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History of College Football

History of College Football

By Jay Abramson
The History of College Football, a NCAA gridiron memory lane. From Heisman winners to National Champions, all-time teams, players and their record settings performances, streaks and scores, we strive to remember. Teams that formed our memories, the rivalries that ensued. The coaches instrumental in shaping the game that is now the ACC, AAC, Big 12, Big Ten, Conference USA, Independents, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac 12, SEC, Sun Belt, HBCU football, the Ivy League, this site is dedicated to saying thank you to you all.
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Episode 61 - Guest: Lisa Kelly, author of Echoes From Notre Dame, a series of books
Today we have a special guest, author Lisa Kelly, to discuss her series of books, Echoes From Notre Dame and all things Notre Dame football, past and present.
19:23
April 9, 2021
Episode 60 - LSU Tigers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the LSU Tigers. This program is colorful. Four National Championships, two Heisman winners, two scoring machines, two Number 1 ranked defenses, one record setting quarterback, one athlete who could do it all, one Bluegrass Miracle, one implausible upset, one loss on a Hail Mary, one riot, one colorful Rag, one season filled with shutouts, and the most intimidating mascot in all of college football.
09:35
April 5, 2021
Episode 59 - Purdue Boilermakers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Purdue Boilermakers. This program is synonymous with the saying ‘you got to be kidding me.’ 1 National Championship, one moniker “Quarterback U”, statistically speaking - one of the greatest teams ever, two stunning upsets over a No.1 ranked team in the nation, one stunning loss when they were ranked No.1, one incredibly long fumble return, one of the most remarkable turnarounds you will ever see, one Old Oaken Bucket and of course, one Victoria style locomotive.
09:50
April 2, 2021
Episode 58 - Guest: Darin Hayes host of The Pigskin Dispatch podcast
Today we have a special guest, Darin Hayes, host of the Pigskin Dispatch podcast, to discuss Walter Camp, head coach of the Yale Bulldogs from 1888-1892, and the Stanford Cardinal from 1892, 1894-1895 and his impact on college football.
27:58
March 29, 2021
Episode 57 - North Carolina Tar Heels' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the North Carolina Tar Heels. This program dates back to 1888 and is one of the four oldest college football programs in the South. Three stellar coaches, one ‘Choo Choo’, one stunning win in a highly anticipated game, one major upset, one major upset bid vanquished, one heartbreaking loss, one LB who revolutionized his position, the true oldest rivalry in the South, one Number 1 Ranking, one roller coaster of a season, and of course, one Ram.
09:19
March 26, 2021
Episode 56 - Guest: Coach Matt Drinkall, Assistant Coach of Army West Point Black Knights.
Today we have a special guest, Coach Matt Drinkall, Assistant Coach of Army West Point Black Knights to discuss Army Black Knights football, past and present.
38:10
March 22, 2021
Episode 55 - Arizona State Sun Devils' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Arizona State Sun Devils. This program nestled in the Valley of the Sun has many stunning moments. One legendary coach, one upset for the ages, one loss vanquishing national championship hopes, one bobbled punt, “The Catch”, one “Duel in the Desert”, the oldest rivalry trophy in the history of college football, one an ill-timed 7-year hiatus and of course, Sparky.
08:40
March 19, 2021
Episode 54 - Guest: Bill Carroll, Head of CDS, an independent scouting organization, Co-host of Nuts&Bolts Sports' Draft Central to discuss Coach Vernon 'Skip' McCain and HBCU football.
Today we have a special guest, Bill Carroll, the Head of CDS, an independent scouting organization, Co-host of Nuts&Bolts Sports' [@NutsAndBoltsSP] Draft Central and a HBCU Football Historian to discuss Coach of Maryland State, now called Maryland Eastern Shore,  Hawks, Vernon 'Skip' McCain and all things HBCU football.
57:57
March 15, 2021
Episode 53 - Michigan States' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Michigan State Spartans. This program has a little bit of everything you want in a college football program. Two National Championships, a 28-game winning streak, one improbable win, one heartbreaking loss, one stunning loss, one stunning tie, a linebacker who forever changed the position, a bitter rival, one 40-pound costume. And for a brief period of time, one live bear.
08:58
March 12, 2021
Episode 52 - Clemson Tigers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Clemson Tigers. This program is bursting with greatness, both then and now. Three National Championships, one dynasty, two legendary coaches, two more coaches who posted perfect seasons, two exceptional quarterbacks, one stunning surprise-filled loss, the catch, the Brawl, and of course, one Tiger.
