Tell me, is there any money in claiming old national championships? Because I’d hate to think Auburn’s flirting with national ridicule simply to try to keep up with Alabama’s example.
Jacobs said the consensus from Auburn fans so far is “pretty strong” that the university should retroactively count past championships.
Alabama, the bitter in-state rival of Auburn, has questionably counted national titles for years. Alabama claims 15 national championships, but counted only six until the mid-1980s.
One of the titles claimed by Alabama is from 1941, when the Crimson Tide lost two games and undefeated Minnesota was widely recognized the consensus champion. Alabama had a final AP ranking of No. 20 and finished third in the SEC. Alabama claims 1941 because it was No. 1 in the Houlgate System, a mathematical rating from 1927 to 1958 that ran in syndicated newspapers.
How truly silly is this? This silly:
For instance, the National Championship Foundation recognizes Auburn as a national champion in 1993 (when the Tigers were on NCAA probation and served a postseason ban) with Florida State, Notre Dame and Nebraska. Florida State is widely considered the only national champion in 1993.
The National Championship Foundation was created in 1980 by Mike Riter of Hudson, N.Y., to retroactively count pre-1980 national titles. The foundation also started naming champions in current time.
So, like I asked, is there any money in this? ‘Cause I’m wondering if we’re underutilizing the Mumme Poll. I can be as open for business as the next Mike Riter of Hudson, N.Y.