It's easier to crack the College Football Playoff code than sort out the greatest national championship teams of the modern era, but let's give it the old college try.
First, a few ground rules.
We don’t know anyone who was around in November 1869, when Rutgers and New Jersey (later Princeton) butted heads in the first college football game ever. So only teams from the post-war era are eligible.
Schools get capped at two entries each to allow for a more diverse field. Our apologies, Alabama and Notre Dame.
Also, there is a limit of one team per decade. Maybe next time, 1975 Oklahoma, 1986 Penn State and 1999 Florida State.
Whoa, Nellie, we’re gonna have some pretty good arguments here.