How hard is it to repeat as national champions? Here are the teams UGA could join if they win

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Georgia Bulldogs will look to add their names to the record books with their eyes set on a back-to-back national championships.

The No. 1 Dawgs will face off against No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs at So-Fi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Monday night.

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How hard is it for a team to repeat as national champions? Since 1994, only three teams have accomplished the task: 1994-1995 Nebraska, 2003-2004 USC and 2011-2012 Alabama.

Ten other teams have repeated since 1936 when the Associated Press began naming champions: 1940-1941 Minnesota, 1944-1945 Army, 1946-1947 Notre Dame, 1955-1956 Oklahoma, 1964-1965 Alabama, 1964-1965 Michigan State, 1969-1970 Texas, 1970-1971 Nebraska, 1974-1975 Oklahoma and 1978-1979 Alabama.


Of course, there are some caveats. Until the Bowl Championship Series started in 1998 and the College Football Playoff, several organizations named national champions.

So the 1960s Alabama and Michigan State teams, 1969-1970 Texas teams and the 1970s Nebraska, Oklahoma and Alabama teams shared some of their championships.

Even during the BCS era, it happened once: 2003 USC team won its title after finishing at the top of the AP poll, but did not win the BCS title game. The 2004 USC team later had its championship vacated as part of its NCAA sanctions.

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The 1981 Georgia Bulldogs team understands how tough it is to try and repeat. Georgia won the 1980 championship and went 10-2 the following season in 1981.

UGA had a chance to win another championship, but it lost to Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl and Clemson, who beat UGA during the regular season, won the Orange Bowl. AP named the undefeated Tigers as its 1981 champion.