List of undefeated NCAA Division I football teams

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This is a list of undefeated NCAA Division I football teams, which describes all teams that finished a college football season in the NCAA's Division I, or historic equivalent, without any losses.

Division I Football Bowl Subdivision[edit]

NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is currently the highest division of play in college football. However this nomenclature and these categories of divisional play have only existed since 2006 and 1978, respectively. Prior to the formation of the NCAA in 1906, there was no differentiation between the level of play from one college to another, and thus all intercollegiate teams can be thought of as having played in the same division. Likewise, even after the formation of the NCAA, there was no differentiation into divisions until 1956, when play was separated in the upper "University" division and lower "Collegiate" division. In 1973, a three division reorganization occurred placing teams into NCAA Division I (highest), Division II, or Division III (lowest). In 1978, Division I was further subdivided into Division I-A (highest) and Division I-AA. In 2006, these subdivisions were renamed Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), respectively.[1]

The following categories represent the historical equivalents of the highest level of play over the history of college football, and the subsequent tables list the teams for each season that went undefeated while competing in these highest categories:

Undefeated and untied[edit]

These teams finished the season having won every game in which they played, thus completing a "perfect season".[2]

Pre-1900[edit]

YearTeamRecordNotes
1870Princeton1–0–0[3]
1872Princeton1–0–0[3]
1872Yale1–0–0[4]
1873Princeton1–0–0[3]
1874Princeton4–0–0[3]
1874Yale3–0–0[4]
1875Harvard4–0–0[5]
1875Princeton2–0–0[3]
1876Rutgers1–0–0[6]
1876Yale3–0–0[4]
1877Amherst1–0–0[6]
1878Michigan1–0–0[7]
1878Princeton6–0–0[3]
1879Amherst1–0–0[8]
1880Michigan1–0–0[7]
1881Georgetown1–0–0[8]
1881Penn State1–0–0[9]
1882Michigan1–0–0[7]
1882Navy1–0–0[10]
1882Yale8–0–0[4]
1883California2–0–0[11]
1883Princeton4–0–0[3]
1883NYU1–0–0[8]
1883Albion1–0–0[8]
1884Michigan2–0–0[7]
1884Navy1–0–0[10]
1884Wabash1–0–0[8]
1884Yale9–0–0[4]
1885Albion1–0–0[8]
1885Michigan3–0–0[7]Michigan was unscored upon.
1885Princeton9–0–0[3]
1886California4–0–0[11]
1886Fordham1–0–0[8]
1886Michigan2–0–0[7]Michigan was unscored upon.
1887Michigan3–0–0[7]Michigan was unscored upon.
1887Minnesota2–0–0[12]Minnesota was unscored upon.
1887Penn State2–0–0[9][13]Penn State was unscored upon.
1887Yale9–0–0[4]
1887Hanover2–0–0[8]
1888Colorado School of Mines1–0–0[14]
1888Notre Dame1–0–0[15]
1888USC2–0–0[16]
1888Yale13–0–0[4]Yale was unscored upon.
1889Beloit1–0–0[8]
1889Butler2–0–0[8]
1889California4–0–0[11]
1889Colorado School of Mines1–0–0[14]
1889Miami (OH)4–0–0[17]
1889Notre Dame1–0–0[15]
1889Ohio State1–0–0[18]
1889Princeton10–0–0[3]
1889USC2–0–0[16]
1889Colorado School of Mines6–0–0[14]
1890Harvard11–0–0[5]
1890Kentucky1–0–0[8]
1890Nebraska2–0–0[19]
1890Vanderbilt1–0–0[8]
1891Albion4–0–0[8]
1891Detroit1–0–0[8]
1891Duke3–0–0[8]
1891Purdue4–0–0[8]
1891Wake Forest1–0–0[8]
1891Yale13–0–0[4]
1892Colgate3–0–0[6]
1892Minnesota5–0–0[12]
1892NC State1–0–0[8]
1892Purdue8–0–0[6]
1892USC1–0–0[16]
1892Utah St.1–0–0[20]
1892Wyoming1–0–0[8]
1892Yale13–0–0[4]
1893Fordham4–0–0[8]
1893Maryland6–0–0
1893Minnesota6–0–0[12]
1893NC State2–0–0[8]
1893Princeton11–0–0[3]
1893Texas4–0–0[21]
1894North Dakota St.2–0–0[22]
1894Columbia Physicians & Surgeons3–0–0[8]
1894New Mexico State2–0–0[8]
1894Penn12–0–0[23]
1894USC1–0–0[16]
1894Wyoming3–0–0[8]
1894Yale16–0–0[4]
1895Arkansas1–0–0[24]
1895Bloomsburg1–0–0[8]
1895Miami (OH)3–0–0[17]
1895Hanover2–0–0[8]
1895LSU3–0–0[8]
1895Marquette4–0–0[8]
1895Oregon4–0–0[25]
1895Penn14–0–0[23]
1895St. Bonaventure4–0–0[8]
1895Texas5–0–0[21]Texas was unscored upon.
1895Tulsa1–0–0[8]
1895Washington State2–0–0[26]
1895Wyoming1–0–0[8]
1896Fordham1–0–0[8]
1896Georgia4–0–0[8]
1896LSU6–0–0[8]
1896NC State1–0–0[8]
1896North Dakota2–0–0[8]
1896Oklahoma2–0–0[27]
1896St. John's1–0–0[8]
1896Tennessee4–0–0[28]
1896Wyoming2–0–0[8]
1897Alabama1–0–0[29]
1897Butler1–0–0[8]
1897Buffalo8–0–0[8]
1897Oklahoma2–0–0[27]
1897Oregon State2–0–0[30]
1897Penn15–0–0[23]
1897Washington State2–0–0[26]
1897Wichita State1–0–0[8]
1897Wyoming2–0–0[8]
1898Colorado School of Mines9–0–0[14]
1898Detroit5–0–0[8]
1898Harvard11–0–0[5]
1898Kalamazoo7–0–0[8]MIAA champions
1898Kentucky7–0–0[31]
1898LSU1–0–0[8]
1898Michigan10–0–0[7]
1898North Carolina9–0–0[8]
1898Oklahoma2–0–0[27]
1898Tulsa1–0–0[8]
1899Sewanee12–0–0[32]Won five road games in six days.
1899New Mexico State1–0–0[8]
1899North Dakota6–0–0[8]
1899Utah St.1–0–0[20]

