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Also See: National Champions / BCS Title Game Results / Congrove Computer Rankings Champions

Updated: 1/8/10
Following is the list of FBS football champions since 1869 according to sources recognized by the NCAA. It is regularly reviewed and updated. Please note that several schools claim championships by other polls and rankings which are subject to debate on their comparative relevance or legitimacy for bestowing "national championship" status.

These are the preeminent sources for the period during which they are listed.
1869-1882: National Championship Foundation
1883-1935: Helms Athletic Foundation (H)
1924-1940: The Dickinson System (D)
1936-Present: Associated Press (AP)
1958-1990: United Press International (UPI)
1991-1996: CNN/USA Today (Coaches)
1997-2004: ESPN/USA Today (Coaches)
2005-Present: USA Today (Coaches)
2005-Present: Harris Interactive
1998-Present: Champion listed was also BCS champ unless otherwise noted in parenthesis.

*-1947 - Michigan is often credited with a 1947 title based on a No. 1 ranking in a post-Rose Bowl AP poll which the AP itself does not recognize as official, and is not recognized by the NCAA.

Since 1998, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) has conducted a bowl contest between it's two top-ranked teams to determine a national champion. A number of polling organizations also provide a final ranking of Division I-A football teams at the end of each season.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Year Team Record Game Coach
1869 Princeton 1-1-0 No bowl William S. Gummere (Capt.)
1870 Princeton 1-0-0 No bowl Alexander Van Rensselaer (Capt.)
1871 None ------ ------ ------
1872 Princeton 1-0-0 No bowl David T. Marvel (Capt.)
1873 Princeton 1-0-0 No bowl Cyrus O. Dershimer (Capt.)
1874 Yale 3-0-0 No bowl ?
1875 Harvard 4-0-0 No bowl ?
1876 Yale 3-0-0 No bowl ?
1877 Yale 3-0-1 No bowl ?
1878 Princeton 6-0-0 No bowl Bland Ballard (Capt.)
1879 Princeton 4-0-1 No bowl Bland Ballard (Capt.)
1880 Princeton
Yale
4-0-1
4-0-1
No bowl
No bowl
Francis Loney (Capt.)
?
