The Alabama Crimson Tide are back at the top of the college football mountain after a 45-40 victory of the Clemson Tigers in last night’s College Football Playoff Championship. The win gives Alabama its fourth title win in seven years and coach Nick Saban his fifth National Championship, one shy of former Alabama coach and legend Bear Bryant. Alabama will claim the title as the programs 16th overall National Championship, however the anti-Bama crowd will be quick to question the accuracy of their claim.
Up until the poll era of college football in the 1940s, National Championships were determined by writers of various organizations such as the The Football Thesaurus and the Helms Athletic Foundation among others. In 1964 — after three different publications crowned three different National Champions in Alabama, Arkansas, and Notre Dame — the Associated Press began releasing polls after the Bowl Games were played. (They had previously been released after the final games of the regular season.) Alabama’s first ‘official’ National Title was won during the 1965 season, but the Tide also claims titles in the previous yeas of 1925 -1926, 1930, 1934, 1941 and 1961.