From Donor Board: Years Clemson got gipped
Posted: Oct 17, 2006 10:19 PM
After some research and a donor post by Mintaka about a former tiger lettermen (ante up and enjoy his stuff, i reccomend it!) that got me thinking and I did some research.
1900- Under Coach John Heisman we were 6-0-0 but Yale got the NC, this was a period where we played teams like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. 1948 11-0-0 but Michigan won it, We finished 11th in the polls with every team having a tie or loss except for Michigan. Some teams even had two losses. We beat Missouri in the Gator bowl. Michigan was only 9-0-0. This seems to be the year we got the biggest gip.
1950- 9-0-1 but Oklahoma won it at 10-1-0. We finished 10th, but Michigan was the 9th ranked team with a record of 6-3-1. Maybe that's why they finished 1st in 1948 with a lesser record. POLL BIAS! Only one undefeated team was ahead of us and that was Princeton at 9-0-0.
I can't complain because Wyoming was 10-0-0 at 12th.
1978 11-1-0 but Alabama won it with the same record. Some of you guys probably remember this season, I know my dad (Citadel Class of 76) remembers this team as they killed El Cid 58-3 (much larger margin of victory than when Livonia "Stump" Mitchell made it close in 1976 when CU won 10-7. Our only loss that year was UGA by 12 and Bama lost to Southern Cal by 10. Tough year for the pollsters because there were 4 11-1-0 teams, but we ended up the lowest of all of them. There wasn't an undefeated team that year in the AP poll, but guess who was ahead us at 11-1-0... MICHIGAN!
So, I say we can lay claim not only to 1981, but also to 1900, 1948, and 1950 National Championships. In 1978 we should have at least been able to play for one. If Bama was in the NC game with 1 loss we should have had the same opportunity.
Just a little research.
OH YEA! IN 1900 WE PLAYED THE FOLLOWING TEAMS: Davidson, Wofford, South Carolina, UGA, VT, and Bama.
Yale played Trinity (CT),Amherst (MA),Tufts (MA),Bates (ME),Dartmouth, Bowdoin (ME), Wesleyan (CT), Columbia (NY), Army (NY), Carlisle Indian School (PA), Princeton (NJ), and Harvard.
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