1900 to present[edit]

YearTeamCoachWLTPFPADeltaAvg.
Delta
1900Auburn[33]Watkins400148514335.8
1900Baylor[34]Hamilton3004463812.7
1900Central Michigan[35]1002051515.0
1900Clemson[36]Heisman6002221021235.3
1900Idaho[37]Herbold10012666.0
1900Texas[21]Thompson6001131310016.7
1900TulaneSummersgill500105010521.0
1900Yale[4]McBride12003361032627.2
1901Harvard[5]Reid12002542423019.2
1901Michigan[7]Yost1100550055050.0
1901North Dakota St.[22]Harrison7002611724434.9
1901Saint Louis[38]10002331421921.9
1901Wisconsin[39]King900316531134.6
1901WyomingMcMurray1003803838.0
1902ArizonaGillette500134013426.8
1902California[11]Whipple8001681215619.5
1902Central Michigan[35]Tambling4008208220.5
1902Michigan[7]Yost11006441263257.5
1902Nebraska[19]Booth1000186018618.6
1902North Dakota St.[22]Cochems400168016842.0
1902Oklahoma A&M[27]1004004040.0
1902South DakotaWhittemore1000239023923.9
1902WyomingMcMurray1001801818.0
1903Arizona St.Irish2003303316.5
1903Central Michigan[35]Tambling6006911589.7
1903Nebraska[19]Booth11002911727424.9
1903North DakotaKennedy8002981128735.9
1903Princeton[3]Hillebrand1100259625323.0
1903Utah St.[20]Campbell3007807826.0
1904Arizona St.Irish400116011629.0
1904Auburn[33]Donahue6001701115926.5
1904Charleston (WV)Ropp3009009030.0
1904Michigan[7]Yost10005672254554.5
1904Minnesota[12]Williams13007251271354.8
1904New MexicoMcEwan1001101111.0
1904Northern IllinoisFleager50090177314.6
1904Penn[23]Williams1200222421818.2
1904Pittsburgh[40]Mosse1000406540140.1
1904Saint Louis[38]1100349034931.7
1904Vanderbilt[41]McGugin900474447052.2
1905Chicago[42]Stagg1100271526624.2
1905Colorado School of Mines[14]Ellsworth6001251610918.2
1905Idaho[37]Griffith500113211122.2
1905LSUKillian3003603612.0
1905New Mexico StateMiller3009609632.0
1905StanfordLanagan8001381312515.6
1905Yale[4]Owsley1000226422222.2
1906ButlerRobinson1001701717.0
1906New Mexico StateMiller40071125914.8
1906North Dakota St.[22]Dobie400236423258.0
1906Saint Louis[38]Cochems11004072038735.2
1906Washington State[26]Bender600440447.3
1906Wisconsin[39]Hutchins50078156312.6
1907New MexicoAngel1004404444.0
1907New Mexico StateMiller3008868227.3
1907North Dakota St.[22]Dobie3001631015351.0
1907Oregon State[30]Norcross600137013722.8
1907South CarolinaMcKay300304268.7
1908ArizonaGalbraith500136613026.0
1908Charleston (WV)30049103913.0
1908Kansas[43]Kennedy9001312011112.3
1908Southwestern La.McNaspy60093167712.8
1908LSUWingard10004421143143.1
1908Miami (OH)[17]Foster7001131010314.7
1909Arkansas[24]Bezdek7001861816824.0
