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College Football Researchers Association

The College Football Researchers Association (CFRA) was founded in 1982 by Anthony Cusher of Reeder, North Dakota, and Robert Kirlin of Spokane, Washington. The CFRA took a vote of its members from 1982 to 1992 to select an annual college football national champion. Members were asked to rank the top 10 teams, and a point system was used to determine a national champion based on the members' votes. The CFRA also conducted a retroactive poll to determine historical national champions for each year from 1919 to 1981. The CFRA is listed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as one of 40 former and current selectors of college football national champions, and the CFRA selections are included in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision record book.[1]

In the fall of 2009, under the coordination of Brad Matthews, North Carolina, and with the involvement of past members, the College Football Researchers Association was reorganized, and a group of both new and original CFRA voters was assembled to recreate this influential poll. The CFRA then retroactively crowned champions from 1993 to 2008, thus covering the period of time when the CFRA was dormant and did not recognize a national champion. According to NCAA records,[2] the College Football Researchers Association has elected more national champions than any other multi-voter poll in the country.

In its current form, the College Football Researchers Association releases four rankings each year, rather than on a weekly basis like more traditional polls: a preseason ranking, a mid-season ranking, an end of regular season ranking, and a final postseason ranking. The CFRA also recognizes one player annually as the CFRA Player of the Year. This player is recognized based on votes submitted by each member of the CFRA.

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CFRA national champions

The following list identifies the college football national champions as selected by the College Football Researchers Association.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. pp. 105-106. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ (PDF) Retrieved . Missing or empty |title= (help)
Season Champion
1919 Harvard
1920 California
1921 California
1922 Princeton
1923 Illinois
1924 Notre Dame
1925 Alabama
1926 Alabama
1927 Yale
1928 Georgia Tech
1929 Notre Dame
1930 Alabama
1931 USC
1932 USC
1933 Michigan
1934 Minnesota
1935 Minnesota
1936 Pittsburgh
1937 Pittsburgh
1938 Tennessee
1939 Texas A&M
1940 Minnesota
1941 Minnesota
1942 Ohio State
1943 Notre Dame
1944 Army
1945 Army
1946 Army
1947 Michigan
1948 Michigan
1949 Oklahoma
1950 Tennessee
1951 Maryland
1952 Michigan State
1953 Oklahoma
1954 UCLA
1955 Oklahoma
1956 Iowa
1957 Auburn
1958 LSU
1959 Syracuse
1960 Ole Miss
1961 Alabama
1962 Southern Cal
1963 Texas
1964 Arkansas
1965 Alabama
1966 Michigan State
1967 Southern Cal
1968 Ohio State
1969 Texas
1970 Nebraska
1971 Nebraska
1972 Southern Cal
1973 Oklahoma
1974 Oklahoma
1975 Oklahoma
1976 Southern Cal
1977 Notre Dame
1978 Alabama
1979 Alabama
1980 Pittsburgh
1981 Clemson
1982 Penn State
1983 Auburn
1984 Brigham Young
1985 Oklahoma
1986 Oklahoma
1987 Miami (FL)
1988 Notre Dame
1989 Miami (FL)
1990 Colorado
1991 Miami (FL)
1992 Alabama
1993 Florida State
1994 Nebraska
1995 Nebraska
1996 Florida
1997 Michigan
1998 Tennessee
1999 Florida State
2000 Oklahoma
2001 Miami (FL)
2002 Ohio State
2003 LSU
2004 Southern Cal
2005 Texas
2006 Florida
2007 LSU
2008 Florida
2009 Alabama
2010 Auburn
2011 Alabama
2012 Alabama
2013 Florida State
2014 Ohio State
2015 Alabama
2016 Clemson
2017 Alabama
2018 Clemson

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