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1927Texas A&M
1928Georgia Tech
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1939Texas A&M
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1953Notre Dame
1954Ohio State
1957Ohio State
1960Ole Miss
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1993Florida State
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TGIS National Championships

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Welcome to the TGIS National Championship Selection Page. I’m Tyler Vesely, President of the TGIS selection committee. National Championships are a highly debated part of College Football history. This includes individual years where multiple teams claim titles. The different polls are not required to give reasoning behind their championship selection. TGIS changes all of that.

The TGIS selection process is the most open, intensive process in the national championship world. Every explanation on who the one true champion of College Football for that year is detailed. TGIS has elected to name National Champions from 1924-Present. How did we come up with those years? Here’s how:

College Football History 1869-1924

The first College Football “season” started in 1869. There were two teams that played twice… Rutgers and Princeton. Both finished 1-1 and both claim “national championships”. However, the sport they were playing was not football. Each team had 25 players on the field, the ball was spherical, and you couldn’t run with the ball. Sure Rutgers and Princeton’s version eventually developed into football… but this wasn’t it. The sport they were playing was closer to Rugby.

In 1871, no official games were played. Colleges back then didn’t take this football season seriously… so neither does the TGIS selection committee.

During the 1890s most of the modern college football teams started their programs. Why do we not consider National Champions from this era? Well… it still wasn’t modern football. The forward pass was illegal, games were 70 minutes long with players playing every play, and there was no neutral zone between the offense and defense. Football was just a big scrum.

The teams were also full of “ringers” that weren’t even enrolled in the schools they played for. In 1893, the Michigan team manager stated 7 of the 11 players on that team were not actually enrolled in school.

In addition, College Football was still highly regionalized. How do you elect a National Champion when most of the regions of the nation didn’t play each other? It’d be like the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC playing only themselves.

Another reason we discount the 1890s “National Champions”… they were strictly given to the Ivy League schools. This includes 1899 when Sewanee went 12-0 including a road trip where they had 5 shutout wins over 6 DAYS with wins over Texas A&M, Texas, Tulane, LSU, and Ole Miss. The National Champion that year? Harvard and Princeton.

In 1902, the first Rose Bowl took place. Originally named the East-West football game Michigan defeated Stanford 49-0.  Football still had not become national with southern teams being largely ignored. This includes Vanderbilt in 1904 who went undefeated but wouldn’t even get a sniff at National Championship consideration.

 In 1906, modern rules were instituted following eleven football related deaths. College football programs across the country were dropping the sport based on the violence. The rule changes were led by President Roosevelt who loved football, but his son was starting his freshman year on the Harvard Football team. Accordingly, Roosevelt rounded up College Football leaders and demanded the game be made safer. So the game was changed: The length of games were reduced to two 30-minute halves, the neutral zone was created, and the forward pass was legalized.

1925 Rose Bowl – Alabama vs. Washington

Even with the modern rule changes, the game was still regionalized. Southern teams were mostly ignored and there were no postseason matchups featuring the best teams. All that changed with the 1925 and 1926 New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Game. The 1925 game matched  two undefeated teams with Notre Dame and Stanford. The 1926 Rose Bowl featured  its first southern football team with Alabama and is known as “The Game that Changed the South.” These years start the official TGIS National Championship selections

TGIS Selection Process 1924-2020

              Many teams claim National Championships they do not deserve. TGIS puts an end to that with one winner per year. In order to decide who the champion is, the entire resume of the elite teams of that year will be analyzed. Bowl games used to not matter in the National Championship discussion prior to 1967… they do now. So without further delay THE ONE TRUE CHAMPION of each College Football year:

1924: Notre Dame

Knute Rockne’s Fighting Irish team had the famous “Four Horseman”. The finished 10-0 beating Pop Warner’s undefeated Stanford team in the Rose Bowl. Easy pick.

1925: Alabama

Alabama was the first southern team invited to the Rose Bowl to take on Pacific Coast Conference Champion Washington. Southern football was looked down upon at the time. Alabama shocked the Huskies and the nation coming back to win a 20-19 thriller. The Crimson Tide were led by Pooley Hubert and future famous actor Johnny “Mack” Brown. The 1925 Rose Bowl became known as “The Game that Changed the South.”

1926: Alabama

Two undefeated teams faced off in the Rose Bowl again. This time it was Alabama facing Stanford. The game ended in a 7-7 tie. After analyzing the complete resume, the nod goes to Alabama as they gave up just 27 points all year.

1927: Texas A&M

Four teams claim the championship: Illinois, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Yale. Georgia beat Yale so let’s eliminate Yale. Georgia dominated their schedule… until they were shut out in an upset loss to Georgia Tech in the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate Game. So that leaves two undefeated teams with one tie, Illinois and Texas A&M. Texas A&M dominated their schedule except for one 0-0 tie at TCU. TCU was better than Iowa State (Illinois’ tie) so A&M gets the claim.

1928: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech beat California in the Rose Bowl 8-7 (including Cal’s Roy “Wrong Way” Riegels running 65 yards in the wrong direction) to cap off their undefeated year. USC went undefeated with one tie, but did not play in the Rose Bowl. Lost opportunity USC.

1929: Notre Dame

Notre Dame played a tough schedule including finishing the year against Army with an attendance of over 79,000 people at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame won every single game and get the nod.

1930: Alabama

Notre Dame and Alabama both finished the year undefeated. Except Alabama’s 24-0 win over #3 Washington State gives them the unquestionable best win and the National Championship. Alabama additionally outscored their opponents 271-13 in Wallace Wade’s “Last Dance” with the Alabama Crimson Tide as their head football coach. Notre Dame did not play in a postseason game.


USC went 10-1 and Pitt went 8-1. USC is the clear National Champion because of their win in the Rose Bowl against Tulane and their win at Notre Dame (Pitt’s only loss was to Notre Dame by double digits).

1932: USC

Michigan had a fantastic season finishing undefeated at 8-0. The problem? The Big Ten (“Big Nine” at the time) prohibited their teams from playing in the postseason. It was a lost opportunity as #2 USC pummeled #3 Pitt 35-0. With USC’s 10-0 season and dominant win in the Rose Bowl, USC is the National Champion.

1933: Princeton

1933 is a hard year to name a National Champion. Michigan finished 7-0-1 with a win against #5 Ohio State and a 0-0 tie against Minnesota (Minnesota was the master of ties finishing the season 4-0-4). Princeton on the other hand didn’t face great competition, but they did outscore their opponents 217 to 8 including a 20-0 win over Rose Bowl Champions Columbia (8-1). Princeton gets the slight edge.

1934: Alabama

The Big Ten’s ban against postseason play in back to back years again holds back a team from their conference. Minnesota went 8-0 and was dominant beating their opponents 270 to 38. However, Alabama was equally as dominant and won the Rose Bowl against Stanford 29-13.

1935: Minnesota

1935 was a major year in College Football. Chicago’s Jay Berwanger won the first ever Heisman Trophy and it was the last year before the AP Poll was established. In 1934, Minnesota wasn’t named National Champions because they didn’t play in a post season bowl. The Big Ten’s postseason ban may have won Minnesota the 1935 National Championship.

Minnesota, SMU, TCU, and Princeton all claim National titles. SMU finished the regular season undefeated, but lost the Rose Bowl. TCU won the Sugar Bowl, but lost to SMU during the regular season. Princeton went 9-0, but their strength of schedule was not as strong as Minnesota’s. Minnesota, who hadn’t lost a game since 1932, finally gets a TGIS National title.

1936: Pittsburgh

The first year of the AP Poll… and the writers messed it up. The AP Poll named the champion before the postseason play. For some reason they chose Minnesota despite Minnesota not even winning the Big Ten conference. The only other team receiving first place votes was LSU who lost to Santa Clara in the Sugar Bowl. That leaves Pittsburgh and Alabama. Alabama was the only unbeaten team, but did not receive a postseason bid. Pittsburgh finished 8-1-1 with a dominant 21-0 Rose Bowl victory against #5 Washington. Pittsburgh has the edge.