08:06
March 8, 2021
Episode 51 - 33 Historical Oddities in College Football
Today we remember 33 of college football's historical oddities, the segment where we revisit those moments where we asked ourselves, did that really happen?
09:23
March 5, 2021
Episode 50 - Rutgers Scarlett Knights' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Rutgers Scarlett Knights. This program is the birthplace of college football as it is home to the sport’s origin, having hosted Princeton in the first game on November 6, 1869. Two stunning wins, one near perfect season, one perfect season with no Bowl invitation, one player who could do it all, both in and out of football, one longtime rival no more, the first ever college football game and of course, one Scarlett Knight.
08:11
March 1, 2021
Episode 49 - Missouri Tigers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Missouri Tigers. This program does things its own way and has done so since its inception in 1890. One of the most innovative coaches in college football history, in consecutive weeks one stunning win only to be followed by one stunning loss, one wild start to a season, one difficult 3-year stretch, one Border Showdown, and one Mascot with a presidential name reputed to be the nation’s best.
08:50
February 26, 2021
Episode 48 - Guest: Joe Miller, Color Commentator for the Navy Football Radio Network.
Today we have a special guest, Mr. Joe Miller, Color Commentator for Navy Football Radio Network, PXP for Navy Athletics, and Host of @ItsCollegeFB Podcast, to discuss his work as a college football color commentator and all things Navy football, past and present.
40:41
February 22, 2021
Episode 47 - Stanford Cardinal's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Stanford Cardinal. This program is historic. It is jam-packed with many iconic football coaches that serve as the cornerstone for the sport. This program played in the first Rose Bowl, won two National Championships, had one Heisman winner, two stunning wins in consecutive Rose Bowls, one stunning loss that was arguably the most stunning loss in college football history, one longtime bitter rival, and one stunning, notable, impactful full tie.
09:46
February 19, 2021
Episode 46 - Iowa Hawkeyes' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Iowa Hawkeyes. This program has history imprinted all over it. Five National Championships, one dynasty, one significant Heisman winner, the unveiling of the Wing T formation, one stunning upset, two last second theatrics, one stunning tie, the first African-American Outland Trophy winner, one very clever uniform redesign, one Floyd of Rosedale and of course, the Ironmen.
09:46
February 15, 2021
Episode 45 - Navy Midshipmen's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Navy Midshipmen. This program is marked by traditions, streaks and monikers. One National Championship, two Heisman winners, one stunning win to end 43 years of frustration, one stunning loss, two stunning ties with identical scores on the same date separated by over two decades, one Winchester Rifle, one Roger the Dodger, one live goat and one rivalry tradition that exemplifies the very best of respect, virtue, and mutual admiration.
07:59
February 12, 2021
Episode 44 - Guest: Chris Willis, Head of Research Library at NFL Films and accomplished author. 
Today we have a special guest, Chris Willis, Head of Research Library at NFL Films and accomplished author, to discuss his work at NFL Films, his books and the Ohio State Buckeyes. 
38:51
February 8, 2021
Episode 43 - Syracuse Orange's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Syracuse Orange. This program has seen its shares of highs and lows. One National Championship, one Heisman winner, two iconic RBs, two stunning wins, one stunning loss specifically in the manner in which they lost, one difficult 60-year stretch and one heartbreaking tragedy.
07:02
February 5, 2021
Episode 42 - SMU Mustangs' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the SMU Mustangs. This program is simply, in one word, unique. One National Championship, one Heisman winner who has a prestigious award named after him, the Pony Express, four incredible seasons spanning 3 different eras, one improbable upset against a Heisman winning QB, one implausible loss in the comeback for the ages, one Iron Skillet, and one miniature horse. Oh, yes, then there is a death penalty.
09:30
February 1, 2021
Episode 41 - Oklahoma State Cowboys' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. This program is simply, in one word, exciting. One National Championship, one Heisman winner, perhaps the greatest player in college football history, one offensive juggernaut, one rivalry game simply known as 'Bedlam', one roller coaster ride of a five-year stretch, one heartbreaking tragedy and one real-life legendary Cowboy mascot.
09:10
January 29, 2021
Episode 40 - UCLA Bruins' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the UCLA Bruins. This program seems to fit its southern California persona, brightly colored blue and gold uniforms, one National Championship, one Heisman winner, two stunning wins - strangely enough each a rematch, two heart breaking late season losses, one iconic stadium, one bitter cross-town rival, and three live bears.
