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Florida-Alabama winner is national champ

10/2/2010

Tonight in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Florida will meet with one of them ranked No. 1 and the other also ranked in the AP poll for the third straight season.

This is just the second series in the AP poll era (since 1936) where two teams have met in at least three straight seasons with one ranked No. 1 and the other also ranked.

The other series in which this has happened is Army and Notre Dame, who met under these circumstances in five straight seasons.


In six of the seven previous cases, in both series, the winner of the game went on to win the national title that season. In the seventh case, there was no winner -- in 1946, Notre Dame and Army played a scoreless tie, and the Irish still went on to win the national championship.

Met in 3+ Consecutive Seasons with One Team as AP No. 1
Other Team Also Ranked in AP Poll

DETAILS ON EACH SERIES:

Alabama-Florida

2008: (2) Florida 31, (1) Alabama 20 in SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome

2009: (2) Alabama 32, (1) Florida 13 in SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome

2010: (7) Florida at (1) Alabama

Army-Notre Dame

1943: (1) Notre Dame 26, (3) Army 0 at Yankee Stadium

1944: (1) Army 59, (5) Notre Dame 0 at Yankee Stadium

1945: (1) Army 48, (2) Notre Dame 0 at Yankee Stadium

1946: (1) Army 0, (2) Notre Dame 0 at Yankee Stadium

1947: (1) Notre Dame 27, (9) Army 7 at Notre Dame Stadium