1937: Cal

Pittsburgh and Cal both finished the year unbeaten and with a tie. Cal however participated in post season play and beat #4 Alabama in the Rose Bowl 13-0.

1938: Tennessee

There are two great options here with 11-0 TCU and 11-0 Tennessee. TCU beat #6 Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl 15-7, while Tennessee beat #4 Oklahoma 17-0 in the Orange Bowl. Tennessee has the slight edge.

1939: Texas A&M

Texas A&M finished as the only undefeated team (other than Cornell who declined a trip to the Rose Bowl to let their players catch up on their academics). #3 USC took advantage beating #2 Tennessee 14-0. However, USC had two ties compared to A&M’s undefeated season and Sugar Bowl win against #5 Tulane.

1940: Stanford

A tough year for the TGIS committee as three teams finished undefeated. The Big Ten champion Minnesota was blocked again because of the conference’s postseason ban. That leaves Rose Bowl Champion Stanford and Sugar Bowl Champion Boston College. Stanford Indians (what they were known as back then) played the tougher schedule finishing with two top ten wins against #10 Washington and #7 Nebraska.

1941: Minnesota

Minnesota again dominated to an undefeated record and claimed their fifth national championship in eight years. TGIS only recognizes two with their failure to play in the postseason. Minnesota won it this year under legendary coach Bernie Bierman and Heisman winner Bruce Smith.

1942: Georgia

Georgia and Ohio State both finished with one loss. Although Ohio State would argue they had a good excuse for the one loss as half the team had an intestinal disorder from drinking water from an unsanitary drinking fountain on the way to Madison to play Wisconsin. TGIS says no excuses. Georgia’s win at the Rose Bowl against UCLA and blowout 34-0 victory over Georgia Tech gives Georgia Head Coach Wally Butts his first championship with legendary player Charley Trippi.

1943: Purdue

It was during World War II where the service academies rose to the top of college football including training schools like Iowa Pre-Flight and Great Lakes Navy. Purdue received several new players thanks to their Navy College Training Program and went on to an undefeated 9-0 record and outscored their opponents 214-55. Why Notre Dame is the unanimous champion I will never know, Great Lakes Navy lost to Purdue 23-13 and beat Notre Dame 19-14.

1944: Army

Army was absolutely dominant finishing 9-0 and outscoring their opponents 504-35. They weren’t playing cupcakes either, they blew out #5 Notre Dame 59-0. Honorable mention goes out to undefeated Ohio State and Randolph Field Ramblers (Army Air Force school 15 miles away from San Antonio).

1945: Army

Army again dominated in the World War II era of College Football beating at the time #2 Notre Dame 48-0 and #2 Navy 32-13. Alabama went undefeated and dominated the competition including a 34-14 Rose Bowl win over #11 USC. However, Army has the edge due to the strength of schedule. Sugar Bowl Champion Oklahoma State (Oklahoma A&M at the time) also went undefeated and was retroactively named the AFCA National Champion. However, Oklahoma State was not as dominant as Army or Alabama and did not have the same level of strength of schedule.

1946: Georgia

This season featured the “Game of the Century” where #1 Army took on #2 Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium and featured four Heisman winners… the game ended 0-0. Army and Notre Dame both finished the year undefeated with the one tie. Georgia on the other hand finished 11-0 and as Sugar Bowl Champions. Charley Trippi was back from the war and finished as the runner up to Army’s Glenn Davis (“Mr. Outside”) for the Heisman.  Georgia has the edge over the Army/Notre Dame tie.

1947: Michigan

One of the most controversial National Championships. Notre Dame was named AP champions after the season after beating USC 38-7. The Big Ten (Big Nine) had finally lifted the postseason ban in 1947. Michigan went to the Rose Bowl and beat the same USC team 49-0. In an unprecedented move the AP Poll re-voted after the Rose Bowl and elected Michigan National Champions. Both teams claim the National Championship, but Michigan’s team gets the TGIS nod.

Michigan in 1947 also started specializing offense and defensive players.

1948: Michigan 

Michigan finished the year as the only undefeated team… well Clemson did too but they were voted #11 by the AP. The writers weren’t impressed with Clemson’s strength of schedule which included a one point win over 1-8-1 Auburn. Michigan dominated with a solid strength of schedule.

1949: Oklahoma

Notre Dame and Oklahoma both finished the season undefeated. Notre Dame again refused to go to postseason play. Oklahoma? Just went to the Sugar Bowl and beat #9 LSU 35-0. Coach Bud Wilkinson’s Oklahoma squad outscored their opponents 399-88 and get the nod for the National Championship.

1950: Tennessee

Oklahoma went undefeated during the regular season and had a 32 game win streak, but was upset by #7 Kentucky (coached by Bear Bryant). Tennessee had already beat Kentucky and won the Cotton Bowl against #3 Texas. Based on the postseason results, Tennessee gets the nod as National Champions.

1951: Maryland

An absolute mess with five teams claiming National Championships: Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, and Illinois. Tennessee was the AP National Champion… but they continued naming the champion before the bowl games. Tennessee was upset by undefeated Maryland in the Sugar Bowl 28-13. Georgia Tech and Illinois both had a tie on their record and Michigan State did not play in a Bowl Game. Maryland is your 1951 champions.

1952: Georgia Tech

Michigan State and Georgia Tech both finished undefeated. Michigan State was again absent from postseason play, while Georgia Tech won in dominant fashion in the Sugar Bowl against #7 Ole Miss.

1953: Notre Dame

Notre Dame and Maryland finished the year undefeated. While Notre Dame didn’t play in postseason play, Maryland lost in the Orange Bowl to #4 Oklahoma.

1954: Ohio State

The Rose Bowl had a dumb “no repeat” rule which disallowed a team from competing in consecutive Rose Bowls. Undefeated Ohio State would’ve faced undefeated UCLA. Instead we have to use our criteria to name Ohio State, as winner of the Rose Bowl against USC, National Champions.

1955: Oklahoma

Oklahoma finished the season as the only undefeated team and capped off their season with a 20-6 win over #3 Maryland.

1956: Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s win streak improved to 40 straight games and they again finished as the only undefeated team and unanimous National Champions.

1957: Ohio State

Auburn was the best team in 1957 and finished undefeated. The problem is they were on probation for paying high school players and were banned from postseason play. So the one loss Rose Bowl Champion Ohio State is named TGIS National Champions.

1958: LSU

LSU finished 11-0  and were Sugar Bowl champions. No other team finished undefeated. LSU instituted a “three-platoon system”, the third squad became famously known as the “Chinese Bandits”.

1959: Syracuse

Syracuse was dominant as the only undefeated team finishing 11-0 with famous running back Ernie Davis. LSU’s win against Ole Miss in the middle of the season with Billy Cannon’s famous punt return touchdown kept Ole Miss out of National Champion contention.

1960: Ole Miss

Ole Miss finished the year as Sugar Bowl champions and with a record of 10-0-1. Missouri also finished the season undefeated. However, Missouri lost to Kansas 23-7, but was held a Missouri win since Kansas used an ineligible player. Even with the ineligible player, it is hard to name Missouri champions with their 23-7 loss. Ole Miss is the National Champion.

1961: Alabama

Alabama’s first National title under Bear Bryant came after an 11-0 season and Sugar Bowl champions. The Crimson Tide defense surrendered just 25 points all year. Ohio State also claim a National title despite not playing in a post season game and finishing the year with a 7-7 tie against TCU (3-5-2).

1962: USC

USC and Ole Miss finished the season undefeated. USC had the better bowl opponent when they beat #2 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Alabama was #1 most of the year with Joe Namath, but lost a close game against Georgia Tech in November when Bear Bryant went for the two point conversion and the win instead of taking the tie.