1881 Yale 5-0-1 No bowl ?
1882 Yale 8-0-0 No bowl ?
1883 Yale 8-0-0 No bowl Ray Tompkins (Capt.)
1884 Yale 9-0-0 No bowl Eugene L. Richards (Capt.)
1885 Princeton 9-0-0 No bowl Charles DeCamp (Capt.)
1886 Yale 9-0-1 No bowl Robert N. Corwin (Capt.)
1887 Yale 9-0-0 No bowl Harry W. Beecher (Capt.)
1888 Yale 13-0-0 No bowl Walter Camp
1889 Princeton 10-0-0 No bowl Edgar Poe (Capt.)
1890 Harvard 11-0-0 No bowl George A. Stewart
George C. Adams
1891 Yale 13-0-0 No bowl Walter Camp
1892 Yale 13-0-0 No bowl Walter Camp
1893 Princeton 11-0-0 No bowl Tom Trenchard (Capt.)
1894 Yale 16-0-0 No bowl William C. Rhodes
1895 Pennsylvania 14-0-0 No bowl George Woodruff
1896 Princeton 10-0-1 No bowl Franklin Morse
1897 Pennsylvania 15-0-0 No bowl George Woodruff
1898 Harvard 11-0-0 No bowl W. Cameron Forbes
1899 Harvard 10-0-1 No bowl Benjamin H. Dibblee
1900 Yale 12-0-0 No bowl Malcolm McBride
1901 Michigan 11-0-0 Rose: Beat Stanford 49-0
Season: Outscored opposition 550-0
Fielding Yost
1902 Michigan 11-0-0 No bowl
Season: Outscored opposition 644-12
Fielding Yost
1903 Princeton 11-0-0 No bowl Arthur Ralph Thomas "Doc" Hillebrand
1904 Pennsylvania 12-0-0 No bowl Carl Williams
1905 Chicago 11-0-0 No bowl Amos Alonzo Stagg
1906 Princeton 9-0-1 No bowl Bill Roper
1907 Yale 9-0-1 No bowl Bill Knox
1908 Pennsylvania 11-0-1 No bowl Sol Metzger
1909 Yale 10-0-0 No bowl Howard Jones
1910 Harvard 8-0-1 No bowl Percy Houghton
1911 Princeton 8-0-2 No bowl Bill Roper
1912 Harvard 9-0-0 No bowl Percy Houghton
1913 Harvard 9-0-0 No bowl Percy Houghton
1914 Army 9-0-0 No bowl Charley Daly
1915 Cornell 9-0-0 No bowl Al Sharpe
1916 Pittsburgh 8-0-0 No bowl Glenn "Pop" Warner
1917 Georgia Tech 9-0-0 No bowl John Heisman
1918 Pittsburgh 4-1-0 No bowl Glenn "Pop" Warner
1919 Harvard 9-0-1 Rose: Beat Oregon 7-6 Bob Fisher
1920 California 9-0-0 Rose: Beat Ohio State 28-0 Andy Smith
1921 Cornell 8-0-0 No bowl Gil Dobie
1922 Cornell 8-0-0 No bowl Gil Dobie
1923 Illinois 8-0-0 No bowl Bob Zuppke
1924 Notre Dame  10-0-0 Rose: Beat Stanford 27-10 Knute Rockne
1925 Alabama (H)
Dartmouth (D)
10-0-0
8-0-0
Rose: Beat Washington 20-19
No bowl
Wallace Wade
Jesse Hawley
1926 Alabama (H)
Stanford (H, D)
9-0-1
10-0-1
Rose: Alabama and Stanford tied 7-7 Wallace Wade
Glenn "Pop" Warner
1927 Illinois 7-0-1 No bowl Bob Zuppke
1928 Georgia Tech (H)
USC (D)
10-0-0
9-0-1
Rose: Beat Cal 8-7
No bowl
Bill Alexander 
Howard Jones
1929 Notre Dame 9-0-0 No bowl Knute Rockne
1930 Notre Dame 10-0-0 No bowl Knute Rockne
1931 USC 10-1-0 Rose: Beat Tulane 21-12 Howard Jones
1932 USC (H)
Michigan (D)
10-0-0
8-0-0
Rose: Beat Pitt 35-0
No bowl
Howard Jones
Harry Kipke
1933 Michigan 7-0-1 No bowl Harry Kipke
1934 Minnesota 8-0-0 No bowl Bernie Bierman
1935 Minnesota (H)
SMU (D)
8-0-0
12-1-0
No bowl
Bowl: Lost Stanford 7-0
Bernie Bierman
Matty Bell
