Which School Has The Most College Football National Championships?

Which college football program has the most national championships? That is a question that will be asked throughout the day and following the conclusion of Monday night’s College Football Playoff title game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs.

It’s a tough question to answer, since national championships were not tracked prior to the introduction of the AP Poll in 1931, so there has been some sketchy counting with “claimed” titles.

For the purpose of this article, we will look at the complete list of winners from the modern “poll era” which includes 1936 to the present. Those champions were awarded by the AP, Coaches Poll, BCS and College Football Playoff.

How many national titles does your favorite program have?

The list of college football national championships by school can be seen below:

School Championships Seasons
Alabama 13 1961, 1964, 1965 (AP), 1973 (Coaches), 1978 (AP), 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015,2017, 2018
Notre Dame 8 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973 (AP), 1977, 1988
Oklahoma 7 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974 (AP), 1975, 1985, 2000
USC 7 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974 (Coaches), 1978 (Coaches), 2003 (AP), 2004 (AP)
Ohio State 6 1942, 1954 (AP), 1957 (Coaches), 1968, 2002, 2014
Miami (FL) 5 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991 (AP), 2001
Nebraska 5 1970 (AP), 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997 (Coaches)
Minnesota 4 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960
Texas 4 1963, 1969, 1970 (Coaches), 2005
Florida 3 1996, 2006, 2008
Florida State 3 1993, 1999, 2013
LSU 3 1958, 2003 (Coaches), 2007
Army 2 1944, 1945 (AP)
Auburn 2 1957 (AP), 2010
Clemson 2 1981, 2016
Michigan 2 1948, 1997 (AP)
Michigan State 2 1952, 1965 (Coaches)
Penn State 2 1982, 1986
Pittsburgh 2 1937, 1976
Tennessee 2 1951, 1998
BYU 1 1984
Colorado 1 1990 (AP)
Georgia 1 1980
Georgia Tech 1 1990 (Coaches)
Maryland 1 1953
Oklahoma State 1 1945 (Coaches)
Syracuse 1 1959
TCU 1 1938
Texas A&M 1 1939
UCLA 1 1954 (Coaches)
Washington 1 1991 (Coaches)

 

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