Legendary Ole Miss coach Johnny Vaught stated the 1962 team was his favorite, to finish the season undefeated despite all the riots in Oxford due to the Civil Rights movement.

1963: Texas

TEXAS IS BACK! Texas won their first National Championship under Coach Darrell K. Royal as the only undefeated team in the 1963 season. Their final win came in the Cotton Bowl against Roger Staubach and #2 Navy.

1964: Arkansas

This was the final year the AP voted before the postseason. The AP voted Alabama #1 after an impressive undefeated season. That all ended in the Orange Bowl against #5 Texas. Alabama was down 14-0 when they sent in injured Joe Namath who almost mounted a comeback, but lost 21-17 after not getting in on a 4th and Goal from the one yard line. Arkansas on the other hand finished undefeated and beat #6 Nebraska 10-7 in the Cotton Bowl.

1965: Alabama

The first year the AP Poll included the bowl results. Going into the bowl games Alabama  (8-1-1) was ranked fourth with the three teams in front of them Michigan State, Arkansas, and Nebraska were all undefeated. Arkansas and Michigan State were both upset in the Cotton and Rose Bowl. That left the Orange Bowl between #3 Nebraska and #4 Alabama to decide the National Champion. Alabama won 39-28.

1966: Alabama

The top two teams in the final AP poll Michigan State and Notre Dame faced off in the regular season. The game ended in a 10-10 tie when Notre Dame coach Ara Parsegian decided to run out the clock with one minute and a half left.  Both teams finished with a 9-0-1 record and neither participated in a postseason game.

Alabama on the other hand finished the season 11-0 with a Sugar Bowl win against #6 Nebraska 34-7. Alabama finished the season 3rd in the AP behind the two teams that had a tie in their record and didn’t play in a bowl game. The TGIS isn’t honoring kneeing out the clock for a tie… Alabama is the champion.

1967: USC

USC finished the season 10-1 with wins over #4 Indiana, #5 Notre Dame, and at the regular season finale #1 UCLA in one of the greatest games of the rivalry. USC went out as Rose Bowl champions and the clear winners of the National Championship. Oklahoma may make a claim as one-loss Orange Bowl champions, but they didn’t have the resume of UCLA and lost to Texas (UCLA beat Texas that year).

1968: Ohio State

As clear cut as you can get. Ohio State finished as the only undefeated team and beat #2 USC in the Rose Bowl. The 50-14 win against Michigan was nice too.

1969: Texas

A memorable undefeated season that ended with a Cotton Bowl victory over Notre Dame. The game before that was the “Game of the Century” between #1 Texas vs. #2 Arkansas. Even President Nixon attended the game to watch Texas pull out a 15-14 victory. #2 Penn State went 11-0 and won the Orange Bowl, but didn’t have the resume of Texas.

1970: Nebraska

Texas was well on its way to winning back to back National Championships until a 24-11 Cotton Bowl loss to Notre Dame. While Texas still claims this National Championship, they are clearly not the TGIS National Champions. Nebraska on the other hand finished with no losses, one tie to USC, and a 17-12 Orange Bowl win over LSU.

Arizona State finished undefeated, but didn’t play in a main bowl game and their competition in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) wasn’t great.

1971: Nebraska

Nebraska and Oklahoma had a “Game of the Century” on November 25, 1971 with 55 Million viewers on Thanksgiving Day. Nebraska won 35-31 after scoring a TD with 1:38 left in the game. This all led to another #1 vs. #2 matchup of Nebraska vs. Alabama in the Orange Bowl. It was the first year Coach Bryant switched to the Wishbone offense which was previously utilized by Texas. The Nebraska/Bama game was not even close with the Cornhuskers demolishing Alabama 38-6.

1972: USC

USC are the clear National Champions of 1972. No team came within 9 points of USC and they had an easy 42-17 Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State… not much controversy with this one.

1973: Notre Dame

1973 was a crazy year where Alabama, Notre Dame, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Ohio State all finished the year with no losses. Oklahoma was on a NCAA bowl ban, Ohio State had a tie, and Penn State had a weak resume. That left #1 Alabama Crimson Tide going into the Sugar Bowl game against undefeated #2 Notre Dame. In a thrilling game, Notre Dame kicked a late field goal defeating the Tide 24-23.

1974: USC

The 1974 Oklahoma team was absolutely dominant. Oklahoma averaged 43 ppg and only had one team stay within 14 points. So why aren’t they number one? Their two season NCAA bowl ban kept them from competing in a bowl game. Alabama’s run at a title was again ruined by Notre Dame in a 14-11 loss in the Orange bowl. Unlike 1973, it was a who is left to name National Champions? At 10-1-1 with a Rose Bowl win over Ohio State, USC is the answer.

1975:  Oklahoma

This year came down to three teams: Oklahoma, Alabama, and Arizona State. Oklahoma finally was able to play in a postseason bowl after a two year ban. The Sooners took advantage with a 14-6 win over #5 Michigan. Oklahoma’s resume was impressive also beating #6 Texas, #9 Nebraska, #15 Pittsburgh, and #16 Colorado. However they had one glaring red mark on their schedule… a 23-3 loss to Kansas (7-5) which is known as the “November Nightmare”.

Alabama lost the season opener to Missouri (a team Oklahoma beat). After? Alabama won every game including against #8 Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. However, Alabama’s resume falls short of Oklahoma’s.

Arizona State went undefeated, but the same issue remained… they played in the easy WAC conference. The universal doubt on how good the Sun Devils were vanished after a 17-14 win over Nebraska. Oklahoma did beat Nebraska 35-10 and had the much better resume despite Arizona State going undefeated. The Sooners are the TGIS champs for 1975.

1976:   Pittsburgh

A very easy year to decide the National Champion as Pittsburgh went 12-0 behind Heisman running back Tony Dorsett. The season ended with a dominant 27-3 win over #5 Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

1977:   Notre Dame

Texas had a chance to be the undefeated champion behind Earl Campbell in Head Coach Fred Aker’s first year… those dreams were shattered in the Cotton Bowl against #5 Notre Dame when they lost 38-10. Notre Dame and Joe Montana jumped all the way to #1. Alabama also has a case with just one loss to #10 Nebraska and a blowout 35-6 Sugar Bowl win over #9 Ohio State. Notre Dame’s performance in the Cotton Bowl gives them the 1977 National Championship.

1978:   Alabama

The 1978 Alabama has a little dispute behind it. Even though they went to the Sugar Bowl as the #2 team and beat #1 Penn State (won the game on a goal line stop), they lost to USC during the season. USC had beaten Alabama earlier in the season 24-14 and also finished with one lost. USC won the Rose Bowl against #5 Michigan in a close 17-10 game. However, we are treating the #1 vs. #2 game as the National Championship and giving it to Alabama.

1979:   Alabama

Alabama went undefeated and untied on their way to a 24-9 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas. Alabama hopped #1 Ohio State after they lost to USC 17-16 in the Rose Bowl. USC finished undefeated, but with a tie on their record. If USC didn’t have the tie I’d have given them the edge.

1980: Georgia

There was a lot less controversy in the 1980s to name National Champions. For example, Herschel Walker and the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs ran through their schedule undefeated and beat Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl. Walker dislocated his shoulder in the game and still ran for 150 yards. Georgia had a lot of comeback victories including rallying to beat Tennessee when they were down 15-2 at the half and beating Florida on a 92 yard TD to WR Lindsay Scott with 1:35 left in the game.  

1981: Clemson

Clemson earned their first National Title as the only undefeated team during the season. This included wins over the SEC Champion Georgia Bulldogs, #9 North Carolina, and #4 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

1982: Penn State

Penn State finished 11-1 with an impressive resume including wins over #3 Nebraska, #19 West Virginia, and #10 Pittsburgh in the regular season. The one loss came to Alabama early in the season. Even with the loss, #2 Penn State was matched up against undefeated #1 Georgia. Penn State won 27-23. SMU has an argument finishing 11-0-1, but didn’t have a great regular season with only a win against #17 Texas. SMU beat #6 Pittsburgh 7-3 in the Cotton Bowl… but it wasn’t as impressive as Penn State’s 19-10 victory over the same Pittsburgh team.