07:50
January 25, 2021
Episode 39 - Illinois Fighting Illini' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Illinois Fighting Illini. This program is simply, in one word, momentous. The legacy Illinois has left behind is filled with those singular moments in time when you know you will never ever see them again. Not once. Not ever. In short, the Fighting Illini have a collection of extraordinary flashes in time that no other program can aspire to. The greatest 12 minutes in history, the most feared LB to ever set foot set foot on the gridiron, one innovative coach, a player who played for that coach that would become the most influential coach this sport has ever seen, a streak that defies imagination and stunning TD barrage that has never been exceeded.
08:39
January 22, 2021
Episode 38 - Wisconsin Badgers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Wisconsin Badgers. This program is under the radar yet has played in some of the most historic and controversial games in history. Three National Championships, two Heisman winners, one coach who turned around a program, one historic Rose Bowl, one staggering running back, one fierce running back, the most-played rivalry in Div 1 college football, one unusual start for a program and a mascot who was too viscous to continue on.
07:33
January 18, 2021
Episode 37 - California Golden Bears' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the California Golden Bears. This program is simply, in two words, heart-rendering. You know what's coming, don’t you? Five National Championships, two games that were arguably the most stunning win and loss in college football history, one legendary coach, an undefeated streak for the ages, one longtime bitter rival and one anonymous mascot.
07:16
January 15, 2021
Episode 36 - Boston College Eagles' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Boston College Eagles. This program has a flare for the unusual. One National Championship, one Heisman winner, two legendary coaches, one iconic play in one of the greatest games ever played, one heartbreaking pick-six, the greatest game that famed sportswriter Grantland Rice ever saw, one Holy War with a twist, one rough beginning and of course, one bald eagle.
08:36
January 11, 2021
Episode 35 - Houston Cougars' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Houston Cougars. For a new school, Houston’s first season was basically yesterday in the annals of the college football history, this school created quite a lore with it’s offensive juggernaut schemes that set many incredible records. This school pioneered the veer offense of the 60's and 70's and the run and shoot of the 80's. One Heisman winner, one legendary coach, two all-time record-setting quarterbacks, one heart breaking frigid loss, one cross town rival and two mascots, each of which proved to be ferocious.
09:57
January 8, 2021
Episode 34 - Penn State Nittany Lions' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Penn State Nittany Lions. This program has a long rich history of stability and winning. Two National Championships, five more granted but unclaimed, one legendary coach, one Heisman winner, one bitter rival no more, one win by forfeit, one heartbreaking goal line stand, and one moniker, Linebacker U.
09:14
January 4, 2021
Episode 33 - Kansas State Wildcats' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Kansas State Wildcats. This program is baffling, many losing seasons and then sheer brilliance. One miracle worker head coach, one offensive juggernaut of a player, too many losing streaks, one phenomenal way to end a losing streak, goal posts that kept coming down, and one live wildcat mascot.
06:40
January 1, 2021
Episode 32 - Georgia Bulldogs' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Georgia Bulldogs. This program simply has a little bit of everything. Two National Championships, two Heisman winners, one stunning win that propelled them to a national championship, one stunning loss that kept from a national championship, one freshman phenom, three bitter rivals, but one just simply older than the rest, one heartbreaking tragedy, one adorable mascot, and one tradition like no other.
08:35
December 28, 2020
Episode 31 - Washington Huskies' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Washington Huskies. This program is simply, in one word, fun. Five National Championships, two bitter rivals, one in-state, the other out-of-state, a legendary coach whose feats are unparalleled in the history of college football, many legendary teams ranging from 1910 to 1991, one socially significant loss, and one gorgeous mascot.
09:30
December 25, 2020
Episode 30 - Guest: Michael McCoy, host of the The Michael McCoy Show, SiriusXM SLAM Radio.
Today we have a special guest, Sportscaster Mike McCoy, host of The Michael McCoy Show, SiriusXM SLAM Radio Ch. 145, to discuss Miami Hurricane football, past and present.
39:59
December 25, 2020
Episode 29 - Pittsburgh Panthers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Pittsburgh Panthers. How magnificent is this football program? The Pittsburgh Panthers won Nine National Championships, the most by any college program from the East and sixth all-time. One Heisman winner, two legendary coaches, one legendary RB, and one controversial Sugar Bowl.
07:44
December 21, 2020
Episode 28 - Florida Gators' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Florida Gators. This program dates back to the early 1900s but achieved excellence starting in the 1990s. Three National Championships, three Heisman winners, two iconic coaches, one man who is in the conversion as the program’s best player and coach, one heart breaking 93 yd TD pass, two rivals and a chomping motion like no other.
