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After winning the national championship in 2013, the Florida State Seminoles will be looking for a repeat in 2014. But can they hold off mighty Alabama?
In the very first year college football was played, the national championship was split between two schools -- Rutgers and Princeton. Finding a true national champion has a challenge ever since. Here, we look at all of college football's national champions. There's more than you might think.
They are the elite of the elite -- the 10 winningest college football programs of all time. Here, we list the Top 10 programs in college football history, ranked by total wins through the 2007 season.
A list of the top 15 longest home winning streaks in college football history, including Miami, Alabama, and Harvard universities.
Just ten coaches have won 300 games in their college football coaching careers. And three of them are still coaching today. Here, we list the top 10 winningest coaches in the game.
Which schools can claim the most Heisman Trophy winners? Find out here.
While Auburn teams are called the Tigers, the “War Eagle” is one of the most iconic traditions in all of college football.
The Rose Bowl Game has been played in Pasadena, California since 1902. The scores of each of the Rose Bowl Games are listed here.
Here, we take a look at the ebbs and flows of college football's elite teams through the decades.
In the best game of his outstanding career, Houston's David Klinger threw for an incredible 716 yards in a 62-45 win over Arizona State. The 716-yard performance remains the NCAA record for most passing yards in a game.
Between 1953 and 1957, the Oklahoma Sooners won a remarkable 47 straight games. More than a half century later, it remains the longest winning streak in college football history.
Between 1996 and 1999, Wisconsin's Ron Dayne amassed 6,397 rushing yards to break the career college football rushing mark previously held by Texas' Ricky Williams. See the entire list of college's football's all-time leading rushers here.
Kinnick Stadium is well known for its pink visitors’ locker rooms, a tradition started by emeritus Iowa coach Hayden Fry.
The Northwestern Wildcats own one record that they probably would like stricken from the books: The longest losing streak in college football history.
Rivalries are one of the things that make college football worth watching every fall. Here are the longest rivalries in college football for every division.
When it comes to good old-fashioned football hatred, there may be no rivalry in college football that can match Alabama versus Auburn.
Before he became a superstar in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson was a star in the college game, setting the world on fire as the feature back for the TCU Horned Frogs. His greatest moment may have come in 1999, when he rushed for 406 yards in a single game—setting the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a single game.
Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” the century-old competition is one of the SEC’s most bitter rivalries.
Ohio State is one of the proudest and most successful programs in college football. The Buckeyes just seem to have one flaw: They can't beat teams from the SEC.
It was the last true dynasty in college football: Florida State in the 1990s. Coach Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles were the unquestioned kings of college football that decade, dominating the ACC, claiming two national championships and posting a better winning percentage (.890) than any other team in the nation.
Predictions for the 2014 college football season.
Mounted on a pedestal overlooking Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, Howard’s Rock is one of the most visible traditions in all of college football.
Penn State enjoyed a streak of 49 non-losing seasons between 1939 and 1987. Find out which other programs have put together impressive streaks of non-losing seasons here.
2014 Alabama football preview. College Football.
Just how good--or bad--will the Big Ten be in 2014? Can anybody challenge Ohio State for league supremacy? Can James Franklin get Penn State back into
It is often said that the Miami Hurricanes owned college football in the 1980s. But here’s the thing: The ‘Canes weren’t the winnignest team of the decade. No, instead, that honor goes to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
When most college football mascots linked in any way to Native American culture have been tossed aside, Florida State’s Chief Osceola endures.
First played in 1900, the annual showdown between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners—known far and wide as the Red River Rivalry—has become one of college football's best and most bitter rivalries.
Rich Rodriguez got an awful lot of credit—and justifiably so—for his tremendous success at West Virginia. But one has to wonder if Rodriguez would have won nearly as much in Morgantown without the great Pat White.
Fielding Yost arrived at the University of Michigan in 1901. In each of the next four seasons, he won national championships -- and put Michigan football on the map.
The 1960s marked the start of a golden era at Alabama. Under the leadership of the legendary Bear Bryant, who arrived in Tuscaloosa in 1958, the Crimson Tide enjoyed a dominant decade in the SEC.
Bevo is the longhorn steer mascot at the University of Texas. He's been around nearly a century, and yet nobody seems quite sure where he got his name.
Joe Paterno has been coaching football at Penn State since 1950. He's been the head coach since 1966. And it's not a stretch to say that Paterno is the most important man in the history of the university.
