About Those "National Titles"

ATHENS – Everyone else seems to claim all of their national titles, so why doesn't Georgia?

Everyone knows that Georgia has legitimately won at least two national titles – 1980 and 1942. Those are the two the school claims and should. I would also argue that Georgia's undefeated and untied 1946 team should also be recognized by the school when in comes to national titles.

Unlike Army and Notre Dame, that 1946 Georgia team was undefeated, untied and won a bowl game. That the school doesn't recognize the 1946 national title is beyond me, and should be reconsidered by the school itself. Claiming that 1946 national title is hardly a ridiculous.

But Georgia also "won" the national title in 1927 – as did four other teams. Yale (a team Georgia beat 14-10 on October 8, 1927), Texas A&M (which was named national champs by only one organization), Illinois and (of course) Notre Dame.

The Irish and Alabama seem to have cornered the market on made up national titles – more on that in a minute.

In 1968 one service named the Bulldogs national champs, but it's hard to really make the case that you are the national champ when: a) you lost and someone else didn't; b) someone else had a #1 vs. #2 to end the season and you weren't in it.

But reality isn't what I am writing about here. The 1968 Georgia football team no more won the national title than a man had walked on the moon at the time – it didn't happen, and even it if had happened it happened on a sound stage in New Mexico!

Still, Georgia should have no shame – again, this is not about reality. Georgia should do what Alabama, Notre Dame and everyone else in college football have done – claim anything and everything as a national title that is anything close to a national title because the fact is that no one is going to have the guts to tell you that you are being ridiculous. I can tell you for sure that not one recruit is going to fact check you and challenge you on if the 1946 Dawgs won it all.

Case in point:

In 1941 Alabama "won" the national title. The Tide lost to both Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. It finished third in the SEC that season behind Mississippi State and Tennessee. But one organization – something called the Houlgate System – named them national champs.

When Bama says they've won 15 national titles they are including that one in that 15.


I'm not judging. I'm just saying that if that silliness is legit then Georgia's 1968 "national title" is legit – and that Georgia should claim it. This isn't accounting. This college football where fantasy lives all day every day in the minds of fans.. You claim what you claim because everyone else is claiming what they can – Alabama and Notre Dame, to their credit in my view, have done just that.

Georgia's 1968 "national title" is just as silly as the "national title" Alabama won in 1941 (one example, trust me when I tell you there are more) or Notre Dame's 1967 two-loss "national title" season. That's why Georgia should claim it – reality be damned.

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