College football split national championships

by Berry Tramel Published: January 7, 2012
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Split national championships in college football, using the AP and coaches polls:

2003: AP-Southern Cal, Coaches-LSU. (USC, No. 1 in the AP and coaches polls, beat No. 4 Michigan in the Rose Bowl; LSU, No. 2 in the polls, beat Oklahoma, No. 3 in the polls but No. 1 in the BCS, in the Sugar Bowl. The AP kept USC No. 1.)


1997: AP-Michigan, Coaches-Nebraska. (No. 1 Michigan beat No. 8 Washington State in the Rose Bowl; No. 2 Nebraska beat No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The coaches jumped Nebraska up).

1978: AP-Alabama, Coaches-Southern Cal. (No. 2 Alabama beat No. 1 Penn State in the Sugar Bowl; No. 3 USC beat No. 5 Michigan in the Rose. The coaches jumped USC up).

1974: AP-Oklahoma, Coaches-Southern Cal. (OU was on probation and ineligible in the coaches poll).

1973: AP-Notre Dame, Coaches-Alabama. (Coaches didn't vote after the bowl games; Notre Dame beat Bama in the Sugar Bowl.)

1970: AP-Nebraska, Coaches-Texas. (Coaches didn't vote after the bowl games; Texas lost to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl).

1965: AP-Alabama, Coaches-Michigan State. (Coaches didn't vote after the bowl games; Michigan State lost to UCLA in the Rose Bowl).

1957: AP-Auburn, Coaches-Ohio State. (Both votes held before the bowls; Auburn didn't play in a bowl, but Ohio State beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl).

1954: AP-Ohio State, Coaches-UCLA. (Both votes held before the bowls; Ohio State beat Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl; UCLA didn't play in a bowl).

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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