07:42
December 18, 2020
Episode 27 - BYU Cougars' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the BYU Cougars. This program is electrifying. One National Championship, one Heisman winner, a stable of quarterback greats, the comeback for the ages, one devastating loss, one most bitter rival, and a mamma cub that no longer parades the sidelines.
08:48
December 14, 2020
Episode 26 - Army Black Knight's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Army Black Knights. This program is rich in college football history, five National Championships. two Heisman winners, the highest scoring team in Div 1 A college football history, one historic run through three seasons, one back whose rushing feats spanned two seasons, and one rivalry tradition that exemplifies the very best of respect, virtue, and mutual admiration.
08:23
December 11, 2020
Episode 25 - Miami (FL) Hurricane's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Miami (FL) Hurricanes. Considering this program is relatively new in the timeline of college football, the Miami Hurricanes are among the most storied and successful football programs in NCAA history. Five National Championships, all in an 18 year span. two Heisman winners, a who’s-who of coaches, feared teams, perhaps the most feared LB to ever set foot on the gird iron and one bird with tremendous courage.
09:11
December 7, 2020
Episode 24 - Georgia Tech 222 Cumberland 0
Today, we discuss Georgia Tech 222 Cumberland 0, to understand what occurred on October 7, 1916, when GT ran up the most points in the history of college football.
06:41
December 4, 2020
Episode 23 - TCU Horned Frog's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the TCU Horned Frogs. This program is rich is history, with both rushing and passing magnificence.  two National Championships, one Heisman winner, the inventor of the forward pass, a bitter rival who ruined the perfect season but not a national championship, a rushing performance for the ages, a string of mind-boggling shutouts and of course, one horn frog.
08:43
November 30, 2020
Episode 22 - Guest: The Tide Talk Podcast host Stacey Blackwood
Today we have a special guest, Stacey Blackwood, host of The Tide Talk Podcast, to discuss Alabama football, past and present.
23:28
November 27, 2020
Episode 21 - Tennessee Volunteer's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Tennessee Volunteers. This program is a collage of winning streaks, national championships, players, dogs and colors. Six National Championships. one legendary coach with a defense for the ages, one mind game that actually worked, an over eager coonhound and an identifiable checker board pattern any fan would recognize.
08:20
November 23, 2020
Episode 20 - Minnesota Golden Gopher's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. This program today flies well under the radar, but its history is replete with seven National Championships, one Heisman winner, one legendary coach, one legendary player, two dynasties, two heartbreaking losses, a mascot with quite a curious design and of course, one axe.
08:12
November 20, 2020
Episode 19 - 25 of the Greatest Individual Game Day Performances since 1950
Today, we recall 25 of the Greatest Individual Game Day Performances in college football history since 1950.
07:15
November 16, 2020
Episode 18 - Texas A&M Aggies' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Texas A&M Aggies. This program has many sides to it, and it embodies why we love college football, three National Championships, two Heisman winners, two bitter rivals, one now and one then, one beloved dog, a heartbreaking tragedy and a college tradition like no other.
08:55
November 13, 2020
Episode 17 - Oregon Ducks' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Oregon Ducks. From a team without sustained excellence to a team with new found sustained excellence, this football program had one frenetic offense for the ages, one incomparable Heisman winner, one huge loss the day before Pearl Harbor, one duck, one rivalry name that is changed and two team names, the Oregon Ducks is rich in college football history. 
07:49
November 9, 2020
Episode 16 - Auburn Tiger's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Auburn Tigers. Bo Jackson, Cam Newton, the Mud Game, a defense for the ages, two National Championships, three Heisman Winners, back to back goal line stands, Kick Six, The Iron Bowl, Punt 'Bama' Punt, and one War Eagle that lives on. There are two schools in Alabama that dominate the headlines, I believe you know the other. But, the Auburn Tiger football doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone, not in Alabama, not in all of College Football History. The team from ‘The Plains” has claimed its share of National Championships, Heisman winners, controversy and tradition.
11:56
November 6, 2020
Episode 15 - The Top 10 Reasons to Love Ivy League Football
Today, we discuss the top 10 reasons to love the storied history of Ivy League Football, the oldest conference in the annals of college football. 
08:18
November 2, 2020
Episode 14 - Texas Longhorns' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Texas Longhorns. Names that resonate to this day, Bobby Lane, the Tyler Rose, Ricky Williams and Vince Young. The Wishbone offense, two stunning upset loses, a decade long rivalry for the ages, the greatest championship game win perhaps ever, and one steer, there is a reason Texas is synonymous with football.
