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History of College Football

History of College Football

By Jay Abramson

My new book is live on Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B09FL1SR7Q
The History of College Football, a NCAA gridiron memory lane. From Heisman winners to National Champions, all-time teams, players and their record setting performances, streaks and scores, we strive to remember. Teams that formed our memories, the rivalries that ensued. The coaches instrumental in shaping the game that is now the ACC, AAC, Big 12, Big Ten, Conference USA, Independents, Mid-American, Mountain West, Pac 12, SEC, Sun Belt, HBCU football, the Ivy League, this site is dedicated to saying thank you to you all.
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Episode 317 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest player in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

History of College FootballSep 22, 2023

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Episode 317 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest player in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

Episode 317 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest player in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest player in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

Sep 22, 202310:09
Episode 316 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest CFB coach in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

Episode 316 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest CFB coach in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest CFB coach in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

Sep 18, 202312:42
Episode 315 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest CFB team in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

Episode 315 - With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest CFB team in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

With the PAC 12 going away, we discuss the greatest CFB team in the history of every program in the PAC 12.

Sep 15, 202310:34
Episode 314 - Tennessee 7 Kentucky 0, Nov 25, 1950, a game that matched Paul Bear Bryant & the General, Robert Neyland.

Episode 314 - Tennessee 7 Kentucky 0, Nov 25, 1950, a game that matched Paul Bear Bryant & the General, Robert Neyland.

Today we discuss Tennessee 7 Kentucky 0, Nov 25, 1950, a game that matched coaching legends Paul Bear Bryant & the General, Robert Neyland.

Sep 11, 202307:23
Episode 313 - The Penn Quaker's Glory Years with coach George Woodruff, 1892-1901.

Episode 313 - The Penn Quaker's Glory Years with coach George Woodruff, 1892-1901.

Today we discuss the Penn Quaker's Glory Years with coach George Woodruff, 1892-1901.

Sep 08, 202312:16
Episode 312 - Notre Dame 7 Oklahoma 0, 1957, the game that ended the Sooners 47 game winning streak.

Episode 312 - Notre Dame 7 Oklahoma 0, 1957, the game that ended the Sooners 47 game winning streak.

Today we discuss Notre Dame 7 Oklahoma 0, 1957, the game that ended the Sooners 47 game winning streak.

Sep 04, 202306:44
Episode 311 - The games played on Sept 11, 1976.

Episode 311 - The games played on Sept 11, 1976.

Today we discuss the games played on Sept 11, 1976.

Sep 01, 202310:21
Episode 310 - Top 20 coaches who are under appreciated in college football history, numbers 10-1.

Episode 310 - Top 20 coaches who are under appreciated in college football history, numbers 10-1.

Today we discuss the Top 20 coaches who are under appreciated in college football history, counting down numbers 10-1.

Aug 28, 202315:55
Episode 309 - Top 20 coaches who are under appreciated in college football history, numbers 20-11.

Episode 309 - Top 20 coaches who are under appreciated in college football history, numbers 20-11.

Today we discuss the Top 20 coaches who are under appreciated in college football history numbers 20-11.

Aug 25, 202311:10
Episode 308 - 1975 college football season

Episode 308 - 1975 college football season

Today we discuss the 1975 college football season.

Aug 21, 202308:39
Episode 307 - The 20 top ties in the history of college football, counting down numbers 10-1.

Episode 307 - The 20 top ties in the history of college football, counting down numbers 10-1.

Today we discuss the 20 top ties in the history of college football, counting down numbers 10-1

Aug 18, 202310:44
Episode 306 - The 20 top ties in the history of college football, numbers 20-11.

Episode 306 - The 20 top ties in the history of college football, numbers 20-11.

Today we discuss the 20 top ties in the history of college football, counting down numbers 20-11. 

Aug 14, 202309:38
Episode 305 - The 1968 college football season

Episode 305 - The 1968 college football season

Today we discuss the 1968 college football season and the two teams that sat atop of the final AP Poll.

Aug 11, 202321:00
Episode 304 - Tailback Charles White, USC Trojans

Episode 304 - Tailback Charles White, USC Trojans

Today, we discuss tailback Charles White, USC Trojan's record setting RB of the late 1970s, 1979 Heisman Trophy-winning tailback, and leader of USC’s 1978 national championship team.


Aug 07, 202310:01
Episode 303 - The first 12 years of the Tangerine Bowl, a bowl that delivered one stunner after another

Episode 303 - The first 12 years of the Tangerine Bowl, a bowl that delivered one stunner after another

Today, we discuss the first 12 years of the Tangerine Bowl, a bowl that delivered one stunner after another.

Aug 04, 202311:06
Episode 302 - John Merritt’s Tennessee A&I Tigers 1966 season

Episode 302 - John Merritt’s Tennessee A&I Tigers 1966 season

Today we discuss coach John Merritt's Tennessee A&I (now called Tennessee State) Tigers' 1966 season, undefeated, untied, unchallenged, national champions and a legend of a coach.

Jul 31, 202312:56
Episode 301 - College football's first All-American team, 1889.

Episode 301 - College football's first All-American team, 1889.