1983: Miami

Auburn gets a little upset with 1983. Going into the January 2nd bowl gameday #1 Nebraska played #5 Miami in the Orange Bowl, #2 Texas played #7 Georgia in the Cotton Bowl, and #3 Auburn played #8 Michigan in the Sugar Bowl (#4 Illinois was blown out 45-9 in the Rose Bowl). The day started with undefeated Texas losing 10-9. That left the door open for Auburn who beat Michigan 9-7. The only game left was a dominant Nebraska team who lost to Miami 31-30 after they failed a two-point conversion in the final minute for the win. Coach Tom Osborne made the gutsy decision as he easily could’ve kicked the PAT, finished with a tie, and won the National Championship. Props to Coach Osborne, but the Orange Bowl loss eliminates them from the National Championship discussion.

That leaves just Auburn and Miami both at 11-1. Miami’s impressive win against a dominant Nebraska team gives them the edge over Auburn who wasn’t impressive in their Sugar Bowl win and had lost to Texas earlier in the season. Miami gets their first TGIS National Championship.

1984: Washington

THIS YEAR IS MY BIGGEST ISSUE. BYU is named as the consensus National Champion despite not having one Top 25 win. They weren’t dominate either as the best teams they played resulted in only a 5 point win over Hawaii (7-4) and 3 point win against Wyoming (6-6). BYU did not play in a major bowl and beat Michigan (6-6) by 7 points in the Holiday Bowl… whoopty doo. Washington on the other hand beat #2 Oklahoma 28-17 in the Orange Bowl and finished the year 11-1…. This isn’t hard Washington is your actual National Champions.

1985: Oklahoma

Oklahoma finished the year 11-1 with their only loss coming against Miami early in the season. In that game, freshman QB Jemelle Holloway took over the starting job after Troy Aikman was injured and out for the year. Oklahoma ended Penn State’s undefeated season 25-10 in the Orange Bowl. Oklahoma jumps from #3 to #1 after that game.

1986: Penn State

The Miami Hurricanes dominated the 1986 season never having a game closer than a touchdown, including a 12-point win over Oklahoma (their only loss of the year). That run was stopped by undefeated Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl who beat Miami 14-10.

1987: Miami

Miami went through a tough schedule including #2 Florida State, #15 South Carolina, and #17 Notre Dame. The perfect season was capped with a 20-14 win over undefeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.     

1988: Notre Dame

The Catholics vs. Convicts game against Miami was the pinnacle of Notre Dame’s season. Notre Dame won 31-30 and never lost another game. The Irish finished their season with a 34-21 win over #3 West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl.  

1989: Miami

While they didn’t go undefeated, Miami has the best resume. It all came down to January 1st when #1 Colorado lost to #4 Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. A win would’ve given Colorado the National Championship. A loss opened the door for #2 Miami for a 33-25 win against #7 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Why not Notre Dame? Well they lost to Miami on the last week of the season 27-10.

1990: Colorado

One of the messiest years for naming a National Champion. The AP Poll named Colorado (11-1-1) while the Coaches Poll named Georgia Tech (11-0-1) National Champions. Colorado’s season was a rollercoaster after starting the season 1-1-1 with a loss against #25 Illinois and a tie against #8 Tennessee. A few weeks later they had the famous “Fifth Down Game” where Colorado scored the game winning touchdown on an extra play given by the officials. After the rough start, Colorado went on a run with a very impressive resume capped by a 10-9 Orange Bowl win against #6 Notre Dame. Georgia Tech did not play as great of a schedule including finishing with a Citrus Bowl win over #24 Nebraska.  Although Colorado has a loss on their schedule, their tough schedule and impressive bowl game win gives them the edge over Georgia Tech.

1991: Miami

For the second consecutive year the AP and Coaches named different National Champions. Miami was named AP champions and Washington was the Coaches poll champions. Both Washington and Miami finished the year undefeated. The conference bowl selection alignments prevented the dream matchup of #1 Miami against #2 Washington. So, we have to look at each team’s resume to decide for ourselves.

Miami had close victories over#3 Penn State and #4 Florida State along with a Orange Bowl 22-0 win over #15 Nebraska. Washington had a wins over #8 Cal, #15 Nebraska and a Rose Bowl win against #6 Michigan 34-14. Miami had the better resume, but Washington is close with how dominant they were during the season.

1992: Alabama

After two straight seasons of split National Champions, college football instituted the Bowl Coalition in order to force a National Championship game between the top two teams. There were still flaws as the system did not include the Big Ten or Pac-10 because of the Rose Bowl. It did not matter in 1992 when undefeated Alabama met undefeated Miami in the Sugar Bowl. Alabama’s defense dominated in a 34-13 victory.

1993: Florida State

The Bowl Coalition didn’t make 1993 any easier. Auburn finished as the only undefeated team, but did not participate in post-season play because they were on NCAA Probation. Florida State played Notre Dame in a “Game of the Century” as a #1 vs. #2 matchup. Florida State lost 31-24, but Notre Dame lost the next week to Boston College 41-39. The Bowl Coalition had #1 Florida State face undefeated #2 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, despite #3 Notre Dame beating Florida State and only having one loss. #1 Florida State beat #2 Nebraska 18-16 in the Orange Bowl. Florida State is your National Champions.  

1994: Nebraska

It finally happened where a Big Ten team not part of the Bowl Coalition finished undefeated. #2 Penn State went undefeated, but instead of squaring off against undefeated #1 Nebraska, they played #12 Oregon. #1 Nebraska beat #3 Miami in the Orange Bowl 24-17 for the National Champion.

1995: Nebraska

In 1995 the Bowl Coalition was replaced with the Bowl Alliance which paired the top two teams up against each other by adding the point totals from the AP Poll and Coaches Poll (the Big Ten and Pac-10 were still excluded). It didn’t matter in 1995 when Nebraska was one of the most dominant teams in College Football history as their closest game all season was 14 points and their average margin of victory was by 38.6 points. This included wins over #2 Florida, #5 Colorado, #7 Kansas State, and #9 Kansas by an average of 30.8 points. Nebraska won the Fiesta Bowl 62-24 against Steve Spurrier’s #2 Florida team.

1996: Florida

Florida was given a second opportunity by the Bowl Alliance. After Florida and Florida State faced off as 10-0 teams in late November, Florida State beat Florida by a field goal. Florida State went to #1 and Florida dropped to #3. However, undefeated #2 Arizona State did not play against Florida State because they were not in the bowl alliance. Instead, #2 Arizona State went to the Rose Bowl and lost to #4 Ohio State.

#3 Florida got their chance at a rematch and defeated #1 Florida State 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl.

1997: Nebraska

It was the last year of the Bowl Alliance which forced the Big 10 and Pac-10 winners to face off in the Rose Bowl. In 1997, Michigan and Nebraska both went undefeated but did not face each other because of Michigan’s obligation to play in the Rose Bowl. Michigan squeaked out a 21-16 victory over #8 Washington State. Nebraska on the other hand dominated #3 Tennessee 42-17, a month after their 54-15 Big 12 Championship over #14 Texas A&M. Nebraska’s resume gives them the edge over Michigan.

Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Era (1998-2013)

College Football finally figured it out by eliminating Big Ten and the Pac-10’s obligation for the Rose Bowl and finally instituted a true National Championship. The issue moved to the BCS formula which was a combination of the AP Poll, Coaches Poll, and a computer calculation. The computer calculation factored in strength of schedule, margin of victory, and quality wins. The formula was tweaked throughout the BCS era before a playoff was instituted. While the BCS wasn’t perfect, it finally established a #1 vs. #2 National Championship.

