SEC's college football dominance is still relatively new

College football's national championships once were spread around quite liberally. From 1998 through 2003, the six AP national champions came from six conferences
by Berry Tramel Published: December 8, 2013
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The Southeastern Conference dominates college football, with seven straight national champions: Florida 2006, LSU 2007, Florida 2008, Alabama 2009, Auburn 2010 and Alabama 2011 and 2012.

Now Auburn is back in the championship game, against Florida State.

But the SEC wasn't always so dominant. In fact, college football's national championships once were spread around quite liberally. From 1998 through 2003, the six AP national champions came from six conferences: SEC (Tennessee) in 1998, ACC (Florida State) in 1999, Big 12 (OU) in 2000, Big East (Miami) in 2001, Big Ten (Ohio State) in 2002 and Pac-10 (Southern Cal) in 2003.

If the coaches poll — and eventually the BCS — is your preferred method of champion, same thing happened from 1999 through 2004, adding LSU in '03 and Southern Cal in '04.

And that wasn't a new thing. From 1959 through 1963, the national champs came from four conferences plus an independent (Syracuse 1959, followed by the Big Ten's Minnesota in 1960, the SEC's Alabama in 1961, the Pac's USC in 1962 and the Southwest Conference's Texas in 1963. From 1949 through 1954, the titles were won by Notre Dame (independent), OU (Big Six), Alabama (SEC), Michigan State (Big Ten), Maryland (ACC) and UCLA (Pac).


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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