Today we discuss college football's first All-American team, 1889.

Jul 28, 202311:37
Episode 300 - The 1959 Liberty Bowl, the inaugural Liberty Bowl pitting Alabama verses Penn State

Episode 300 - The 1959 Liberty Bowl, the inaugural Liberty Bowl pitting Alabama verses Penn State

Today we discuss the 1959 Liberty Bowl, the inaugural Liberty Bowl pitting Alabama verses Penn State.

Jul 24, 202309:14
Episode 299 - King College 206 Lenior 0, Oct 21, 1922, the last time a CFB team scored over 200 points

Episode 299 - King College 206 Lenior 0, Oct 21, 1922, the last time a CFB team scored over 200 points

Today we discuss King College 206 Lenior 0, Oct 21, 1922, the last time a CFB team scored over 200 points and the second most points ever scored in a college football game.

Jul 21, 202307:22
Episode 298 - Coach Harry Hughes, Colorado State, then called Colorado Agricultural College Aggies

Episode 298 - Coach Harry Hughes, Colorado State, then called Colorado Agricultural College Aggies

Today we discuss coach Harry Hughes, Colorado State, then called Colorado Agricultural College Aggies, one of the most influential coaches in the early years of College Football, a man with a vision where student athletes who maintained good grades and abided by fair play could win conference championships.

Jul 17, 202308:51
Episode 297 - The score that defied imagination, Kansas 23 Oklahoma 3, Nov 8, 1975

Episode 297 - The score that defied imagination, Kansas 23 Oklahoma 3, Nov 8, 1975

Today we discuss the score that defied imagination, Kansas 23 Oklahoma 3, Nov 8, 1975. The upset of a 5-3 Kansas team over the eventual national champion Sooners in front of over 70,000 fans was in the midst of the famed Oklahoma 1970's dynasty.


Jul 14, 202312:53
Episode 296 - Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy - Michigan State coach Biggie Munn rivalry.

Episode 296 - Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy - Michigan State coach Biggie Munn rivalry.

Today, we discuss Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy - Michigan State coach Biggie Munn rivalry. Two of the greatest coaches of all-time, with two of the greatest winning percentages, met for 5 consecutive years in games that decided national championships.

Jul 10, 202313:40
Episode 295 -Morgan State vs Grambling, the game played on Sept 28, 1968 at Yankee Stadium.

Episode 295 -Morgan State vs Grambling, the game played on Sept 28, 1968 at Yankee Stadium.

Today, we discuss Morgan State vs Grambling, the game played on Sept 28, 1968 at Yankee Stadium.

Jul 07, 202312:10
 Episode 294 - Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma Sooners, 1971 season.

Episode 294 - Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma Sooners, 1971 season.

Today we discuss running back Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma Sooners, and his 1971 season.

Jul 03, 202309:29
Episode 293 - Howard Bison's 1920 national championship season.

Episode 293 - Howard Bison's 1920 national championship season.

Today we discuss Howard Bison's 1920 national championship season, undefeated, untied, and un-scored upon.

Jun 30, 202311:51
Episode 292 - The wild NYU-Columbia game on Oct 21, 1922.

Episode 292 - The wild NYU-Columbia game on Oct 21, 1922.

Today we discuss the wild NYU-Columbia game on Oct 21, 1922; a game so controversial, the referees needed a police escort out to the subway.

Jun 26, 202311:08
Episode 291- The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Sun Belt.

Episode 291- The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Sun Belt.

Today we discuss the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Sun Belt.

Jun 23, 202314:15
Episode 290 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Mountain West.

Episode 290 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Mountain West.

Today we discuss the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Mountain West.

Jun 19, 202315:33
Episode 289 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the MAC.

Episode 289 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the MAC.

Today we discuss some of the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the MAC.

Jun 16, 202314:53
Episode 288 - The 1937 Akron Zippers, the season of remarkable performances that got away.

Episode 288 - The 1937 Akron Zippers, the season of remarkable performances that got away.

Today we discuss the 1937 Akron Zippers, the season of remarkable performances that got away. It was a season of extraordinary players, epic feats and of a two-loss team that came oh so close to becoming the program’s only undefeated team that did not go 1-0.

Jun 12, 202314:55
Episode 287 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Conference USA.

Episode 287 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Conference USA.

Today we discuss some of the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Conference USA.

Jun 09, 202321:35
Episode 286 - The legend of Billy Cannon, LSU Tigers.

Episode 286 - The legend of Billy Cannon, LSU Tigers.

Today we discuss the legend of Billy Cannon, LSU Tigers, 1958 national champion and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner. Cannon combined sprinter speed with bulky size that ripped through opponents like they were boys. He was Bo Jackson - Lawrence Taylor - Mike Tyson -Pete Rose all rolled into one.

Jun 05, 202313:54
Episode 285 - The near undefeated 1905 season of the Navy Midshipmen.

Episode 285 - The near undefeated 1905 season of the Navy Midshipmen.

Today, we discuss the near undefeated 1905 season of the Navy Midshipmen.

Jun 02, 202310:10
Episode 284 - The 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, Princeton Tigers.