1998: Tennessee

The first year of the BCS Championship game was generally controversy-free as it matched undefeated #1 Tennessee against #2 Florida State. Tennessee won 23-16 against Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl.

1999: Florida State

The BCS again brought two undefeated teams together as #1 Florida State faced a Michael Vick led #2 Virginia Tech. Vick put on a great show, but Florida State came out on top 46-29.

2000: Oklahoma

The first year with major controversy to the BCS. Oklahoma went undefeated during the regular season. The final spot was between one loss Miami and one loss Florida State… except Florida State’s one loss was to Miami. The BCS somehow calculated Florida State over Miami. #1 Oklahoma beat #3 Florida State 13-2 in the National Championship.

2001: Miami

The BCS readjusted their formula after 2000… it did more harm than good. The question was who was going to play undefeated #1 Miami? Nebraska was #2 going into their last game regular season game against Colorado; they were blown out 62-36 and shut out of the Big 12 Championship game. The BCS still selected Nebraska despite Oregon also only having one loss and winning the Pac-10. Miami demolished Nebraska 37-14 in the National Championship.

2002: Ohio State

The National Championship brought undefeated #1 Miami and #2 Ohio State against each other. While there wasn’t any controversy with the teams included the National Championship, there was controversy in OT when the ref called a very late pass Interception against Miami. The call cost Miami the championship as Ohio State won 31-24 in OT.

2003: LSU

The last year there was a split National Champion as USC won the AP National Championship and LSU won the BCS/Coaches. 2003 was the nightmare scenario for the BCS as LSU, USC, and Oklahoma all finished with one loss. LSU and USC lost close games earlier in the season, but Oklahoma was blown out in the Big 12 Championship by #12 Kansas State 35-7. The BCS rankings spit out LSU and Oklahoma and LSU won 21-14. USC beat #4 Michigan 28-14 in the Rose Bowl. Oklahoma ruined the USC and LSU matchup… but LSU still has the better resume and the National Championship.

2004: USC

Another disaster year for the BCS where five teams went undefeated: USC, Oklahoma, Auburn, Utah, and Boise State. Auburn won the Sugar Bowl against #9 Virginia Tech in a close one… meanwhile USC dominated Oklahoma 55-19. USC are your 2004 National Champions and this marks the last year of national championship controversy.

2005: Texas

A season for the ages. Both Texas and USC were the only undefeated teams by the end of the season. Vince Young led the Longhorns to a 41-38 victory in the National Championship.

2006: Florida

#2 Florida defeated #1 Ohio State in the National Championship with their two quarterbacks Chris Leake and Tim Tebow

2007: LSU

In one of the wildest college football seasons of all-time, it was the year of the upset. The team ranked #2 lost seven out of the final nine weeks. During the final weeks #1 Missouri lost in the Big 12 Championship to Oklahoma and #2 West Virginia blew a shot at the National Championship when they lost to rival Pittsburgh. The crazy season ended up with #2 LSU beating Ohio State 38-24 and becoming the first two-loss champion. LSU never lost in regulation though as both their losses were in triple overtime.  

2008: Florida

There were no undefeated teams during the season as #1 Oklahoma was slotted to play #2 Florida. Florida beat Oklahoma 24-14 behind Tim Tebow.

2009: Alabama

Undefeated SEC Champion Alabama faced off against undefeated Big 12 Champion Texas in the National Championship. Colt McCoy was injured in the first quarter and Alabama went on to win 37-21.

2010: Auburn

Cam Newton led Auburn to an undefeated season in his first year as a JUCO transfer. Auburn defeated Oregon 22-19 with a last second field goal.

2011: Alabama

Alabama needed an Oklahoma State late season overtime loss to Iowa State in order to get their rematch with LSU. After losing the first game 9-6 in OT, Alabama won 21-0 (21-Zereaux).

2012: Alabama

Alabama suffered a heart breaking 29-24 loss to Texas A&M on November 10th. The Crimson Tide had some luck as #1 Oregon and #2 Kansas State both went down the following week. Alabama ran the rest of the table and blew out Notre Dame in the National Championship 42-14. Ohio State went 12-0 during the 2012 season, but was ineligible for post season play.

2013: Florida State

The final year of the BCS was a wild one as Auburn got the final spot in the National Championship to play Florida State after the “Kick-Six” victory against Alabama. Jameis Winston and Florida State capped off the 2013 season with a 34-31 win to go 14-0.

College Football Playoff Era (2014-Present)

Other than UCF for some reason claiming the 2017 National Championship, the playoff has made naming the National Champion easy as the top four teams settle it on the field. While it isn’t perfect, it is a much more efficient solution to naming a National Champion.

2014: Ohio State

Ohio State won the first College Football Playoffs being led by Cardale Jones. The Buckeyes beat Alabama 42-35 and Oregon 42-20.

2015: Alabama

Alabama overcame an early season loss to make the playoffs as a 2 seed. Alabama ran behind Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry to beat Michigan State 38-0 and Clemson 45-40.

2016: Clemson

Deshaun Watson and Clemson came back for revenge in 2016. Clemson beat Ohio State 31-0 and Alabama 35-31 on a last second pass to Hunter Renfrow.

2017: Alabama

Alabama snuck into the playoffs as a one-loss for the final spot. Alabama went on to beat Clemson 24-6 and Georgia 26-23 in overtime with a freshman to freshman connection of Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta Smith.

UCF self-proclaims this National Championship even though their top wins were against #10 Auburn, #21 South Florida, and #25 Memphis. The AP Poll voted #6 and I concur (actually I would rank one-loss Rose Bowl champion Wisconsin over UCF so #7 like the Coaches). Great season UCF… but you are not National Champions.

2018: Clemson

Trevor Lawrence and a fantastic Clemson squad dominated the playoffs beating Notre Dame 30-3 and Alabama 44-16.

2019: LSU

Joe Burrow and LSU had one of the greatest teams of all-time as they beat Oklahoma 63-28 and Clemson 42-25.

2020: Alabama

In one of the strangest college football years ever, COVID-19 forced the colleges to play conference-only regular season games. Alabama finished the year 13-0 beating Notre Dame 31-14 and Ohio State 52-24 in the playoffs.

2021 Mock Draft – Vesely

By: Tyler Vesely, TGIS Prez

Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

I believe there should have been more of a debate between Lawrence and Zach Wilson, but you can’t go wrong with either. Jaguars snag their QB of the future.

2. New York Jets

Pick: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

The Jets had the difficult decision to make between retaining Sam Darnold or take their chances with Zach Wilson. They decided back in early April that Wilson was their man.

3. San Fransisco 49ers

Pick: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Here is where the NFL draft gets interesting. The 49ers traded a boatload of picks to go up to get their quarterback. But is their quarterback Mac Jones or Trey Lance? Kyle Shanahan will love what Mac Jones can bring to his offense.

4. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The Falcons should seriously consider taking Justin Fields at this spot as Matt Ryan is turning 36 years old and has shown a decline in play. However, from all insider sources, the Falcons are going to build around Ryan. An offense with Julio, Calvin Ridley, and Pitts should be fun.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Jamarr Chase, WR, LSU

Jamarr Chase or Penei Sewell? The Bengals have the luxury of deciding between two premier players at areas of need. I believe the Bengals will reunite Chase and Burrow and focus on the offensive line in the 2nd round.

6. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Dolphins lacked playmakers at the receiver position last year. That changes after they pick Jaylen Waddle who fits perfectly along side Devante Parker and recently signed Will Fuller.

7. Detroit Lions

Pick: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Lions need to upgrade their entire roster. Might as well take a franchise left tackle and worry about upgrading the receivers later (Tyrell Williams, Breshaud Perriman, Quintez Cephus, and Geronimo Allison isn’t going to get it done).

8. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Are the Panthers go all in on Sam Darnold or bring in a backup plan? I would build around Darnold, but I’m thinking Carolina goes with Justin Fields as too good to pass up.

