A look at the historical resumes of this years four college playoff teams

By Randy Belk
Dec. 13, 2018

This years college football playoff features three teams with a ton of tradition and history and one in the process of building an impressive new historical resume. Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma all have elite histories while Clemson has been building their historical resume under Dabo Sweeney. With the help of Winsipedia and Wikipedia lets take a look at the historical stats each team brings to this years playoff.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alabama is ranked 1st with twelve "official" national championships according to Wikipedia and the NCAA. Alabama has 17 claimed national championships but has been recognized with 22 national championships by at least one voter poll or computer poll.

Notre Dame is ranked 2nd with eight official national championships. The Irish have 11 claimed national championships and been recognized also with 22 national championships by at least one voter poll or computer poll.

Oklahoma is tied for 3rd with seven national championships. The Sooners have only claimed their 7 official national championships but they have been recognized with 17 national championships by at least one voter poll or computer poll.

Clemson is ranked 24th with two national championships. Clemson only claims their two official national championships and has only been recognized with 2 national championships by at least one voter poll or computer poll.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Oklahoma is 1st with 48 conference championships.

Alabama is ranked 7th with 31 conference championships

Clemson is 14th with 24 conference championships.

Notre Dame is unranked with zero conference championships as an independent.

MOST WINS ALL TIME

Alabama is 4th with 904 wins according to Winsipedia.

Notre Dame is 6th with 897 wins.

Oklahoma is 7th with 896 wins

Clemson is 16th with 742 wins.

MOST BOWL GAMES

Alabama is ranked 1st with 68 bowl game appearances.

Oklahoma is 7th with 51 bowl game appearances.

Clemson is 15th with 42 bowl game appearances.

Notre Dame is 26th with 34 bowl game appearances. Note that Notre Dame played in the 1925 Rose Bowl and declined to play in any bowl games again until 1970.

CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICANS

Notre Dame is 1st with 101 consensus all-Americans,

Oklahoma is 5th with 80 consensus all-Americans.

Alabama is 6th with 69 consensus all-Americans.

Clemson is 28th with 25 consensus all-Americans.

HEISMAN WINNERS

Oklahoma is first with 7 Heisman Trophy winners.

Notre Dame is tied for 1st with 7 Heisman Trophy winners.

Alabama is 11th with 2 Heisman Trophy winners.

Clemson has never had a Heisman Trophy winner.

NFL DRAFT PICKS

Notre Dame is 2nd with 499 draft picks.

Oklahoma is 4th with 385 draft picks.

Alabama is 7th with 355 draft picks.

Clemson is 29th with 248 draft picks.

NFL FIRST ROUND PICKS

Notre Dame is 3rd with 68 first round draft picks.

Alabama is 5th with 61 first round draft picks.

Oklahoma is 8th with 45 first round draft picks.

Clemson is 19th with 30 first round draft picks.

WEEKS RANKED IN AP POLL

Oklahoma is 3rd ranked 829 weeks.

Notre Dame is 4th ranked 798 weeks.

Alabama is 5th ranked 790 weeks.

Clemson is 20th ranked 434 weeks.

WEEKS RANKED #1 in AP POll

Alabama is 1st ranked 118 weeks at number one.

Oklahoma is 3rd with 101 weeks at number one.

Notre Dame is 4th with 98 weeks at number one.

Clemson is 22nd with 10 weeks at number one.

APPEARANCES IN 4 TEAM PLAYOFF

Alabama is 1st appearing in the playoffs all five years of its existence.

Clemson is 2nd appearing in their 4th playoff.

Oklahoma is appearing in their 3rd playoff.

Notre Dame is making their first playoff appearance.

As we look at the historical records we see that Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are ranked in the top ten in almost every major historical statistic with Clemson being ranked between 14th and 29th but Clemson is fast climbing the statistical ladder under the leadership of Dabo Swinney. Who will be the team to add another national championship to their impressive historical resume in 2018?