List of FBS College Football National Champions by Year

    Which teams have the distinct honor of calling themselves college football national champions, and just how far does the list go back?

    To be crowned College Football National Champions is the ultimate prize of every 131 FBS program. Across the country, teams fight for one goal, a national championship. As only one team can win for a single year, these teams have the distinct honor of calling themselves national champions forever.

    2020-Current FBS National Champions

    • 2024 | Michigan, 15-0
    • 2023 | Georgia, 15-0
    • 2022 | Georgia, 14-1
    • 2021 | Alabama, 13-0
    • 2020 | LSU, 15-0

    2010-2019 FBS National Champions

    • 2019 | Clemson, 15-0
    • 2018 | Clemson, 15-0
    • 2017 | Alabama, 13-1; UCF, 13-0
    • 2016 | Clemson, 14-1
    • 2015 | Alabama, 14-1
    • 2014 | Ohio State, 14-1
    • 2013 | Florida State, 14-0
    • 2012 | Alabama, 13-1
    • 2011 | Alabama, 12-1
    • 2010 | Auburn, 14-0

    2000-2009 FBS National Champions

    • 2009 | Alabama, 14-0
    • 2008 | Florida, 13-1
    • 2007 | LSU, 12-2
    • 2006 | Florida, 13-1
    • 2005 | Texas, 13-0
    • 2004 | USC, 11-0
    • 2003 | LSU, 13-1
    • 2002 | Ohio State, 14-0
    • 2001 | Miami (FL), 12-0
    • 2000 | Oklahoma, 13-0

    1990-1999 FBS National Champions

    • 1999 | Florida State, 12-0
    • 1998 | Tennessee, 13-0
    • 1997 | Michigan, 12-0; Nebraska, 13-0
    • 1996 | Florida, 12-1
    • 1995 | Nebraska, 12-0
    • 1994 | Nebraska, 13-0
    • 1993 |  Florida State, 12-1
    • 1992 | Alabama, 13-0
    • 1991 |  Miami (FL), 12-0; Washington, 12-0
    • 1990 | Georgia Tech, 11-0-1

    1980-1989 FBS National Champions

    • 1989 | Miami (FL), 11-1
    • 1988 | Notre Dame, 12-0
    • 1987 | Miami (FL), 12-0
    • 1986 | Penn State, 12-0
    • 1985 | Oklahoma, 11-1
    • 1984 | BYU, 13-0
    • 1983 | Miami (FL), 11-1
    • 1982 | Penn State, 11-1
    • 1981 | Clemson, 12-0
    • 1980 | Georgia, 12-0

    1970-1979 FBS National Champions

    • 1979 | Alabama, 12-0
    • 1978 | Alabama, 11-1; USC, 12-1
    • 1977 | Notre Dame, 11-1
    • 1976 | Pittsburgh, 12-0
    • 1975 | Oklahoma, 11-1
    • 1974 | Oklahoma, 11-0; USC, 10-1-1
    • 1973 | Notre Dame, 11-0; Alabama, 11-1
    • 1972 | USC, 12-0
    • 1971 | Nebraska, 13-0
    • 1970 | Nebraska, 11-0-1

    1960-1969 FBS National Champions

    • 1969 | Texas, 11-0
    • 1968 | Ohio State, 10-0
    • 1967 | USC, 10-1
    • 1966 | Notre Dame, 9-0-1; Michigan State, 9-0-1
    • 1965 | Alabama, 9-1-1; Michigan State, 10-1
    • 1964 | Alabama, 10-1; Arkansas, 11-0
    • 1963 | Texas, 11-0
    • 1962 | USC, 11-0
    • 1961 | Alabama, 11-0; Ohio State, 8-0-1
    • 1960 | Minnesota, 8-2; Ole Miss, 10-0-1

    1950-1959 FBS National Champions

    • 1959 | Syracuse, 11-0
    • 1958 | Iowa, 8-1-1
    • 1957 | Auburn, 9-1; Ohio State, 9-1
    • 1956 | Oklahoma, 10-0
    • 1955 | Oklahoma, 11-0
    • 1954 | Ohio State, 10-0; UCLA, 9-0
    • 1953 | Maryland, 10-1
    • 1952 | Michigan State, 9-0
    • 1951 | Tennessee, 10-1
    • 1950 | Oklahoma, 10-1

    1940-1949 FBS National Champions

    • 1949 | Notre Dame, 10-0
    • 1948 | Michigan, 9-0
    • 1947 | Notre Dame, 9-0; Michigan 10-0
    • 1946 | Notre Dame, 8-0-1
    • 1945 | Army, 9-0
    • 1944 | Army, 9-0
    • 1943 | Notre Dame, 9-1
    • 1942 | Ohio State, 9-1
    • 1941 | Minnesota, 8-0
    • 1940 | Minnesota, 8-0

