That had happened in the past, such as Alabama’s 1992 national championship team, but there had also been many years in which the consensus national champion didn’t get all the votes; or even win all the recognized championships.
It was no problem at all this year to select Ohio State as the national champion. The Buckeyes had an amazing run in championship season.
Among those joining the other polls in putting the Buckeyes on top were the 13 former college football coaches who make up the Legends Poll Top 8 voters. And all 13 of those coaches picked OSU.
Unlike most, though, the coaches did not see Oregon as the number two team. That spot went to Alabama. TCU was third, Oregon fourth, Florida State fifth, Michigan State sixth, Baylor seventh, and Georgia Tech eighth.
That was a far cry – again, like most polls – from regular season play in which the Southeastern Conference, and particularly the SEC Western Division, dominated the poll.