1936 Minnesota 7-1-0 No bowl Bernie Bierman
1937 Pittsburgh 9-0-1 No bowl Jock Sutherland
1938 TCU (AP)
Notre Dame (D)
11-0-0
8-1-0
Sugar: Beat Carnegie Tech 15-7
No bowl
Dutch Meyer
Elmer Layden
1939 USC (D)
Texas A&M (AP)
8-0-2
11-0-0
Rose: Beat Tennessee 14-0
Sugar: Beat Tulane 14-13
Howard Jones
Homer Norton
1940 Minnesota 8-0-0 No bowl Bernie Bierman
1941 Minnesota 8-0-0 No bowl Bernie Bierman
1942 Ohio State 9-1-0 No bowl Paul Brown
1943 Notre Dame 9-1-0 No bowl Frank Leahy
1944 Army 9-0-0 No bowl Red Blaik
1945 Army 9-0-0 No bowl Red Blaik
1946 Notre Dame 8-0-1 No bowl Frank Leahy
*-1947 Notre Dame 9-0-0 No bowl Frank Leahy
1948 Michigan 9-0-0 No bowl Bennie Oosterbaan
1949 Notre Dame 10-0-0 No bowl Frank Leahy
1950 Oklahoma 10-1-0 Sugar: Lost Kentucky 13-7 Bud Wilkinson
1951 Tennessee 10-1-0 Sugar: Lost Maryland 28-13 Bob Neyland
1952 Michigan State 9-0-0 No bowl Biggie Munn
1953 Maryland 10-1-0 Orange: Lost Oklahoma 7-0 Jim Tatum
1954 Ohio State (AP)
UCLA (UPI)
10-0-0
9-0-0
Rose: Beat USC 20-7
No bowl
Woody Hayes
Red Sanders
1955 Oklahoma 11-0-0 Orange: Beat Maryland 20-6 Bud Wilkinson
1956 Oklahoma 10-0-0 No bowl Bud Wilkinson
1957 Auburn (AP)
Ohio State (UPI)
10-0-0
9-1-0
No bowl
Rose: Beat Oregon 10-7
Shug Jordan
Woody Hayes
1958 LSU 11-0-0 Sugar: Beat Clemson 7-0 Paul Dietzel
1959 Syracuse 11-0-0 Cotton: Beat Texas 23-14 Ben Schwartzwalder
1960 Minnesota 8-2-0 Rose: Lost Washington 17-7 Murray Warmath
1961 Alabama 11-0-0 Sugar: Beat Arkansas 10-3 Bear Bryant
1962 USC 11-0-0 Rose: Beat Wisconsin 42-37 John McKay
1963 Texas 11-0-0 Cotton: Beat Navy 28-6 Darrell Royal
1964 Alabama 10-1-0 Orange: Lost Texas 21-17 Bear Bryant
1965 Alabama (AP)
Michigan State (UPI)
9-1-1
10-1-0
Orange: Beat Nebraska 39-28
Rose: Lost UCLA 14-12
Bear Bryant
Duffy Daugherty
1966 Notre Dame 9-0-1 No bowl Ara Parseghian
1967 USC 10-1-0 Rose: Beat Indiana 14-3 John McKay
1968 Ohio State 10-0-0 Rose: Beat USC 27-16 Woody Hayes
1969
Texas
11-0-0
Cotton: Beat Notre Dame 21-17
Darrell Royal
1970 Nebraska (AP)
Texas (UPI)
11-0-1
10-1-0
Orange: Beat LSU 17-12
Cotton: Lost Notre Dame 24-11
Bob Devaney
Darrell Royal
1971 Nebraska 13-0-0 Orange: Beat Alabama 38-6 Bob Devaney
1972 USC 12-0-0 Rose: Beat Ohio State 42-17 John McKay
1973 Notre Dame (AP)
Alabama (UPI)
11-0-0
11-1-0
Sugar: Beat Alabama 24-23
Sugar: Lost Notre Dame 24-23
Ara Parseghian
Bear Bryant
1974 Oklahoma (AP)
USC (UPI)
11-0-0
10-1-1
No bowl
Rose: Beat Ohio State 18-17
Barry Switzer
John McKay
1975 Oklahoma 11-1-0 Orange: Beat Michigan 14-6 Barry Switzer
1976 Pittsburgh 12-0-0 Sugar: Beat Georgia 27-3 Johnny Majors
1977 Notre Dame 11-1-0 Cotton: Beat Texas 38-10 Dan Devine
1978 Alabama (AP)
USC (UPI)
11-1-0
12-1-0
Sugar: Beat Penn State 14-7
Rose: Beat Michigan 17-10
Bear Bryant
John Robinson
1979 Alabama 12-0-0 Sugar: Arkansas 24-9 Bear Bryant