Episode 284 - The 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, Princeton Tigers.

Today we discuss the 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, Princeton Tigers, one of the greatest college football players of all-time.

May 29, 202308:38
Episode 283 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the AAC.

Episode 283 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the AAC.

Today we discuss some of the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the AAC.

May 26, 202318:33
Episode 282 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the SEC.

Episode 282 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the SEC.

Today, we discuss some of the lesser known college football historical oddities from every team in the SEC.

May 22, 202317:60
Episode 281 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Pac-12.

Episode 281 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Pac-12.

Today, we discuss some of the lesser known college football historical oddities from every team in the Pac-12.

May 19, 202318:08
Episode 280 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Big Ten.

Episode 280 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Big Ten.

Today we discuss the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Big Ten.

May 15, 202319:05
Episode 279 - Oklahoma versus Kingfisher College, a rivalry like no other.

Episode 279 - Oklahoma versus Kingfisher College, a rivalry like no other.

Today we discuss Oklahoma versus Kingfisher College, a rivalry like no other, where the two teams met from 1897 to 1919, played 22 times and the results were mind boggling.

May 12, 202311:34
Episode 278 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Big 12.

Episode 278 - The lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Big 12.

We discuss some of the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the Big 12.

May 08, 202312:21
 Episode 277 - The Lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the ACC.

Episode 277 - The Lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the ACC.

Today we discuss some of the lesser known CFB historical oddities from every team in the ACC.

May 05, 202313:18
Episode 276 - The most bizarre game ever played, Centenary 0 Texas Tech 0, November 11, 1939.

Episode 276 - The most bizarre game ever played, Centenary 0 Texas Tech 0, November 11, 1939.

The game was one of the most bizarre games ever played, due to a heavy downpour that absolutely flooded the field in Shreveport Louisiana, conditions that made it more than difficult to advance the ball either running or passing, puddles that rose above the players ankles, both coaches appeared to wait for the other team to make a mistake as the two teams combined for an NCAA record 77 punts, 39 by Texas Tech and 38 by Centenary of Louisiana. An astounding 67 punts occurred on first down, including 22 consecutively in the third and fourth quarters.

May 01, 202310:58
Episode 275 - The final AP Poll each year from 1960-1969 which were determined before the bowl games.

Episode 275 - The final AP Poll each year from 1960-1969 which were determined before the bowl games.

Today we discuss the final AP Poll each year from 1960-1969 which were determined before the bowl games. The final AP Poll was selected before the bowl games each year from 1936-1968, except for 1965. We will look at who was No. 1 in the final AP Poll, offering a few short observations along the way.

Apr 28, 202309:57
Episode 274 - The final AP Poll each year from 1950-1959 which were determined before the bowl games.

Episode 274 - The final AP Poll each year from 1950-1959 which were determined before the bowl games.

Today we discuss the final AP Poll each year from 1950-1959 which were determined before the bowl games. The final AP Poll was selected before the bowl games each year from 1936-1968, except for 1965. We will look at who was No. 1 in the final AP Poll, offering a few short observations along the way.

Apr 24, 202309:47
Episode 273 - The final AP Poll each year from 1936-1949 which were determined before the bowl games.

Episode 273 - The final AP Poll each year from 1936-1949 which were determined before the bowl games.

Today we discuss the final AP Poll each year from 1936-1949 which were determined before the bowl games. The final AP Poll was selected before the bowl games each year from 1936-1968, except for 1965. We will look at who was No. 1 in the final AP Poll, offering a few short observations along the way.

Apr 21, 202311:42
 Episode 272 - Coach Otto Proc Klum, the father of University of Hawaii football.

Episode 272 - Coach Otto Proc Klum, the father of University of Hawaii football.

Today we discuss coach Otto Proc Klum, the father of University of Hawaii football.

Apr 17, 202316:05
Episode 271 -Count down of the top 10 historical oddities of the Northern Illinois Huskies football program.

Episode 271 -Count down of the top 10 historical oddities of the Northern Illinois Huskies football program.

Today we count down of the top 10 historical oddities of the Northern Illinois Huskies football program. Many schools have their fare share of historical oddities in their program's football history, but few schools can boost the multitude of oddities as the Northern Illinois Huskies.

Apr 14, 202312:21
Episode 270 - Northwestern's 1995 Cinderella season

Episode 270 - Northwestern's 1995 Cinderella season

Today we discuss the Northwestern Wildcats' 1995 Cinderella season.

Apr 10, 202313:50
Episode 269 - The 1978 college football season, as chaotic a season the sport has ever seen.

Episode 269 - The 1978 college football season, as chaotic a season the sport has ever seen.

Today we discuss the 1978 college football season, as chaotic a season the sport has ever seen.

Apr 07, 202311:15
Episode 268 - A tangible argument as to why the Illinois Fighting Illini is one of the all-time elite CFB programs in history.

Episode 268 - A tangible argument as to why the Illinois Fighting Illini is one of the all-time elite CFB programs in history.

Today we present a tangible argument as to why the Illinois Fighting Illini is one of the all-time elite CFB programs in history.

Apr 03, 202316:20