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College Football History

Princeton vs Yale 1903

In 1903 Thomas Edison was on hand for the Princeton vs Yale game with his "Kinetograph" giving us the earliest glimpse of college football as it was actually played.

Blast from the past: Jackie Sherrill

33-3 over the previous three seasons, Pittsburgh's Jackie Sherrill was wooed by Texas A&M in January 1982.

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Wally and the Bear take down some Yankees

Wally and the Bear take down some Yankees

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Pitt vs Fordham 1937

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The Great Tiger Stadium Barbecue of 1940

The biggest barbecue ever held in a US football stadium occurred in 1940 at LSU to mark the inauguration of Louisiana Governor Sam Jones.

The Big Shootout: Texas vs. Arkansas 1969

Filmmaker Mike Looney's documentary on the 1969 Texas vs Arkansas game, "The Big Shootout," premieres Saturday at the Dallas International Film Festival. He spoke with Football Study Hall about the importance and repercussions of this titanic game.

Back to the Future: The 1956 Oklahoma Sooners

Option tenets + extreme talent = unstoppable, in both the 1950s and 2010s.

Back to the Future: The 1945 Army Cadets

The world went to war, and Army won titles

Notre Dame wrecked some dreams in the '70s

A look back at the 1970 college football season, in which Notre Dame beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl to hand the AP national title to Nebraska.

1971 Nebraska was truly incredible

A review of the 1971 college football season, which featured three great teams from the Big 8 and maybe the best Nebraska team of all-time.

USC owned 1972

A review of the 1972 college football season, dominated from start to finish by USC.

The 1973 Playoff selection would have been AMAZING

A review of the 1973 college football season, in which a ton of teams finished undefeated and Notre Dame took the national title.

Bear Bryant kept losing big games to Notre Dame

A review of the 1974 college football season, in which postseason-ineligible Oklahoma won the AP national title and USC won the UPI title thanks to another Alabama bowl loss to Notre Dame.

1975 got funky in November

A review of the 1975 college football season, which saw quite a few crazy results in November and nearly produced a mid-major national champion.

1976 belonged to Pitt

A review of the 1976 college football season, in which Pitt rolled to an undefeated record and national title.

Joe Montana must've been awful in practice

A review of the 1977 college football season, in which Notre Dame eked out a national title win over Alabama after both teams blew out bowl opponents.

1978 belonged to Bama and USC

A review of the 1978 college football season, which featured the two best teams (USC and Alabama) battling in a September non-conference game.

1979 would've had the easiest CFP ever

A review of the 1979 college football season, which featured great USC and Alabama teams and quite a few other undefeateds at the end of the regular season.

The 1980s were weeeeeeeeeeeird

The 1980s may have been college football's strangest decade. Pick any reason you like.

1980 Georgia had no business going 12-0

A review of the 1980 college football season, in which fantastic Florida State, Nebraska, Penn State, and Pitt teams beat each other up and Georgia swooped in to win the national title.

Teams from Pennsylvania and SC ruled in 1981

A look at the 1981 college football season, which produced two dominant teams from Pennsylvania (Penn State, Pitt) and one from South Carolina (Clemson).

Don't ask Nebraska fans about 1982

A look back at the 1982 college football season, when Penn State and Nebraska stood out above the rest.

Auburn got royally screwed in 1983

A review of the 1983 college football season, mostly remembered for Miami's huge national title upset of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

BYU winning in 1984 was fine

A review of the 1984 college football season, a year of massive parity that resulted in almost no elite teams and a mid-major national champion.

Everybody blew it in 1985

A look back at the 1985 college football season, in which most of the top teams -- including Michigan -- suffered one too many blemishes and Oklahoma sneaked into another national title bid.

Miami owned Oklahoma in 1980s

A look back at the 1986 college football season, in which three teams (Oklahoma, Miami, Penn State) stood out above the rest, and PSU took the national title with a famous upset of Miami.

1987: Miami, FSU, and everybody else

A look back at the 1987 college football season, for which the national title was basically decided when Miami beat Florida State in early October.

Catholics, convicts, and an 8-team playoff

A look back at the 1988 college football season, which produced two spectacular teams (Notre Dame, Miami) and a half-dozen others who would have had a strong Playoff case.

1989 was decided by who lost first

A review of the 1989 college football season, in which three elite teams (Miami, Notre Dame, Colorado) played each other, and the team lucky enough to lose first (Miami) won the national title.

Florida State: The team of the 1990s

A look back at the 1990s in college football, in which three programs (Florida State, Nebraska, Florida) accounted for a vast majority of the decade's best teams.

Celebrating the insanity of 1990

A look back at the 1990 college football season, which featured more crazy breaks and home upsets than five normal years combined and finished with a split national title.

1991: 2 champions, 1 great team

Reviewing the 1991 college football season, which gave us a split national title despite Washington's (on-paper) superiority. This season and its lackluster bowl slate was, in itself, a good reason for the creation of the BCS system.