Great teams that didnt win at least a share of the National Championship

by Ken Brown
(Cedar Rapids,Ia)

I would like to take a moment and mention 4-5 teams that had super seasons but had the mis-fortune to play in seasons with similar teams who got the votes and won the title.

During my lifetime so far these are the best teams that came up just short

1)1994 Penn st. perfect 12-0 team with a powerhouse that lost out to Nebraska in the polls.

2)2004 Auburn perfect 13-0 team that had the misfortune to be in the same season as the great 2004 USC team.

3)1979 USC team that went 11-0-1 and had 4 future Hall of Famers on it but finished second to a perfect Alabama team.

4) 1973 Ohio st went 10-0-1 only blemish a tie to an undefeated Michigan team then crushed USC in the Rose Bowl 42-21.

I thought about adding 1983 Nebraska to this list..but their situation was different,they played a game for number 1 and lost, these teams all won their bowl games but came up short in the polls.

The coaches and players of these teams should be remembered for having a great team and season they just didn't get voted number 1 in one of the major polls.

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Feb 06, 2012
by: GRK

Why have a list like this that doesn't include 1966 Alabama undefeated, untied and uncrowned?

Apr 08, 2012
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by: Ken Brown

@ GRK As I said sir these were teams I saw play (at least on T.V). I am 49 years old and can only remember back until the 1971-72 seasons. I was only 3 in 1966!! lol!! No disrespect towards the great 1966 Alabama team (I intend to read the book Missing Ring one of these days) I just never saw them. Bama that year certainly had as much a claim to the title as Notre Dame or Mich St.

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