10:54
October 30, 2020
Episode 13 - Nebraska Cornhuskers' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. An argument could be made that the two greatest teams of all-time resided in Lincoln Nebraska. Nebraska has a football history like no other, one legendary coach, one classic game on Halloween, one on Thanksgiving. one decision that that shows with heartbreak can come dignity, the Fumbleroosky and an opening to a season to top all openings of any season.
10:09
October 26, 2020
Episode 12 - USC Trojans' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the USC Trojans. This program is simply, in one word, exemplary. Eleven National Championships, seven Heisman winners, two bitter rivals, one in-city the other clear across the country, one moniker Tailback U, one Victory Bell, one regal white horse, and the winner of the most astonishing comeback one can imagine.
12:10
October 23, 2020
Episode 11 - The Top 10 Reasons to Love HBCU Football
Today, we discuss the top 10 reasons to love the storied history of HBCU Football.
08:54
October 19, 2020
Episode 10 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This program is emblematic of the tradition that is the very essence of college football. A plethora of amazing coaches, one of which perhaps is the GOAT. eleven National Championships, seven Heisman winners, the losers of a classic comeback for the ages, a motivational speech to end all motivational speeches, the iconic helmet and perhaps the most recognizable fight song in all of college football.
11:53
October 16, 2020
Episode 9 - Florida State Seminole's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the  Florida State Seminoles. The program came from out of nowhere and turned itself into sustained excellence. Three National Championships, 3 Heisman Winners, a legendary coach, a few wide rights, one shut down corner and a most unusual tradition culminates to a fascinating football program. 
08:59
October 12, 2020
Episode 8 - The Ohio State University Buckeyes' football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of The Ohio State University Buckeyes. This program embodies why we love college football, eight National Championships, six Heismans, the only player to win the Heisman Award twice, one iconic rivalry, the snow game, script Ohio, helmet innovation, and one lone assassin for good measure.
12:14
October 9, 2020
Episode 7 - Tulsa Golden Hurricane's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Offense. Offense, Offense. Tulsa Golden Hurricane football stands unique in the annals of college football history. They are the last Division I school to give up 100 points, 100-6 loss to Houston in 1968, yet they have scored over 100 points four times, and remains the only school to put up over 150 points twice. They lead the nation in passing for 5 consecutive years and had an offense that set 20 NCAA records.
07:10
October 5, 2020
Episode 6 - Alabama Crimson Tide's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Let’s put it this way, the Crimson Tide is simply among the most accomplished football programs in college football history. As of this podcast recording, Fall of 2020, the Tide’s NCAA records include 23 winning streaks of ten games or more and 19 seasons with a 10–0 start. Alabama has completed ten undefeated seasons, nine of which were perfect seasons. has made an NCAA-record 71 postseason bowl appearances.
13:02
October 2, 2020
Episode 5 - Oklahoma Sooner's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Oklahoma Sooners. Gregg Pruitt, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and the Dynasty, a 47 game winning streak, seven National Championships, a lethal wishbone attack and twice scoring 150 plus points makes the Oklahoma Sooners synonymous with the word college football dynasty.
07:51
September 28, 2020
Episode 4 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The rich football history at Georgia Tech is in many ways the embodiment of the aura of college football excellence. 100 years ago, the Yellow Jacket program was the paramount institution, the first college football team to win the four major bowls, Rose, Orange, Sugar and Cotton. The team put up numbers that today defy even the most ardent fan's imagination. A glimpse into Georgia Tech's Football program provides a unique slice of college football history, endearing, legendary and at times, perplexing.
08:08
September 26, 2020
Episode 3 - Greatest College Football Teams of All Time, Numbers 1 to 10
Today, we countdown the Greatest College Football Teams of All Time, Numbers 1 to 10.
08:07
September 22, 2020
Episode 2 - Greatest College Football Teams of All Time, Numbers 11 to 25
Today, we countdown the Greatest College Football Teams of All Time, Numbers 11 to 25.
08:18
September 18, 2020
Episode 1 - Michigan Wolverine's football history
Today, we discuss the college football history of the Michigan Wolverines. Yost to Schembechler, Michigan-Ohio State, Desmond Howard, Snow Game and Little Brown Jug. Want college football history?  Michigan has eleven National Championships, the most wins and the highest winning percentage of any NCAA Division I College Football program. One coach won 4 National Championships in his first four seasons.  Want tradition?   Another coach named Bo may have rewritten the definition of ‘rivalry’ during his 10 Year War with coach named Woody.  Three Heisman winners, one striking pose, a Hail Mary, the oldest Trophy Game and the snow game for the ages translates to a football tradition few schools can claim.
13:21
September 18, 2020