2014 Wisconsin Badgers Football Preview
College football in the 1970s was dominated by the bluebloods. From Oklahoma and Nebraska in the Big 8 to Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten, Southern Cal out West and Penn State out East, the 1970s was an era of dominance for the game's traditional powers.
The Tiger Walk at Auburn University is one of the most imitated traditions in college sports.
Of all the traditions in Ohio State’s great football history, none is more widely recognized than “Script Ohio,” the formation performed by the Ohio State Marching Band each and every game day.
Details on how voting and rankings will work under the new College Football Playoff.
Listed among the top 10 best bowl teams of all time are some of the usual susects--USC and Alabama, Florida State and Oklahoma, Penn State and Auburn. But there's also a surprise or two (Ole Miss? Georgia Tech?), and a few of the teams you might expect to be there (Ohio State, Notre Dame), well, aren't.
Origins: In January of 1922, Texas A&M took the field against mighty Centre College, the No. 1-ranked
The Heisman Trophy has been given each year since 1935 to the “most outstanding college football player” in the country.
2014 Michigan State football preview.
The Big House. Bo Schembechler. Maize and blue. Winged helmets. And maybe most importantly, “The Victors.” That’s Michigan football.
To say Oklahoma dominated college football in the 1950s would be an understatement. Because in reality, no other program in the nation was even anywhere near as good as the Sooners were during their remarkable run from 1950-1959.
Bobby Bowden arrived at Florida State when the program was one of the worst in college football. It took him less than two decades to turn the 'Noles into the most dominant team in college football.
Penn State's Beaver Stadium is the largest stadium in all of college football, with a capacity of 107,282.
Tim Tebow plaque The Promise. College Football. Page 10.
In part because of Notre Dameâs long-standing success, in part because of the programâs massive exposure,
: "Boomer Sooner" is the official fight song of the University of Oklahoma. The song was written in 1905
Because it is not part of the Bowl Championship Series formula, the Associated Press college football poll no longer has any bearing on which team is named national champion. But the long-running AP poll still carries some cache. And with good reason: For decades, the AP poll was the final world on college football rankings. Being named the AP’s No. 1 meant being named national champion.
Houston has a long and storied history of turning out top quarterbacks. But none of those signal-callers threw for more yards during their careers than Case Keenum.
He's controversial and often cranky, but there's no denying this much: Nick Saban is one of the most successful coaches in college football history.
Each year, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes battle for a trophy of a bronzed pig. It is called Floyd of Rosedale, and it's one of the most famous trophies in all of college football.
2014 Ohio State Football Preview
Most college football records tend to favor recent history. The record for career interceptions bucks the trend. The all-time leader in this category played his college ball between 1950 and 1952. His name was Al Brosky, and he played for Illinois.
The Bowl Championship Series hasn’t always worked perfectly, though there’s no denying that it’s done exactly what it promised: Decide the national championship on the field. See the complete list of each of college football’s BCS-era national champions here.
College football's all-time leading rusher may not be a household name. But after what Travis Prentice accomplished in his four years at Miami of Ohio, maybe he should be. Besides, Prentice holds one of college's football's greatest records: Most rushing touchdowns in a career.
In 2006, Hawaii's Colt Brennan threw an incredible 58 touchdown passes, guiding the Warriors to an 11-3 record along the way. Brennan's effort broke the season touchdown pass mark previously held by Houston's David Klinger, who threw 54 in 1990.
Travis Prentice scored more rushing touchdowns in his career at Miami of Ohio than any other player in college football history, so it’s really no surprise that Prentice is also the game’s all-time leading scorer, at least among non-kickers.
College football boasts more than a few huge stadiums. But there is only one known as "The Big House."
It should come as no surprise that the record for most rushing yards in a single season by a college quarterback is held by Beau Morgan, an Air Force alum.
Can the Big Ten make a leap forward in 2014? Can anyone challenge Ohio State for league supremacy? We answer those questions and more, in Part I of our two-part Big Ten preview for the 2014 season.
He might be the most underappreciated and underestimated coach in all of America. But there is no denying this simple fact: Les Miles is a winner.
Only six teams in history of college football have held the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll for an entire season.
Reveille is the official mascot of Texas A&M University.
2014 Michigan Wolverines Football Preview
Auburn football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 4.
