The Greatest Droughts in College Football


Notre Dame’s Last National Championship

27 years

Notre Dame ranks among the most decorated programs in college football with 11 national championships. The Fighting Irish’s rich history makes them one of the sport’s blue bloods.

For latter millennials and the iGeneration, however, Notre Dame’s legacy might as well be that of 28-time national champion Princeton.

Alright, so that might not be entirely fair. The Irish still play at college football’s highest level, and just this past season reached a New Year’s Six bowl game. Notre Dame’s also approached the pinnacle as recently as 2012, though its appearance in the 2013 BCS Championship Game went disastrously.

Perhaps the more stomach-turning title pursuit for Notre Dame fans is its 1993 season. After beating Florida State in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup truly worthy of “Game of the Century” consideration, Notre Dame needed only defeat Boston College in the regular-season finale to guarantee a spot in the Orange Bowl.

However, in another instant classic, BC scored one of the most famous upsets in college football history and denied Lou Holtz one final national championship bid.