The 2020-21 Alabama Crimson Tide became the 62nd undefeated college football national champion since 1936 with its 52-24 win over Ohio State in the 2020-21 College Football Playoff championship game.
In 2019, LSU became the third college football team ever to finish the season at 15-0, and the second in consecutive years. Penn was first to do so in 1897 and Clemson followed in 2018.
The Associated Press didn’t begin crowning the NCAA national champion until 1936, so that’s where we’ll start with this list of every undefeated national champion.
Notre Dame has the most undefeated seasons with six, followed by Nebraska and Alabama with five each, then Oklahoma and Ohio State with four each.
Nebraska was the first national champion to have a record better than 11-0, finishing 13-0 in 1971. Ohio State in 2002 became the first team to get to 14-0 and win a national championship. Though LSU and Clemson have finished undefeated in consecutive seasons (2018 Clemson, 2019 LSU), they were the first to do so since Florida State in 2013.
Here’s a list of every undefeated national champion since 1936. We made this list based on our own history page here. For some years there are two champions listed because they were co-champions. Southern California in 2004 is not included in the list because its season was vacated.
Every undefeated college football team to win the national championship since 1936
Note: Ties do not count against an undefeated season