9. Denver Broncos

Pick: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

After trading for Teddy Bridgewater the Broncos have finished bringing in competition for Drew Lock. The trade frees up the Broncos to boost their offensive line with Rashawn Slater.

10. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Cowboys secondary was awful last year. Particularly, they have a hole at corner opposite Trevon Diggs. Look for the Cowboys to reunite the 2019 Alabama corners as the Cowboys starters in 2021.

11. New York Giants

Pick: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Devonta Smith at this spot is too good to pass up. It would give Daniel Jones another weapon for an offense that really needs it.

12. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

The Eagles need more talent at the cornerback position behind Avante Maddox and Darius Slay. Picking Horn can free up the decision to move Maddox to nickel with Horn and Slay as outside corners. That is a pretty solid starting secondary…

13. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

The Chargers are reportedly excited about Trey Pipkins at left tackle. So instead of reaching for a tackle, they can draft a major impact player at the linebacker spot (even with them drafting Kenneth Murray last year).

14. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC

After losing Riley Reiff the Vikings offensive line is a mess. Alijah Vera-Tucker started at left tackle for USC and has the talent to play anywhere on the line. This will give the Vikings flexibility and talent to continue to protect Kirk Cousins.

15. New England Patriots

Pick: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.

The Patriots get their longterm quarterback as Lance falls down to this spot. I believe a team, like the Patriots, could trade up for Trey Lance (but I don’t project trades). Trey Lance can take a year to get comfortable behind Cam Newton.

16. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

I know the Cardinals took Simmons last year, but this is another scheme diverse linebacker who projects to fill a future need for the Cardinals. Collins plays between 260 and 270 pounds, but is still one of the more athletic linebackers in the draft. Collins gives the Cardinals another really good player in their front seven.

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Pick: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

Mike Mayock loves big school players. After releasing Maurice Hurst, Barmore can slide right in as a pass rushing interior defensive lineman.

18. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Kwitty Paye, EDGE, Michigan

After releasing Kyle Van Now and trading Shaq Lawson, it is time for the Dolphins to get another edge rusher. Kwitty Paye is a perfect compliment to current Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

19. Washington Football Team

Pick: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Coach Ron Rivera called out the linebacking unit for being too hesitant. JOK is anything but hesitant as a big hitter on defense. JOK gives the Football team a compliment to current linebackers Cole Holcomb and Jon Bostic.

20. Chicago Bears

Pick: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

The Bears lost Bobby Massie at right tackle. Teven Jenkins fits perfectly to slide right in. Jenkins is one of the best run blockers in the draft and will give the Bears an instant upgrade.

21. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

The Colts need a left tackle after Anthony Castonzo retired. Christian Darrisaw fits in perfectly to protect Carson Wentz.

22. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

The Titans lost both Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson leaving them increbly thin at cornerback. Getting Newsome here is solid considering other draft experts put him in the same category as Horn and Surtain (not me).

23. New York Jets

Pick: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

The Jets got their franchise quarterback with their first pick and now they have to protect him. Alex Leatherwood gives the Jets an immediate upgrade as a player with position flexibility at either guard or tackle.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Steelers need a play making running back after struggling to run the ball last year. This is the area where Najee Harris will go as a do-it-all guy who instantly improves an offense.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

The Jaguars talent at safety is severely lacking. Moehrig provides an immediate upgrade as one of the cleanest players in the draft.

26. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami

The Browns have a one year deal with Jadaveon Clowney and need a long term option outside of Myles Garrett. Grabbing Phillips this late would be a great pick.

27. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Baltimore is in the wide receiver market after missing on a few free agent wide receivers. Elijah Moore is widely regarded the number four wideout in the draft and would fit Baltimore’s offense as a small receiver who can get open quick.

28. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

After losing Janoris Jenkins, the Saints need to reload at cornerback. Caleb Farley has some medical concerns with his back, but has top 15 talent in this draft.

29. Green Bay Packers

Pick: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida

Green Bay’s new defensive coordinator Joe Barry loves hybrid safeties. Richie Grant fits that role as someone that can cover man-to-man or ballhawk from the free safety position.

30. Buffalo Bills

Pick: Travis Etienne Jr., RB, Clemson

The Bills have Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, but they are best as complimentary running backs. Travis Etienne gives them a home run threat out of the backfield who also excels as a receiver.

31. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Ravens lost three outside linebackers off last years team. Ojulari provides them a needed pass rusher for the defense.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

The Bucs really don’t have a huge area of need. Joe Tryon gives them a pass rusher of the future behind Shaquans Barrett and JPP.

Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington

34. New York Jets

Pick: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

35. Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami

36. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama

37. Philadelphia Eagles

Pick: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

38. Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

39. Carolina Panthers

Pick: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

40. Denver Broncos

Pick: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

41. Detroit Lions

Pick: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

42. New York Giants

Pick: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

43. San Fransisco 49ers

Pick: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

44. Dallas Cowboys

Pick: Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa

45. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

46. New England Patriots

Pick: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

47. Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

48. Las Vegas Raiders

Pick: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota St.

49. Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

50. Miami Dolphins

Pick: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

51. Washington Redskins

Pick: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

52. Chicago Bears

Pick: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

53. Tennessee Titans

Pick: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

54. Indianapolis Colts

Pick: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami

55. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick: Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater

56. Seattle Seahawks

Pick: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

57. Los Angeles Rams

Pick: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

58. Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

59. Cleveland Browns

Pick: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

60. New Orleans Saints

Pick: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

61. Buffalo Bills

Pick: Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

62. Green Bay Packers

Pick: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

63. Kansas City Chiefs

Pick: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

TGIS NFL Draft Position Rankings


4JustinFieldsOhio St.6026227JR
5TreyLanceNorth Dakota St.6037224SO
7KellenMondTexas A&M6025211SR
9IanBookNotre Dame6000211SR
2JavonteWilliamsNorth Carolina5095212JR
3TravisEtienne Jr.Clemson5101215SR
5MichaelCarterNorth Carolina5077201SR
6TreySermonOhio State6003215SR
7KylinHillMississippi State5104214SR
8ChubaHubbardOklahoma St.6000210JR
10KhalilHerbertVirginia Tech5087210SR
11JermarJeffersonOregon State5101206JR
13LarryRountree IIIMissouri5105211SR
17KennyNwangwuIowa State6001210SR
18GaryBrightwellArizona St.5106218SR
4DyamiBrownNorth Carolina6005189JR
5ElijahMooreOle Miss5094178JR
9D’WayneEskridgeWestern Michigan5086190SR
11TylanWallaceOklahoma State5113194SR
12CadeJohnsonSouth Dakota St.5105184SR
15Amon-RaSt. BrownUSC5114197JR
20FrankDarbyArizona State6000201SR
23JaelonDardenNorth Texas5075174SR
25SageSurrattWake Forest6024209JR
28ShiSmithSouth Carolina5094186SR
31JonathanAdamsArkansas St.6020210SR
32AustinWatkins Jr.UAB6014207SR
34DazzNewsomeNorth Carolina5101190SR
35TamorrionTerryFlorida State6026207SR
36BenSkowronekNotre Dame6027220SR
40MarlonWilliamsCentral Florida5112209SR
42TJVasherTexas Tech6052185SR
3PatFreiermuthPenn St.6050251JR
4HunterLongBoston College6050254JR
5KennyYeboahOle Miss6037250SR
6TommyTrembleNotre Dame6033241JR
9ZachDavidsonCentral Missouri6065245SR
10JohnBatesBoise State6053250SR
13MattBushmanBrigham Young6045245SR
14QuintinMorrisBowlin Green6022243SR
15BrileyMooreKansas State6042240SR
16LukeFarrellOhio State6054251SR
3TevenJenkinsOklahoma State6057317SR
7ChristianDarrisawVirginia Tech6046322SR
9DillonRadunzNorth Dakota State6056301SR
10LiamEichenbergNotre Dame6061306SR
13SpencerBrownNorthern Iowa6082311SR
17D’AnteSmithEast Carolina6053305SR
19JaylonMooreWestern Michigan6041311SR
21TommyDoyleMiami (Ohio)6080320SR
23DanMoooreTexas A&M6055311SR
2WyattDavisOhio State6035310JR
5AaronBanksNotre Dame6053325SR
7DavidMooreGrambling State6015330SR
8RobertJonesMiddle Tennessee6042307SR
9RobertHainseyNotre Dame6044306SR
10JaredHockerTexas A&M6060327SR
11JackAndersonTexas Tech6046309JR
12SadariusHutchersonSouth Carolina6033321SR
13RoyceNewmanOle Miss6052310SR
15WilliamFriesPenn St.6063309SR
4JoshMyersOhio State6052310JR
8MichalMenetPenn State6041301SR


