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Colorado's National Title Anniversary: If Your Championship Needs To Be Justified By Press Release...

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Via Tim Tucker, Colorado's football program attempts to convince you no other schools were awarded national championships in 1990:

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Now apparently, our use of the word "consensus" upsets a few folks around the country. It’s not to slam the others, but rather to strengthen CU’s case for that season since many point to the Fifth Down game or the clip on Raghib Ismail’s punt return in the Orange Bowl and say our title is tainted. But fact is fact; at the time nine (*) basic postseason polls were recognized as determining a unanimous or consensus national champion; Colorado topped six of those: *Associated Press, *FWAA (Football Writers Association of America), *National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame (MacArthur Trophy), *USA Today-CNN, *Sporting News and *Football News; Georgia Tech won the *United Press International poll (by 1 point) and Miami, Fla., the *Sagarin and *New York Times computer ratings.

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Accounting for the Fifth Down disaster, Colorado's record in 1990 was essentially 10-2-1, while Georgia Tech went 11-0-1. Only two other schools in NCAA history have been voted number one by a major poll despite having three non-wins, and both ('68 Georgia, '81 Nebraska) have the good sense not to claim titles for those years. But Colorado doesn't really have a whole lot to claim otherwise, so, well, whatever.

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Here's video of Colorado beating unranked Missouri after, apparently, Hacksaw Jim Duggan had rushed the ring to steel chair a referee:

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.