Who's #1?: 100-Plus Years of Controversial National Champions in College Football

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There’s nothing quite as controversial in American sports as college football’s national championship, making it common fodder for talk around the water cooler as well as loftier debates among professional journalists in the sports pages. Walsh takes a comprehensive view of over a century of controversy, breaking teams down into one of three categories: perennial powers, contenders, and former greats. He then reviews the ten most controversial championships, suggests candidates for the best overall football ...

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Who's #1?: 100-Plus Years of Controversial National Champions in College Football

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Overview

There’s nothing quite as controversial in American sports as college football’s national championship, making it common fodder for talk around the water cooler as well as loftier debates among professional journalists in the sports pages. Walsh takes a comprehensive view of over a century of controversy, breaking teams down into one of three categories: perennial powers, contenders, and former greats. He then reviews the ten most controversial championships, suggests candidates for the best overall football program, and concludes with some thoughts on the future of the BCS. A comprehensive appendix lists national champions since 1869; AP and USA Today/UPI final polls; final BCS standings; first-team All-Americans; and College Football Hall of Fame inductees.

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Editorial Reviews

The Denver Post
If you love your team as much as you hate the BCS, you'll love this book by one of college football's great historians.
— John Henderson
Mobile-Press Register
Celebrating one's favorite team being named the national champion is the favorite aspect of being a college football fan. Taking part in debates about what team deserves to be No. 1 runs a close second. In this book, Christopher Walsh reminds us of some of those debates while at the same time pointing out why some of those arguments will never be settled.
— Tommy Hicks
The Denver Post - John Henderson
If you love your team as much as you hate the BCS, you'll love this book by one of college football's great historians.
Mobile-Press Register - Tommy Hicks
Celebrating one's favorite team being named the national champion is the favorite aspect of being a college football fan. Taking part in debates about what team deserves to be No. 1 runs a close second. In this book, Christopher Walsh reminds us of some of those debates while at the same time pointing out why some of those arguments will never be settled.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Sports Columnist - Doug Fernandes
As long as the BCS system lords over college football, fans are sure to keep its debate alive. But leave it to college footballl guru Christopher Walsh to reveal its flaws and show how the coffers of the country's top programs benefit from its existence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793378
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,097,718
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. Walsh has been an award-winning sports journalist since 1990, and currently covers University of Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News. Previous beats include the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League, and Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. The writer/columnist has been twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and 2005 helped the Tuscaloosa News earn a First Amendment Award (formerly Freedom of Information Award) from the Associated Press Managing Editors. He's won numerous awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, Alabama Managing Editors, and Alabama Press Association. Previous books include Crimson Storm Surge: Alabama Football Then and Now, No Time Outs: What It's Really Like to Be a Sportswriter Today, and Where Football Is King: A History of the SEC.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
How Champions Have Been Named
The Teams
The Perennial Powers     33
The Contenders     63
The Former Greats     113
The Controversies
More Than a Century of Issues     137
The 10 Most Controversial National Championss     141
"Who Has the Best Football Program?"     159
Epilogue: What's Next?     177
National Champions     181
The Associated Press Poll     201
All-Time Final Associated Press Poll     217
Coaches' Polls     221
BCS Final Standings     239
First-Team All-Americans     243
The College Football Hall of Fame     273
About the Author     283
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