    1930-1939 FBS National Champions

    • 1939 | Texas A&M, 11-0
    • 1938 | TCU, 11-0
    • 1937 | Pittsburgh, 9-0-1
    • 1936 | Minnesota, 7-1
    • 1935 | Minnesota, 8-0
    • 1934 | Minnesota, 8-0
    • 1933 | Michigan, 7-0-1
    • 1932 | Michigan, 8-0
    • 1931 | USC, 10-1
    • 1930 | Notre Dame, 10-0

    1920-1929 FBS National Champions

    • 1929 | Notre Dame, 9-0
    • 1928 | USC, 9-0-1
    • 1927 | Illinois, 7-0-1
    • 1926 | Stanford, 10-0-1
    • 1925 | Dartmouth, 8-0
    • 1924 | Notre Dame, 10-0
    • 1923 | Illinois, 8-0; Michigan, 8-0
    • 1922 | Cal, 9-0; Cornell, 8-0; Iowa, 7-0; Princeton, 8-0; Vanderbilt, 8-0-1
    • 1921 | Cal, 9-0-1; Cornell, 8-0; Iowa, 7-0; Lafayette, 9-0; Vanderbilt, 7-0-1; Washington & Jefferson, 10-0-1
    • 1920 | Cal, 9-0; Princeton, 6-0-1

    1910-1919 FBS National Champions

    • 1919 | Harvard, 9-0-1; Centre, 9-0; Illinois, 6-1; Notre Dame, 9-0; Texas A&M, 10-0
    • 1918 | Michigan, 5-0; Pittsburgh, 4-1
    • 1917 | Georgia Tech, 9-0
    • 1916 | Pittsburgh, 8-0
    • 1915 | Cornell, 9-0
    • 1914 | Illinois, 7-0
    • 1913 | Harvard, 9-0; Auburn, 8-0; Chicago, 7-0
    • 1912 | Harvard, 9-0
    • 1911 | Princeton, 8-0-2
    • 1910 | Harvard, 8-0-1

    1900-1909 FBS National Champions

    • 1909 | Yale, 10-0
    • 1908 | Penn, 11-0-1
    • 1907 | Yale, 9-0-1
    • 1906 | Yale, 9-0-1; Princeton, 9-0-1
    • 1905 | Chicago, 10-0
    • 1904 | Penn, 12-0; Michigan, 10-0; Minnesota 13-0
    • 1903 | Princeton, 11-0; Michigan, 11-0
    • 1902 | Michigan, 11-0; Yale, 11-0-1
    • 1901 | Harvard, 12-0; Michigan, 11-0
    • 1900 | Yale, 12-0

    1890-1899 FBS National Champions

    • 1899 | Harvard, 10-0-1; Princeton, 12-1
    • 1898 | Harvard, 11-0; Princeton, 11-0-1
    • 1897 | Penn, 15-0; Yale, 9-0-2
    • 1896 | Princeton, 10-0-1; Lafayette, 11-0-1
    • 1895 | Penn, 14-0; Yale, 13-0-2
    • 1894 | Yale, 16-0
    • 1893 | Princeton, 11-0
    • 1892 | Yale, 13-0
    • 1891 | Yale, 13-0
    • 1890 | Harvard, 11-0

    1880-1889 FBS National Champions

    • 1889 | Princeton, 10-0
    • 1888 | Yale, 13-0
    • 1887 | Yale, 9-0
    • 1886 | Yale, 9-0-1; Princeton, 7-0-1
    • 1885 | Princeton, 9-0
    • 1884 | Yale, 8-0-1; Princeton, 9-0-1
    • 1883 | Yale, 9-0
    • 1882 | Yale, 8-0
    • 1881 | Princeton, 7-0-2; Yale, 5-0-1
    • 1880 | Yale, 4-0-1; Princeton, 4-0-1

    1869-1879 FBS National Champions

    • 1879 | Princeton, 4-0-1; Yale, 3-0-2
    • 1878 | Princeton, 6-0
    • 1877 | Yale, 3-0-1; Princeton, 2-0-1
    • 1876 | Yale, 3-0
    • 1875 | Harvard, 4-0; Yale, 2-0; Columbia, 4-1-1
    • 1874 | Yale, 3-0; Princeton, 2-0; Harvard, 1-1
    • 1873 | Princeton, 2-0
    • 1872 | Princeton, 1-0; Yale, 1-0
    • 1871 | No games played
    • 1870 | Princeton, 1-0
    • 1869 | Princeton, 1-1; Rutgers, 1-1

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