1980 Georgia 12-0-0 Sugar: Beat Notre Dame 17-10 Vince Dooley
1981 Clemson 12-0-0 Orange: Beat Nebraska 22-15 Danny Ford
1982 Penn State 11-1-0 Sugar: Beat Georgia 27-23 Joe Paterno
1983 Miami, Fla. 11-1-0 Orange: Beat Nebraska 31-30 Howard Schnellenberger
1984 Brigham Young 13-0-0 Holiday: Beat Michigan 24-17 LaVell Edwards
1985
Oklahoma
11-1-0
Orange: Beat Penn State 25-10 Barry Switzer
1986 Penn State 12-0-0 Fiesta: Beat Miami 14-10 Joe Paterno
1987 Miami, Fla. 12-0-0 Orange: Beat Oklahoma 20-14 Jimmy Johnson
1988
Notre Dame
12-0-0
Fiesta: Beat West Virginia 34-21 Lou Holtz
1989 Miami, Fla. 11-1-0 Sugar: Beat Alabama 33-25 Dennis Erickson
1990 Colorado (AP)
Georgia Tech (UPI)
11-1-1
11-0-1
Orange: Beat Notre Dame 10-9
Citrus: Beat Nebraska 45-21
Bill McCartney
Bobby Ross
1991 Miami, Fla. (AP)
Washington (Coaches)
12-0-0
12-0-0
Orange: Beat Nebraska 22-0
Rose: Beat Michigan 34-14
Dennis Erickson
Don James
1992 Alabama 13-0-0 Sugar: Beat Miami 34-13 Gene Stallings
1993 Florida State 12-1-0 Orange: Beat Nebraska 18-16 Bobby Bowden
1994
Nebraska
13-0-0
Orange: Beat Miami, Fla. 24-17 Tom Osborne
1995 Nebraska 12-0-0 Fiesta: Beat Florida 62-24 Tom Osborne
1996 Florida 12-1 Sugar: Beat Florida St. 52-20 Steve Spurrier
1997 Michigan (AP)
Nebraska (Coaches)
12-0
13-0
Rose: Beat Wash. St. 21-16
Orange: Beat Tennessee 42-17
Lloyd Carr
Tom Osborne
1998 Tennessee 13-0 Fiesta: Beat Florida St. 23-16 Phillip Fulmer
1999 Florida State 12-0 Sugar: Beat Va. Tech 46-29 Bobby Bowden
2000 Oklahoma 13-0 Orange: Beat Florida St. 13-2 Bob Stoops
2001 Miami, Fla. 12-0 Rose: Beat Nebraska 37-14 Larry Coker
2002 Ohio State 14-0 Fiesta: Beat Miami, Fla. 31-24 (2 ot) Jim Tressel
2003 LSU (National Champs)
USC (#1 in AP Poll)
13-1
12-1
Sugar: Beat Oklahoma 21-14
Rose: Beat Michigan 28-14
Nick Saban
Pete Carroll
#-2004 USC 13-0 Orange: Beat Oklahoma 55-19 Pete Carroll
#-2005 Texas 13-0 Rose: Beat USC 41-38 Mack Brown
2006 Florida 13-1 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Ohio State 41-14
Urban Meyer
2007 LSU 12-2 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Ohio State 38-24
Les Miles
2008 Florida 13-1 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Oklahoma 24-14
Urban Meyer
2009 Alabama 14-0 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Texas 37-21
Nick Saban
2010 Auburn 14-0 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Oregon 22-19
Gene Chizik
2011 Alabama 12-1 BCS Championship Game:
Beat LSU 21-0
Nick Saban
2012 Alabama 13-1 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Notre Dame 42-14
Nick Saban
2013 Florida State 14-0 BCS Championship Game:
Beat Auburn 34-31
Jimbo Fisher

#-USC's 2004 title was vacated by the BCS on June 6, 2011 in response to NCAA sanctions against UCS for the use of an ineligible player (Reggie Bush). USC's 2005 Rose Bowl appearance was also vacated.