AP National Championship Trophy

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AP National Championship Trophy
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USC's 2004 AP National Championship Trophy. Despite forfeiture of records, wins, and the BCS Championship, the AP title was not stripped.
Awarded for the Associated Press college football national champion
Country United States
Presented by Associated Press
First awarded 1936
Currently held by Florida State

The AP National Championship Trophy is the trophy awarded annually by the Associated Press (AP) to the team who finishes the season at the number one spot in the AP Poll and signifies that team being selected as national champions of college football for that season.

The trophy consists of a silver or gold football suspended above a base which contains the letters "AP" (for Associated Press), along with the information on who the recipient of the trophy was.

Until the 1968 college football season, the final AP poll of the season was released following the end of the regular season, with the exception of the 1965 season.

The Associated Press is not tied to the Bowl Championship Series, and the trophy can be awarded to a team which did not win the BCS National Championship Game. This has happened once after the 2003 season when LSU won the BCS title game, but USC received a higher total of votes in the AP Poll, and therefore received the AP National Championship Trophy. Teams serving NCAA postseason bans are still eligible for the AP National Championship. This has occurred twice, following the 1957 and 1974 seasons. Teams that are retroactively sanctioned by the NCAA such that on the field results are forfeited or vacated do not forfeit their AP title, as occurred for the 2004 season.

Winners[edit]

The following teams have finished in the #1 spot in the final AP Poll of the season for college football:

Season School Head Coach
1936 Minnesota Bernie Bierman
1937 Pittsburgh Jock Sutherland
1938 TCU Dutch Meyer
1939 Texas A&M Homer Norton
1940 Minnesota Bernie Bierman
1941 Minnesota Bernie Bierman
1942 Ohio State Paul Brown
1943 Notre Dame Frank Leahy
1944 Army Earl Blaik
1945 Army Earl Blaik
1946 Notre Dame Frank Leahy
1947 Notre Dame Frank Leahy
1948 Michigan Bennie Oosterbaan
1949 Notre Dame Frank Leahy
1950 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1951 Tennessee Robert Neyland
1952 Michigan State Biggie Munn
1953 Maryland Jim Tatum
1954 Ohio State Woody Hayes
1955 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1956 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1957 Auburn Ralph Jordan
1958 LSU Paul Dietzel
1959 Syracuse Ben Schwartzwalder
1960 Minnesota Murray Warmath
1961 Alabama Bear Bryant
1962 USC John McKay
1963 Texas Darrell Royal
1964 Alabama Bear Bryant
1965 Alabama Bear Bryant
1966 Notre Dame Ara Parseghian
1967 USC John McKay
1968 Ohio State Woody Hayes
1969 Texas Darrell Royal
1970 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1971 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1972 USC John McKay
1973 Notre Dame Ara Parseghian
1974 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1975 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1976 Pittsburgh Johnny Majors
1977 Notre Dame Dan Devine
1978 Alabama Bear Bryant
1979 Alabama Bear Bryant
1980 Georgia Vince Dooley
1981 Clemson Danny Ford
1982 Penn State Joe Paterno
1983 Miami (FL) Howard Schnellenberger
1984 BYU LaVell Edwards
1985 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1986 Penn State Joe Paterno
1987 Miami (FL) Jimmy Johnson
1988 Notre Dame Lou Holtz
1989 Miami (FL) Dennis Erickson
1990 Colorado Bill McCartney
1991 Miami (FL) Dennis Erickson
1992 Alabama Gene Stallings
1993 Florida State Bobby Bowden
1994 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1995 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1996 Florida Steve Spurrier
1997 Michigan Lloyd Carr
1998 Tennessee Phillip Fulmer
1999 Florida State Bobby Bowden
2000 Oklahoma Bob Stoops
2001 Miami (FL) Larry Coker
2002 Ohio State Jim Tressel
2003 USC Pete Carroll
2004 USC Pete Carroll
2005 Texas Mack Brown
2006 Florida Urban Meyer
2007 LSU Les Miles
2008 Florida Urban Meyer
2009 Alabama Nick Saban
2010 Auburn Gene Chizik
2011 Alabama Nick Saban
2012 Alabama Nick Saban
2013 Florida State Jimbo Fisher

By school[edit]

School Number Seasons
Alabama 9 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012
Notre Dame 8 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988
Oklahoma 7 1950, 1955, 1956, 1974, 1975, 1985, 2000
Miami (FL) 5 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001
USC 5 1962, 1967, 1972, 2003, 2004
Minnesota 4 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960
Nebraska 4 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995
Ohio State 4 1942, 1954, 1968, 2002
Florida 3 1996, 2006, 2008
Florida State 3 1993, 1999, 2013
Texas 3 1963, 1969, 2005
LSU 2 1958, 2007
Army 2 1944, 1945
Auburn 2 1957, 2010
Michigan 2 1948, 1997
Penn State 2 1982, 1986
Pittsburgh 2 1937, 1976
Tennessee 2 1951, 1998
BYU 1 1984
Colorado 1 1990
Clemson 1 1981
Georgia 1 1980
Maryland 1 1953
Michigan State 1 1952
Syracuse 1 1959
TCU 1 1938
Texas A&M 1 1939

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