4BobbyBrownTexas A&M6040321JR
6MiltonWilliamsLouisiana Tech6032284SR
7AlimMcNeilNC State6017317JR
10TommyTogiaiOhio State6014296JR
13DariusStillsWest Virginia6004278SR
14MarvinWilsonFlorida State6037303SR
20NaquanJonesMichigan State6033313SR
5PatrickJones IIPittsburgh6042261SR
7JaysonOwehPenn State6047257JR
12CarlosBasham Jr.Wake Forest6032274SR
17DaelinHayesNotre Dame6034253SR
18JoshuaKaindohFlorida St.6056260SR
20JanariusRobinsonFlorida State6053263SR
22ElersonSmithNorthern Iowa6064262SR
25ShakaToneyPenn State6024242SR
26JonathonCooperOhio State6024254SR
28HamilcarRashedOregon State6023251JR
29SamWilliamsOle Miss6030258SR
30TarronJacksonCoastal Carolina6021254SR
1MicahParsonsPenn State6031246JR
3JeremiahOwusu-KoramoahNotre Dame6014221JR
6BaronBrowningOhio State6026245SR
8 ChazzSurrattNorth Carolina6021229SR
12PeteWernerOhio State6027238SR
14TonyFields IIWest Virginia6002222SR
16BuddyJohnsonTexas A&M6004229SR
17ErnestJonesSouth Carolina6014230JR
19IsaiahMcDuffieBoston College6012227SR
21AnthonyHinesTexas A&M6022225JR
23RileyColeSouth Alabama6026240SR
24AmenOgbongbemigaOklahoma St.6007231SR
25TufBorlandOhio State6002229SR
26JustinHilliardOhio State6004229SR
28ErrollThompsonMississippi State6004239SR
30AntjuanSimmonsMichigan State5115218SR
1PatrickSurtain IIAlabama6020208JR
2JayceeHornSouth Carolina6006205JR
3CalebFarleyVirginia Tech6017197JR
6GregNewsome IINorthwestern6000192JR
10AsanteSamuel Jr.Florida State5101181JR
14ZechMcPherasonTexas Tech5105196SR
15BenjaminSt. JusteMinnesota6032202JR
16ThomasGraham Jr.Oregon5103192SR
17RobertRochellCentral Arkansas5116193SR
19ShakurBrownMichigan State5096185JR
21ShaunWadeOhio State6005196JR
22TayGowanCentral Florida6007186SR
26BryanMillsNC Central6011174SR
28ShemarJean-CharlesAppalachian St.5103184SR
29DarrenHallSan Diego St.5112188SR
30AntonioPhillipsBall State5116186SR
31KaryVincent Jr.LSU5096185SR
32AveryWilliamsBoise State5083187SR
33IsraelMukuamuSouth Carolina6041212JR
34NahshonWrightOregon St.6042183JR
35MichaelCarter IIDuke5095184SR
2RichieGrantCentral Florida5115197SR
5HamsahNasirildeenFlorida State6032215SR
7DivineDeabloVirginia Tech6032226SR
17ChristianUphoffIllinois St.6020209SR
22TariqThompsonSan Diego St.5106204SR



5MicahParsonsLBPenn State6031246
9PatrickSurtain IICBAlabama6020208
11JustinFieldsQBOhio St.6026227
15JayceeHornCBSouth Carolina6006205
18TevenJenkinsOTOklahoma State6057317
19JeremiahOwusu-KoramoahLBNotre Dame6014221
20CalebFarleyCBVirginia Tech6017197
26TreyLanceQBNorth Dakota St.6037224
28RichieGrantSCentral Florida5115197
30DyamiBrownWRNorth Carolina6005189
32ElijahMooreWROle Miss5094178
34JavonteWilliamsRBNorth Carolina5095212
38GregNewsome IICBNorthwestern6000192
41BaronBrowningLBOhio State6026245
43ChristianDarrisawOTVirginia Tech6046322
47TravisEtienne Jr.RBClemson5101215
53BobbyBrownDLTexas A&M6040321
54PatrickJones IIEDGEPittsburgh6042261
55D’WayneEskridgeWRWestern Michigan5086190
61AsanteSamuel Jr.CBFlorida State5101181
62JaysonOwehEDGEPenn State6047257
64WyattDavisOGOhio State6035310
67DillonRadunzOTNorth Dakota State6056301
68PatFreiermuthTEPenn St.6050251
71LiamEichenbergOTNotre Dame6061306
74MichaelCarterRBNorth Carolina5077201
76TylanWallaceWROklahoma State5113194
77HunterLongTEBoston College6050254
79CadeJohnsonWRSouth Dakota St.5105184
82TreySermonRBOhio State6003215
83KellenMondQBTexas A&M6025211
84 ChazzSurrattLBNorth Carolina6021229
86MiltonWilliamsDLLouisiana Tech6032284
87AlimMcNeilDLNC State6017317
88CarlosBasham Jr.EDGEWake Forest6032274
89JoshMyersCOhio State6052310
93HamsahNasirildeenSFlorida State6032215
98SpencerBrownOTNorthern Iowa6082311
105Amon-RaSt. BrownWRUSC5114197
109KennyYeboahTEOle Miss6037250
112DivineDeabloSVirginia Tech6032226
113TommyTrembleTENotre Dame6033241
114ZechMcPherasonCBTexas Tech5105196
115PeteWernerLBOhio State6027238
120BenjaminSt. JusteCBMinnesota6032202
122KylinHillRBMississippi State5104214
123AaronBanksOGNotre Dame6053325
125ChubaHubbardRBOklahoma St.6000210
132TonyFields IILBWest Virginia6002222
133FrankDarbyWRArizona State6000201
135ThomasGraham Jr.CBOregon5103192
139TommyTogiaiDLOhio State6014296
140RobertRochellCBCentral Arkansas5116193
141DaelinHayesEDGENotre Dame6034253
147D’AnteSmithOTEast Carolina6053305
148JaelonDardenWRNorth Texas5075174
150DavidMooreOGGrambling State6015330
151ShakurBrownCBMichigan State5096185
154DariusStillsDLWest Virginia6004278
156RobertJonesOGMiddle Tennessee6042307
158RobertHainseyOGNotre Dame6044306
159ShaunWadeCBOhio State6005196
160JoshuaKaindohEDGEFlorida St.6056260
161SageSurrattWRWake Forest6024209
163KhalilHerbertRBVirginia Tech5087210
167MarvinWilsonDLFlorida State6037303
171JermarJeffersonRBOregon State5101206
172IanBookRBNotre Dame6000211
173BuddyJohnsonLBTexas A&M6004229
175ErnestJonesLBSouth Carolina6014230

Bowl Mania Picks (Part 2)

2020 SEASON RECORD: 79-56-1 (58.1%)

2020 Bowl Record: 4-2

TGIS continues to stay at around 60% after a good Bowl Week start… HERE ARE THE REST OF THE BOWL PICKS

Bowl Game Picks (All Times CST)

December 25th

Buffalo (-6.5) vs. Marshall – 1:30pm

I’ll never forget about Marshall getting beat 20-0 against Rice… take Buffalo 

December 26th

Louisiana Lafayette vs. UTSA (+14) – 2:30pm

Reminder: UTSA’s game against BYU was single digits… take the points.

