Anonymous asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

Why is Alabama listed as the 1964 national champs in football?

Arkansas had an undefeated record and won their bowl game, but they are sometimes listed as "co" champs. Sometimes I only see Alabama listed when obviously Arkansas deserved the title more.


Alabama lost to Texas in the Orange bowl.

5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Alabama had the better record

  • 1 decade ago

    Alabama won the AP and UPI polls. The AP took their final poll after the bowl games for the first time in 1965 (one year later), and the UPI took their final poll after the bowl games in 1974 (ten years later).

    So, based on the the final poll results for the AP and UPI, Alabama was the National Champion in College Football for 1964. But, if you really want to pick nits, then Texas should have been National Champions since they were ranked #5 and beat #1 Alabama while Arkansas only beat #6 Nebraska.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The polls decide the champions. The UPI chooses their champion, AP chooses theirs. Co-champions is possible as well...1990 Colorado, GA Tech 1991 Miami, Washington. (Miami beat #3 Nebraska 22-0 in the Orange Bowl, Washington defeated #8 Michigan 34-14 in the Rose Bowl.) Now you ask, Who has the Sear's Trophy? Answer: Miami has it in their trophy case. At the time, the AP champion was awarded the Sears Trophy for winning the national title, not the UPI champion. The BCS was made with the intention of making 1 true champion. Even though, there is still controversy around it since a computer decides who plays in the end #1 vs. #2.

    Source(s): wikipedia
  • 1 decade ago

    The same reason that USC and LSU shared it and then USC held it the next year and Auburn got left out. Politics !!! OH but ROLL TIDE anyway

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  • 1 decade ago

    plan and simple.

    BAMA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!!!!!

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