The Sugar Bowl has been played each year in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1935.
2014 Auburn Tigers Football Preview
In the early 2000s, there was one player that no Pac-10 quarterback wanted to see lined up across the line of scrimmage: Terrell Suggs. In just three years at Arizona State, the defensive end registered an incredible 44 quarterback takedowns, setting the NCAA career sack record in the process.
Either college football quarterbacks have gotten better, or defensive backs have gotten worse. How else to explain the list of the top 10 single-season interception performances in college football history?
Ohio State versus Georgia - 1993 Citrus Bowl
For a major bowl game, the Fiesta Bowl has a surprisingly short history. The first edition of this game was played in 1971. The past winners of the game are listed here.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the South's most successful college football program. Find out why here.
A profile of Eddie Robinson, longtime football coach at Grambling State University and one of the most successful coaches in college football history.
Between 2003 and 2005, the USC Trojans held the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25. Their 33 straight weeks atop the AP poll is the longest streak in college football history—by a wide margin.
To hear some tell it, the ruling issued in August of 2014 by Judge Claudia Wilken in the much-discussed O’Bannon case spells the end of college athletics as we know it.
2014 Oregon football preview. College Football.
The Orange Bowl is college football's second-oldest bowl game.
Alabama football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 5.
Traveler, the pure white horse that charges up and down the sidelines at Trojans home games, is one of the most recognized mascots in college football.
A look back at all the action from college football 2013's Week 1.
Ohio State versus Alabama - 1995 Citrus Bowl. Page 2.
Can the the SEC reclaim the national title? We’ll explore that question and more right here, in Part I of our two-part SEC football preview for 2014.
Notre Dame - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 6.
Topping the list of college football's all-time receptions leaders is Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield, who caught 316 balls between 2001 and 2004 while playing for Joe Tiller. The rest of the NCAA's all-time pass-catchers can be seen here.
2014 Sugar Bowl Preview. College Football.
Hawaii's Colt Brennan threw 131 touchdown passes in his college career. He is the game's all-time touchdown pass leader.
2014 Notre Dame Football Preview.
Tim Tebow Barack Obama. College Football. Page 11.
Texas Longhorns - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 7.
With a stunning record of success over the course of a decade, Urban Meyer in the 1990s and 2000s established himself as nothing short of one of the premier coaches in college football history--an innovative thinker, inspiring leader, and perhaps above all, a relentless winner.
For college football fans, no Saturday morning is complete with ESPN College GameDay.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is given each year to the best coaches in each of college football's four divisions.
Each week, About.com college football writer Tim Hyland ranks the nation's teams, from 1 to 25. The rankings are updated each Monday morning.
Like others who came before him, Brian Kelly arrived at Notre Dame with a high expectations, an impressive resume and a well-earned reputation as a winner. But also like others who came before him, Kelly quickly learned that success elsewhere does not necessarily guarantee success in South Bend.
2014 Pac-12 football preview, Part I.
Tim Tebow Capital One Bowl. College Football. Page 5.
Penn State football. College Football. Page 9.
Winning on the road in college football is tough. And it's even tougher when you have to play at LSU's insane Death Valley or Ohio State's massive Ohio Stadium, Oregon's crazy-loud Autzen Stadium or Penn State's soaring Beaver Stadium. Here, we take a look at the 10 toughest places to play in college football.
LSU national championship. College Football. Page 4.
In the early and mid-2000s, the Northwestern defense was anchored by steady linebacker Tim McGarigle. In his four years with the Wildcats, McGarigle racked up 545 career tackles—more than any other defender in college football history.
Nebraska football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 3.
A list of the top 10 highest scoring kickers in college football history.
2014 Penn State football preview.
Nick Saban Michigan State. College Football.
A look at how Bill O'Brien will fare in his second season at Penn State.
It is by definition the biggest win possible in college football: Knocking off the nation's No. 1 team. And no two teams have done that more often than the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Oklahoma Sooners, who share the all-time record for most wins against the nation’s top-ranked squad.
Oversigning has long been one of the controversial topics in college football. Recently, it's become one of the most talked about, too.
Before getting a scholarship, top football recruits must sign a National Letter of Intent. Here are the basic facts behind the document.
The Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, is one of the most controversial topics in all of sports. See how this system for choosing a national champion in college football has succeeded -- and failed -- since its 1998 launch.