Georgia State (-3.5) vs. Western Kentucky – 2:30pm

The Panthers are the much better team than a Western Kentucky that struggles against better teams. Take Georgia State.

Coastal Carolina vs. Liberty (+7) – 6:30pm

Liberty is a good football team that just might win. Coastal Carolina struggled against an average Troy team and I don’t think they finish undefeated, take the points and sprinkle the moneyline.

December 29th

#18 Miami (+3.5) vs #21 Oklahoma State – 4:30pm

I’ve learned this year I can’t trust Spencer Sanders. On the other hand, D’Eriq King will have a great game and give the Pokes Defense something they haven’t seen. Miami wins by a TD.

#20 Texas (-10) vs. Colorado – 8:00pm

Sure Texas has had players opt out… but I’m not buying the Buffs are as good as their record says they are. Texas in a blowout.

December 30th

Wake Forest (+9) vs. Wisconsin – 8:00pm

Wisconsin’s offense has gone flat scoring just over 9 points per game over the last four games. Take the points and take the win.

Oklahoma vs. Florida (+7) – 8:00pm

Kyle Trask is going out with a bang. The Sooner defense has not seen an offense like Florida’s which I fully expect to score at least 50. The Florida Defense gets enough stops to win.

December 31st

#24 Tulsa vs. Mississippi State (+2.5) – 8:00pm

Expect a low scoring slug fest. Both defenses are great but the Bulldogs have just a little bit more offense to win or at least cover. 

Ball State vs. San Jose State (-7.5) – 8:00pm

San Jose State is undefeated and will look to finish that way behind the leadership of QB Nick Starkel. Ball State has been messing around in the MAC and will lose by double digits to San Jose State.

West Virginia vs. Army (+9) – 8:00pm

Army was begging for a game and they will come out to play. Army plays slow so nine points is way too many. Also sprinkle the moneyline.

January 1st

#8 Cincinnati vs. #9 Georgia (-7) – 11:00am

The Bulldogs are playing some of their best football with JT Daniels. I don’t think the Bearcats will be able to score enough to keep up. Especially considering how poorly the AAC has done this bowl season.

Auburn (+3.5) vs. #14 Northwestern – Noon

Sure the coaching staff is a mess. But Northwestern won’t be able to move the ball on Auburn. Auburn will muster a few scores for the win.

#1 Alabama (-19) vs. #4 Notre Dame – 3:00pm

Bama is just too good for Notre Dames defense to stop them and Ian Book won’t be able to put up enough points to keep up. Bama by 30.

#2 Clemson (-7.5) vs. #3 Ohio State – 7:00pm

To beat Ohio State you have to be able to throw against their poor secondary. Well… Trevor Lawrence is going to have a field day. Clemson BIG.

January 2nd

#23 NC State (+2.5) vs. Kentucky – 11:00am

Kentucky had a disappointing year including only a 3 point win over Vanderbilt. NC State has been battle tested in close games. Take the points in this close matchup.

Ole Miss (+8.5) vs. #11 Indiana – 11:30pm

Don’t forget Indiana is on their backup QB. Meaning I can’t see them scoring enough points to keep up with  Lane Kiffin’s offense. Ole Miss not only covers… but wins also.

#25 Oregon (+4.5) vs. #10 Iowa State – 3:00pm

Iowa State will struggle to move the ball against a tough Oregon defense. Expect a close defensive battle… so take the points.

#5 Texas A&M (-7.5) vs. #13 North Carolina – 7:00pm

North Carolina has had too many players opt out. Texas A&M is also looking to prove something after being left out of the playoffs. Texas A&M in a blowout.


2020 SEASON RECORD: 79-56-1 (58.1%)

We flirted with over60%, but a rough Week 15 put us just under. Anyways… HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BOWL PICKS:

Bowl Game Picks (All Times CST)

Appalachian State (-19) vs. North Texas – Monday 1:30pm

North Texas defense is awful. Appalachian State will score at will and 19 points really isn’t that much. App State covers.

Tulane (-3.5) vs. Nevada – Tuesday 6:00pm

Tulane is a good AAC team that went down to the wire with Tulsa. I don’t really trust Nevada after many close games against average Moutain West teams… Tulane wins by a touchdown.

#16 BYU (-4) vs. UCF – Tuesday 6:00pm

UCF has given up an average of 41 points the past week to South Florida and Cincinnati. BYU and Zach Wilson will run it up on UCF.

Georgia Southern (-4) vs. Louisiana Tech– Wednesday 2:00pm

Trust the triple option during Bowl week. Louisiana Tech won’t have much practice time to learn to stop it… Georgia Southern runs it all over Louisiana Tech.

Memphis vs FAU (+10.5)– Wednesday 6:00pm

This isn’t last year’s Memphis and this is too many points. FAU covers.

Houston vs. Hawaii (+13) – Thursday 2:30pm

Way too many points for a 3-4 Houston team… might even sprinkle on the moneyline for Hawaii.

Week 15 College Football Preview

2020 SEASON RECORD: 77-51-0 (60.2%)

WE ARE OVER 60%!!! Easily one of the highest percentages in College Football Nation. The Mac Jones of pick’em this year… SO HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Week 15 Games of the Week (All Times CST)

#3 Clemson vs. #2 Notre Dame (+10.5) – Saturday 7:00pm

Notre Dame proved they could play with Clemson the first time, they definitely can do it again. Too much is being made out of Trevor Lawrence not playing when DJU played very well. Overall, I think Clemson wins because of injured players coming back on defense… but it will be close.

Pick: Clemson 30-24

#1 Alabama (-17) vs. #7 Florida – Saturday 7:00pm

Why would I stop trusting Alabama? Especially after they keep beating teams by 30 and Fraudulent Florida poked their head out last week. Bama huge and Devonta Smith for Heisman.

Pick: Alabama 51-24

Top Picks of the Week

Oregon (+3) at #13 USC – Friday 7:00pm

Oregon backs their way into this game and I’m taking the points. USC plays all teams close, including a bad Arizona team.

#14 Northwestern vs #4 Ohio State (-19) – Saturday 11:00am

19 points isn’t enough. To compete with Ohio State you have to throw the football… Northwestern can’t do that. Ohio State big.

#10 Oklahoma vs #6 Iowa State (+6) – Saturday 11:00am

Iowa State beat the same Oklahoma team once… why would I not think they could keep it close again?

Missouri (-1.5) at Mississippi State– Saturday 2:30pm

People need to stop pretending the 2-7 Mississippi State football team is good… they’re not. Missouri wins.

Ole Miss (-1) at LSU – Saturday 2:30pm

Do not be fooled by LSU… they are still not good offensively. No way LSU will be able to keep up with Ole Miss’s offense.

Tulsa (+14.5) at #9 Cincinnati – Saturday 7:00pm

This will be a low scoring slugfest. So of course I’m taking Tulsa and the points. Maybe even a little moneyline sprinkle.


2020 SEASON RECORD: 74-50-0 (59.7%)

Another great week and we are almost to 60%.. It is a smaller slate this week…. SO HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S PICKS:

Week 14 Game of the Week (All Times CST)

Army (-7.5) vs. Navy – Saturday 11:00am

This rivalry could go either way… but we are trusting Army.

Pick: Army 24-13

Top Picks of the Week

#1 Alabama (-32) at Arkansas – Saturday 11:00am

Alabama continues its dominance. 32 points is not enough.

LSU at #6 Florida (-22.5) – Saturday 6:00pm

Florida is going to put it on. Not as bas as Alabama, but close.

#22 Oklahoma State (-5) at Baylor – Saturday 6:00pm

Texas A&M struggled last week against a LSU team that stinks. Auburn can keep it close.