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If ND loses either to USC next week or in its bowl, will the AP give tOSU its championship? Has that ever happened to a probation team? I feel like it did in the pre-BCS era, but can't point to it.
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While I'm not 100% sure, I want to say that Oklahoma won the national championship while on probation in either 1974 or 1975 (they won the title both years but I only think they were on probation one of those years).
The better question is: why does anyone care? There isn't now nor has there ever been a legitimate way to crown a college football champion. Go look up what some schools claim as championships. It's really comical.
Even a playoff makes it difficult to crown a champion, though you can then have a tournament champion. Honestly, I don't know why everyone can't just be fine with that.
Exactly. Hell, Tennessee claims 6 NC's but they are bizarre retro championships. College football, while somewhat enjoyable, is not something I can get totally invested into as you never get a real champion. You get who the media likes. There is a reason why the SEC has won 6 straight. yes, they are good, but they get a lot of help from the people who control the sport.
Since the BCS is so heavily based on polls, it's a lot about where you start the season in the polls and when you lose. Just ask 2004 Auburn, 2011 Oklahoma State, and any of the one-loss teams this year that are going to get "left out." It's hilarious to me that last year's "national champion" wasn't even their division champion. And if Notre Dame were to lose to USC, another non division champion would have the "guarantee" of being in the mythical championship game while two teams in their conference who won their divisions have to play once more. Hilarious
On the other hand, cross-division scheduling issues aside, the SEC football championship is a out as legit as you can get. Play all the teams in your division, and the team with the best record represents the division against the other division's best team.
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