title.

Of course, not all "national championships" are created equal -- the New York Times national championship, for instance, is not quite on par with the Associated Press national championship. So below, those teams considered "consensus" national champions -- the teams fans would most recognize as national title holders -- are marked with an asterisk. But even the "consensus" title is somewhat misleading, as some seasons ended with multiple "consensus" national champions.

Only in college football.

2013
*Florida State: BCS

 

2012
*Alabama: BCS

 

2011
*Alabama: BCS

 

2010
*Auburn: BCS

 

2009
*Alabama: BCS

 

2008
*Florida: BCS

2007
*LSU: BCS

2006
*Florida: BCS

2005
*Texas: AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, Colley Matrix, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FW, Massey, Matthews, NFF, Sagarin (ELO-Chess), Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN, Wolfe
Southern California: Harris

2004
*Southern California: AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, Colley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Massey, Matthews, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN, Wolfe

2003
*LSU: BCS, Billingsley, Colley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, Massey, NFF, Sagarin, Seattle Times, USA/ESPN
Oklahoma: Berryman
*Southern California: AP, Eck, Matthews, NY Times

2002
*Ohio State: AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, Colley, DeVold, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Massey, NFF, NY Times, Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN, Wolfe
Southern California: Dunkel, Matthews, Sagarin

2001
*Miami (Fla.): AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, Colley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Massey, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN, Wolfe

2000
*Oklahoma: AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Massey, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN

1999
*Florida State: AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Massey, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN

1998
Ohio State: Sagarin
*Tennessee: Alderson, AP, BCS, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Seattle Times, Sporting News, USA/ESPN

1997
*Michigan: AP, FB News, FW, National Championship Foundation*, NFF, Sporting News
*Nebraska: Alderson, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, Matthews, National Championship Foundation*, NY Times, Sagarin, Seattle Times, USA/ESPN

1996
*Florida: AP, Berryman, Billingsley, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, NFF, Sagarin, Sporting News, USA/CNN, NY Times, National Championship Foundation, Dunkel, Matthews, DeVold
Florida State: Alderson

1995
*Nebraska : Alderson, AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN

1994
Florida State: Dunkel
*Nebraska: Alderson, AP, Berryman, Billingsley, FACT, FB News, FW, National Championship Foundation, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN, USA/NFF
Penn State: DeVold, Eck, FACT, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NY Times, Sagarin

1993
Auburn: National Championship Foundation
*Florida State: AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, FW, National Championship Foundation, NY Times, Sagarin, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN ,USA/NFF
Nebraska : National Championship Foundation
Notre Dame: Matthews, National Championship Foundation

1992
*Alabama: AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NY Times, Sporting News, UPI/NFF, USA/CNN
Florida State: Sagarin

1991
*Miami (Fla.): AP, Eck, Football Research, National Championship Foundation, NY Times, Sporting News
*Washington: Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, FB News, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, Sagarin, UPI/NFF, USA/CNN

1990
*Colorado: AP, Berryman, DeVold, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Sporting News, USA/CNN
*Georgia Tech: Dunkel, FACT, National Championship Foundation, UPI
Miami (Fla.): Billingsley, Eck, FACT, NY Times, Sagarin
Washington: FACT

1989
*Miami (Fla.): AP, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN
Notre Dame: Berryman, Eck, FACT, Sagarin

1988
Miami (Fla.): Berryman
*Notre Dame: AP, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sagarin, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN

1987
Florida State: Berryman, Sagarin
*Miami (Fla.): AP, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, Eck, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN

1986
Miami (Fla.): FACT Oklahoma: Berryman, DeVold, Dunkel, Football Research, NY Times, Sagarin
*Penn State: AP, Billingsley, FACT, FB News, FW, Matthews, National Championship Foundation, NFF, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN

1985
Michigan: Matthews, Sagarin
*Oklahoma: AP, Berryman, Billingsley, DeVold, Dunkel, FACT, FB News, Football Research, FW, National Championship Foundation, NFF, NY Times, Sporting News, UPI, USA/CNN

 

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