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

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Taylor Trade Pub., 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 283 pages
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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Contents

The Perennial Powers
39
The Contenders
65
The Former Greats
115
Copyright

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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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