Boand System

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The Boand System was a system for determining the college football national championship.[1] It was also known as the Azzi Ratem system.[2] The system was developed by William F. Boand.[2] The rankings were based on mathematical formula.[3] Boand announced annual national champions on a current basis from 1930 to 1960. He also chose national champions on a retroactive basis for the years from 1919 to 1929. The Boand System is recognized as a "National Champion Major Selector" by the Official NCAA Division I Records Book.[4]

The rankings appeared in many newspapers, the Illustrated Football Annual from 1932-1942, and Football News from 1942 to 1944 and again from 1951 to 1960.[2] The design of the system sought to combine the best parts of the Dickinson System, with mathematical systems developed by Ralph Powell of Ohio State University and William T. Van de Graaf, football coach and mathematics instructor at Colorado College.[3] Prominent football coaches Knute Rockne, Howard Jones, and Pop Warner consulted with Boand on the rankings.[3] At various times, the system was applied to high school football rankings.[3]

National champions[edit]

Season Champion
1919 Illinois
1920 Harvard
1921 California
Washington & Jefferson
1922 Princeton
1923 Illinois
1924 Notre Dame
1925 Alabama
1926 Navy
1927 Georgia
1928 Georgia Tech
1929 Notre Dame
1930 Notre Dame
1931 Southern California
1932 Southern California
1933 Michigan
1934 Minnesota
1935 Minnesota
1936 Pittsburgh
1937 Pittsburgh
1938 Tennessee
1939 Texas A&M
1940 Minnesota
1941 Minnesota
1942 Ohio State
1943 Notre Dame
1944 Army
1945 Army
1946 Army
Notre Dame
1947 Notre Dame
1948 Michigan
1949 Notre Dame
1950 Princeton
1951 Georgia Tech
1952 Michigan State
1953 Notre Dame
1954 Ohio State
1955 Michigan State
1956 Oklahoma
1957 Ohio State
1958 Louisiana State
1959 Syracuse
1960 Iowa

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Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Boand System National Championship Selections". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  2. ^ a b c Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Records Book. Triumph Books. 2007. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-60078-034-9. 
  3. ^ a b c d Boand, William F. (November 21, 1961). "Bill Boand's Baffling System Explained In Briefest Manner" (PDF). The New Mexican. New Mexico: Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. pp. 105–106. Retrieved January 3, 2016.