Thursday, August 15, 2013

College football history 101

Each week, we'll take a look back at some of the most memorable games, moments and storylines in college football history. Here we go:

1988: For the first time in school history, Florida State is the preseason No. 1 pick in the Associated Press poll. With 1,161 points and 44 first-place votes, the Seminoles were easily the top pick. Defending national champion Miami (Fla.) was a distance No. 8. If that wasn't enough motivation for the Hurricanes, several members of the Seminoles, including Deion Sanders, celebrated with a recording of a self-glorifying rap song. FSU's time atop the AP poll didn't last long as the Seminoles and Hurricanes faced off in the season opener. It was all Miami, 31-0. Browns coach Rod Chudzinski got a piece of the fun for the Hurricanes, scoring a touchdown late in the first half to put Miami up, 17-0. The rout was officially on.

1963: 50 years ago on March 23, the Saturday Evening Post published a story titled, "The Story of  a College Fix." The story alleged Alabama coach Bear Bryant and Georgia Athletic Director Wally Butts conspired to fix the Crimson Tide's 35-0 win over the Bulldogs in 1962. The claim was made by George Burnett, an insurance salesman who said he was accidentally patched into a long-distance phone call between Bryant and Butts, who later sued the magazine. Butts won in court and Saturday Evening Post was forced to settle $760,000 in damages. Soon after, the magazine went out of business.

1955: The addition of Michigan State gives the Big Ten Conference 10 teams for the first time since 1939, when the University of Chicago abandoned football.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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