College Football History

So I'm brushing up on my Ole Miss for tomorrow's Rebels preview, and I stumble across a bounty of...

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So I'm brushing up on my Ole Miss for tomorrow's Rebels preview, and I stumble across a bounty of old stats. Turns out, Ole Miss has its season stats posted all the way back to 1967. Click here for a blown-up screen-cap from 1969. Archie Manning's 1969 stat line: * 154-for-265 passing (58.1%), 1,762 yards (6.6 per pass), 9 TD, 9 INT * 124 carries, 502 yards (4.0 per carry), 14 TD This made him a major Heisman candidate in 1970. (And while we're at it, when you woke up this morning, you and I both know the first question you asked yourself was, "Who was the second-string quarterback for Ole Miss in 1999?" Now you have the answer! Even Eli Manning rotted away on the third string for a while.)

Now Playing: Auburn Vs. Virginia Tech (2005 Sugar Bowl)

This was a game where Virginia Tech fans thought their team should have won, and Auburn fans thought their team should have won by 20. And both had evidence on their respective sides.

Now Playing: Oklahoma Vs. Nebraska (1979 Orange Bowl)

Billy Sims is one of the most unique runners that has ever existed. He was reasonably tall (6'0) and ran upright, offering a large target. But even with a perfect form tackle, one defender couldn't bring him down.

Now Playing: Nebraska Vs. LSU (1971 Orange Bowl)

Following losses by No. 1 Texas (24-11 to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl) and No. 2 Ohio State (27-17 to Stanford in the Rose Bowl), Bob Devaney wrapped up his first national title at Nebraska with a 17-12 win over No. 5 LSU in the Orange Bowl.

Now Playing: Alabama At Mississippi State (1992)

YouTube is an absolute goldmine for finding full college football games at this point. We should probably take advantage of that.

We Have Been Arguing About The Same Things In College Football For 75 Years

Kleph and Todd from Roll Bama Roll put together an interesting couple of posts (here's kleph's) regarding controversial bowl selections in the mid- to late-1930s. All we're missing is a reference to a four- or eight-team playoff, and we will officially have been arguing about the same thing since before World War II.

Our own kleph shares a newspaper clipping showing majority support for a college football playoff...

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Our own kleph shares a newspaper clipping showing majority support for a college football playoff among higher-ups. From 1966. We're never getting a playoff. My favorite part, from an accompanying image at the link above: "Television money has polluted this noble, magnanimous viewpoint."

In 1935, Alabama's head coach Frank Thomas was featured in Sport Story Magazine where he espoused...

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In 1935, Alabama's head coach Frank Thomas was featured in Sport Story Magazine where he espoused his particular philosophy toward the game (he used the Notre Dame system) and his thoughts on that year's Rose Bowl which had been won by the Crimson Tide. Included in the piece was a pair of diagrammed pass plays that Thomas broke down in some detail, explaining that Alabama's effectiveness in the air had been the key to the 29-13 victory over Stanford. The labeled players are Dixie Howell, Don Hutson and the team's "other end" Paul Bryant. If I am not mistaken, this video shows the play in "Diagram No. 1." It's a fascinating little look back at the X's & O's of the game as it was played three-quarters of a century ago.

The Historical

The Historical looks Wisconsin's dramatic upset of Nebraska in 1974, John Heisman's marital strife in 1919 and how Centre College in Kentucky became a football powerhouse in the 1920's.

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