1965 Ncaa College Football Season

College Football has long been a popular American sport. We now have a system in which teams are ranked by the press and a computer to determine who should play in the National Championship game.

This has not been the case forever. The league used to depend on a number of polls that would determine the rankings of different teams and who would be the National Champions. This was the case in 1965.

In that season the AP Poll was the most popular of each of them and they would award the AP Trophy to the team that would win the polls at the end of the season. Like today, there was also a poll called the Coaches Poll in which the coaches would vote to determine what teams in the nation were the best. In 1965 there were 121 teams. Those teams were voted on for the AP Poll by 55 different sportswriters. Unlike today, where the writers tell who their favorite 25 teams are, in those days they would just give their 10 best teams.

The season featured a number of solid teams that would win the hearts of many people in America. Entering the season the Nebraska Cornhuskers were the number 1 teams in the nation. They would experience a season in which they would start the season out as the top team, and they would go on to win every game during the regular season.

They were not the only undefeated team, however. There were a couple of other teams in the preseason top 10 that managed to go throughout the season without losing a game. Arkansas and Michigan State would also have 10-0 seasons. They would each win their conferences and they earned their way into bowl games.

Today we have dozens of bowl games that are awarded to almost every team that wins enough games to qualify. This was not the case in 1965. There were only 6 bowl games to play in. Only the very best teams in the nation would be invited to play in those games.

The 6 games featured the top teams, but they would not play each other. While today the National Championship would likely be decided by two of the very best teams in the nation playing each other, in those days the top 3 teams all played in separate bowl games.

After perfect seasons by all three of those universities they all experienced tragic defeats in their bowl games. Each was pushing for the National Championship, but they were defeated by the likes of UCLA(number 7 in the nation), LSU(unranked) and Alabama(4th in the nation). With the loss of all of these teams there was much confusion as to who should take home the championship.

When the AP Poll came out the Alabama Crimson Tide team was named the National Champion team. There was a differing opinion from the Coaches Poll however, as they named Michigan State the National Champions.

This was a crazy year for football as there was a split decision for National Champions. The Heisman Trophy would go to Mike Garrett, a star running back from USC.

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