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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.
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.
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.
Kinnick Stadium is well known for its pink visitors’ locker rooms, a tradition started by emeritus Iowa coach Hayden Fry.
Which schools can claim the most Heisman Trophy winners? Find out here.
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.
A list of the top 15 longest home winning streaks in college football history, including Miami, Alabama, and Harvard universities.
The Northwestern Wildcats own one record that they probably would like stricken from the books: The longest losing streak in college football history.
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.
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.
Here, we take a look at the ebbs and flows of college football's elite teams through the decades.
The Rose Bowl Game has been played in Pasadena, California since 1902. The scores of each of the Rose Bowl Games are listed here.
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.
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
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.
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?
While Auburn teams are called the Tigers, the “War Eagle” is one of the most iconic traditions in all of college football.
When it comes to good old-fashioned football hatred, there may be no rivalry in college football that can match Alabama versus Auburn.
When most college football mascots linked in any way to Native American culture have been tossed aside, Florida State’s Chief Osceola endures.
Nicknamed “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” the century-old competition is one of the SEC’s most bitter rivalries.
Mounted on a pedestal overlooking Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, Howard’s Rock is one of the most visible traditions in all of college football.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Origins: In January of 1922, Texas A&M took the field against mighty Centre College, the No. 1-ranked
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.
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.
The Tiger Walk at Auburn University is one of the most imitated traditions in college sports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reveille is the official mascot of Texas A&M University.
The Big House. Bo Schembechler. Maize and blue. Winged helmets. And maybe most importantly, “The Victors.” That’s Michigan football.
Tim Tebow Barack Obama. College Football. Page 11.
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.
The Heisman Trophy has been given each year since 1935 to the “most outstanding college football player” in the country.
Penn State football. College Football. Page 9.
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.
The Yale Bowl may no longer host big-time college football—Yale hasn’t competed in college football’s top division in years—but the venue remains one of the most historic, beloved and important in all of college football.
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.
Reaction to all of the weekend from college football 2014's Week 4.
Uga is the much-beloved bulldog mascot at the University of Georgia.
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.
Tim Tebow Oklahoma. College Football. Page 9.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the South's most successful college football program. Find out why here.
Penn State's Beaver Stadium is the largest stadium in all of college football, with a capacity of 107,282.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tennessee football wouldn't be Tennessee football if not for Gen. Robert R. Neyland.
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.
College football boasts more than a few huge stadiums. But there is only one known as "The Big House."
Highlights from Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman's address at the 2013 Big Ten Media Days.
: "Touchdown Jesus" is the name given to the mural The Word of Life , which famously adorns the facade
Only six teams in history of college football have held the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll for an entire season.
Texas Longhorns - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 7.
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.
The complete NCAA statement that brought the Johnny Manziel matter to a close.
Picks and predictions for college football 2013's Week 1.
: "Boomer Sooner" is the official fight song of the University of Oklahoma. The song was written in 1905
How Larry Johnson, longtime Penn State assistant, ended up coaching for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
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 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.
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.
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.
2014 Alabama football preview. College Football.
Tim Tebow SEC Championship. College Football. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
Knute Rockne is the most famous coach from the most famous school in all of college football.
Nebraska football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 3.
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.
The Sugar Bowl has been played each year in New Orleans, Louisiana since 1935.
Hawaii's Colt Brennan threw 131 touchdown passes in his college career. He is the game's all-time touchdown pass leader.
Notre Dame - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 6.
2014 Oregon football preview. College Football.
A list of the top 10 highest scoring kickers in college football history.
Nick Saban Michigan State. College Football.
Who will win the Heisman Trophy in 2013? Who will be coach of the year?
Ohio State versus Alabama - 1995 Citrus Bowl. Page 2.
LSU national championship. College Football. Page 4.
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.
The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award is given each year to the best coaches in each of college football's four divisions.
The less-than-elegantly named BBVA Compass Bowl is played each year in Birmingham, Alabama.
After one season in Ann Arbor, he has taken on the reputation of a man who may well save Michigan football. But with that one impressive season in the books, it seemed in late November of 2011 as though Hoke's job at Michigan—already a tough one—had just gotten tougher.
2014 Penn State football preview.
If Alabama doesn't win the college football national championship in 2013, who will?
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.
A profile of Eddie Robinson, longtime football coach at Grambling State University and one of the most successful coaches in college football history.
2014 Michigan Wolverines Football Preview
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.
In part because of Notre Dameâs long-standing success, in part because of the programâs massive exposure,
Oversigning has long been one of the controversial topics in college football. Recently, it's become one of the most talked about, too.
2014 Michigan State football preview.
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.
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.
Steve Addazio has a fairly straightforward vision for Temple football: He wants to win championships. Multiple championships.
Who will be the surprise team of the 2013 season? Who will play for the national title?
Auburn football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 4.
Big-time college football isn’t for everybody.
Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins talks about the college playoff and more at 2013 Big Ten media days.
During Big Ten media days, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz discussed a variety of topics in advance of the season to come.
The Old Oaken Bucket, given each year to the winner of the Indiana-Purdue game, has origins dating all the way back to 1925.
The simplest way to describe John Gagliardi? Try this: He is the winningest coach in college football history.
Alabama football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 5.
In Part I of our 2013 season preview, we take a look at the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Predictions for the 2014 college football season.
2014 Ohio State Football Preview
College Football 2013: Game of the Week -- Week 1: Georgia vs. Clemson
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.
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,
Michigan football - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 10.
Tim Tebow Ole Miss. College Football. Page 6.
The USA Today Coaches Poll wasn't always a coaches poll. In fact, upon its launch in 1982, the poll was a partnership of USA Today and ESPN, and like the Associated Press poll, was based on the votes of sportswriters.
Tim Tebow Capital One Bowl. College Football. Page 5.
A look at how Bill O'Brien will fare in his second season at Penn State.
Tim Tebow Georgia. College Football. Page 7.
Ohio State versus Georgia - 1993 Citrus Bowl
The “Jump Around” tradition at the University of Wisconsin may not be the oldest tradition in college sports (in fact, it’s one of the newest), but somehow, someway, the always crazed students in Madison have managed to take a bad 1990s rap song and parlay it into one of the coolest scenes in college football.
Ohio State - College Football's Best Uniforms. Page 8.
These are dark times for the Big Ten. Are better days ahead?
2014 Wisconsin Badgers Football Preview
Nick Saban LSU. College Football. Page 2.
For college football fans, no Saturday morning is complete with ESPN College GameDay.
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The Orange Bowl is college football's second-oldest bowl game.
Brutus Buckeye is the official mascot of Ohio State University athletics.
2013 South Carolina Football Preview
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.
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award is given each year to the best coach in college football.
Alabama will play USC in the 2016 Cowboys Classic.
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.
The complete ACC football schedule for the 2013 season.
In the wake of the NCAA's admission that it committed wrongdoing during its investigation into the University of Miami, columnists heavily criticized both the NCAA and its president, Mark Emmert.