College Football: Power Ranking the Last 50 National Champions

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College Football: Power Ranking the Last 50 National Champions
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When asked by my fearless editors to power rank the last 50 national champions, I knew that this would be an impossible task to accomplish without stepping on a few toes.

Each fanbase holds their team’s national championship close to their hearts and will obviously rank that year higher than others.  On the other hand, some people simply just despise certain teams and may subconsciously rank these National Championships lower.

To make sure I kept things purely unbiased and largely statistical, I did my best to formulate a “power” number to each team’s national championship season.

Armed with a cracked out excel sheet formula and every schedule of the past 50 national champions (this includes shared champions, so from the years of 1969-2010), I tallied and weighted every win and loss that these teams encountered during their magical seasons. 

This trusty formula* provided each team with a fairly impartial National Championship Power Ranking (NCPR) number. Let’s see where the last 50 national champions rank.

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(* Formula was based on the following: A win against a team that only lost one game that season was worth five points, a win against a team that lost two games was worth four points, three loss teams worth two points, four loss teams worth one point, and teams with five or more losses were worth .5 points.  Losses and ties were worth negative points. However, if the loss or tie came against a one or no-loss team, the penalty was not as severe.)   

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