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Ranking the best college football teams that didn't win a national title 🏈
Winning a national title in college football generally requires both greatness and a little bit of luck, and some of the greatest teams in the sport's history haven't gotten quite enough of the latter to emerge with a ring. As we slowly gear up for another season, let's take a moment to admire some of those who fell just short. Here are the 50 best teams to not win a national title.
This being college football, of course, we need some specifications. Since approximately 14,038,342 teams have claimed national titles through the years, we're going to define "national titles" as those specified by The Associated Press and coaches' polls. That eliminates teams from before polls started in 1936, and it eliminates title claims that stemmed from retroactive computer ratings or other sources.