After the passing of Penn State legend Joe Paterno, tributes rolled in from around the nation.
Ohio State - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 8.
How Larry Johnson, longtime Penn State assistant, ended up coaching for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Kyle Field isn't among the nation's largest stadiums. But it is one of the loudest -- and winning there, visiting teams have found, it never easy.
Illinois running back Howard Griffith scored eight touchdowns in a game in 1989, giving him 48 points in the game. It is the best single-game scoring performance in college football history.
Steve Spurrier is among the most colorful, entertaining, revolutionary and successful coaches in the history of college football.
Tim Tebow SEC Championship. College Football. Page 8.
: "Touchdown Jesus" is the name given to the mural The Word of Life , which famously adorns the facade
The Old Oaken Bucket, given each year to the winner of the Indiana-Purdue game, has origins dating all the way back to 1925.
So now we know the SEC is, in fact, beatable. When the Florida State Seminoles knocked off the Auburn Tigers in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game,
Knute Rockne is the most famous coach from the most famous school in all of college football.
A look back on the chain of events that led to Joe Paterno's shocking firing at Penn State, and how the university struggled to move forward in the wake of an unthinkable scandal.
The Gator Bowl has been played each year in Jacksonville, Florida, since 1946.
Tim Tebow already has a national championship and a Heisman Trophy. So the question is: What does the Florida quarterback have in store for his junior season?
Ralphie is the 1,300-pound buffalo mascot of the University of Colorado Buffalo, and his job is simple: To lead the Buffaloes onto the field both at the start of each home game and again at halftime.
Each year, the Minnesota Golden Gophers and Michigan Wolverines take the field and play for the right to take home maybe the most famous trophy in college football: The Little Brown Jug.
The old-school Big Ten football between Wisconsin and Minnesota is the longest-running rivalry in Division I college football history.
A photographic look back at spectacular career of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, one of the greatest players in college football history.
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award is given each year to the best coach in college football.
Since 1978, college football's Football Championship Subdivision has crowned a champion with a playoff. And no school has won more of those championships than Georgia Southern.
Can big coaching moves make a difference for a league that so badly needs to take a big step forward? We'll look at that question and more right here, in Part 2 of our two-part Big Ten football preview for the 2014 season.
How much has the passing game changed college football—and how much better are college quarterbacks today than they were a couple decades back? Well, see the information here to find out.
Michigan football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 10.
Nick Saban is the new king of college football. After leading Alabama to the 2009 national championship, Saban became the first coach in the modern era to win national titles at two different schools. Here, we look back on Saban's remarkable coaching career, including highlights from his stints at Michigan State, LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama.
After Braxton Miller's injury, what does the 2014 season hold for Ohio State?
John Cooper won a lot of games at Ohio State. He never truly won over the Buckeye fans, though.
Trevor Insley is one of the most under-appreciated college football players of all time. In his career at the University of Nevada between 1996 and 1999, Insley compiled what might be considered the best resume of any receiver, ever.
Lawrence Flugence started his college football career as a defensive end. Then, during his sophomore season at Texas Tech, he moved to linebacker. It's safe to say this was a good move.
For more than four decades, Notre Dame owned Navy. The Irish and the Midshipmen play each other every year, and have done so for years. But between 1964 and 2006, it was awfully hard to call the series a “rivalry.” Besides, the Irish won every year during that span, setting the all-time record for most consecutive wins in an uninterrupted (annual) rivalry series.
Tim Tebow Oklahoma. College Football. Page 9.
This much seems certain: Very soon, college football will have a playoff system. But how that playoff will look, and how it will effect the game, remains unknown.
In late January of 2014 players at Northwestern University announced that they were moving forward with an effort to be officially represented by a labor union.
Alabama will play USC in the 2016 Cowboys Classic.
In 1989, Houston's Manny Hazard caught a whopping 142 passes to set the all-time NCAA record for catches in a season.
Uga is the much-beloved bulldog mascot at the University of Georgia.
As the new (and first) coach at the University of Texas-San Antonio, former Miami coach Larry Coker is charged with literally building the Roadrunner program from scratch.
Florida wide receiver Percy Harvin is one of the most versatile players in all of college football -- and a real headache for defensive coordinators.
The Cotton Bowl has been played each year in Dallas since 1937.
A complete list of each of the champions of college football's Division II.