What School Has Won The Most College Football National Championships?
Photo by Russell Costanza-USA TODAY Sports
The Most national Championships in College Football By School
College Football Stats and Lists
College Football National Championships can differ depending on what data set is used to include a championship or not include a championship.
While College Football officially began in 1869 and the College Football Data Warehouse contains information going back that far, there was never a true way to determine a CFB National Champion until the Poll Era began in 1936. Some may not agree with the numbers here because they don’t include years outside of the poll era, here are the most National Championships won by a school. Get College Football Picks and College Football Predictions all season and every game at Sports Chat Place.
12 Championships - Alabama - Alabama has gotten it done in every decade since the 1960’s except for the 1980’s. Regardless of the coaching staffs, the players, or what is considered to be the trends of the current day, the Alabama crimson Tide have seemed to always find a way to be at the top of the heap at the end of the season.
8 Championships - Notre Dame - Because of the time frame reflected, some of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s great teams are excluded like those from the 1920’s. While Notre Dame is still s standard in College Football, they last won a championship in 1988.
7 Championships - Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Sooners seem to always be in the mix when it comes to the College football National Championship race but it has been over 20 years since the Sooners last won a title.
7 Championships - USC - Four of USC’s seven championships were split polls where the coaches and media didn’t agree at the end of the season. Tis number also includes the USC Trojans 2004 title which they later had to vacate.
6 Championships- Ohio State - Ohio State went 32 years between National Championships between 1968 and 2002 and while they have won just one since they have ben regulars at the top of the rankings during the regular season.
5 Championships - Miami- Miami exploded onto the college football world in 1983 beating Nebraska in the championship as an 18 point underdog and went on to win 3 more titles over an 8 year span. Miami won 4 titles and lost in 5 national title games over an 11 year period in what the Hurricanes refer to as the Decade of Dominance.
5 Championships - Nebraska - Nebraska rode their option to five national titles spanning 27 years including 3 championships in 4 years in 1994-1997.
4 Championships - LSU - LSU has had some great teams over the years but only 4 have gone on to win the hardware at the end of the season. In 2019 LSU went unbeaten and defeated Clemson to win their first Championship in the Playoff Era.
4 Championships -Texas - The Texas Longhorns went 35 years between championships but their most recent in 2005 was one to remember as they knocked off the defending champion USC Trojans in what many consider to be the best championship game ever.
4 Championships- Minnesota - The Minnesota Glen Gophers were dominant at the start of the poll era winning three of their championships before 1942. While Minnesota has had some nice years since, their last CFB Championship was in 1960.
3 Championships - Florida, Florida State, Clemson
2 Championships - Army, Auburn, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee.