Saturday, October 2, 2010
Florida-Alabama winner is national champ
By Alok Pattani, Steve Glasser and Gregg Found
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.
DETAILS ON EACH SERIES:
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
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