1909Colorado[44]Folsom600141014123.5
1909Washington[45]Dobie700214620829.7
1909Western Michigan[46]Spaulding700194918526.4
1909Yale[4]Jones1000209020920.9
1910ArizonaShipp5008787915.8
1910Colorado[44]Folsom600121311819.7
1910Colorado College[47]700120309012.9
1910Illinois[48]Hall900890899.9
1910Louisiana TechPrince700265625937.0
1910Pittsburgh[40]Thompson900282028231.3
1910Washington[45]Dobie600150814223.7
1911Colorado[44]Folsom6008858313.8
1911New Mexico StateBadenoch700192618626.6
1911Oklahoma[27]Owen8002821526733.4
1911Utah St.[20]Teetzel500164016432.8
1911Washington[45]Dobie700277926838.3
1912Harvard[5]Haughton9001762215417.1
1912Middle Tenn.Weber1002972222.0
1912Notre Dame[15]Marks7003892736251.7
1912Penn State[9]Hollenback800285627934.9
1912TroyPenton30061105117.0
1912Washington[45]Dobie6001901717328.8
1912Wisconsin[39]Juneau7002462921731.0
1913Auburn[33]Donahue8002241321126.4
1913Chicago[42]Stagg700124279713.9
1913Harvard[5]Haughton9002252120422.7
1913Michigan StateMacklin7001802815221.7
1913Nebraska[19]Stiehm8001382811013.8
1913Notre Dame[15]Harper7002684122732.4
1913RiceArbuckle40081146716.8
1913Washington[45]Dobie7002662024635.1
1913Western Michigan[46]Spaulding40059154411.0
1914Army[35]Daly9002192019922.1
1914ConnecticutWarner, D.3004893913.0
1914Illinois[48]Zuppke7002242220228.9
1914Tennessee[28]Clevenger9003743733737.4
1914Texas[21]Allerdice8003582133742.1
1914Washington & Lee[49]9003241231234.7
1914Western Michigan[46]Spaulding600180717328.8
1915Colorado St.[50]Hughes7002433121230.3
1915Cornell[51]Sharpe9002875023726.3
1915Nebraska[19]Stiehm8002823924330.4
1915Oklahoma[27]Owen10003705431631.6
1915Pittsburgh[40]Warner8002471922828.5
1915Washington[45]Dobie7002741426037.1
1915Washington State[26]Dietz7002041019427.7
1916Army[35]Daly9002353619922.1
1916Ohio State[18]Wilce7002582922932.7
1916Pittsburgh[40]Warner8002552523028.8
1916TulsaMcBirney10005664052652.6
1917DenverFike8002264518122.6
1917Georgia Tech[52]Heisman9004911747452.7
1917Mare Island Marines800nanana
1917Middle Tenn.Floyd700201020128.7
1917Pittsburgh[40]Warner10002602123923.9
1917Texas A&M[53]Bible800270027033.8
1917Tuskegee[54]Gayle7002791426537.9
1918Army[35]Mitchell1002002020.0
1918BucknellWingard600236722931.2
1918Central Michigan[35]Tambling1004163535.0
1918Colorado School of Mines[14]Barron4001842116340.8
1918Michigan[7]Yost5009669018.0
1918Middle Tenn.10012755.0
1918Oklahoma[27]Owen600278727145.2
1918PresbyterianShaw2003372613.0
1918Texas[21]Juneau9001941418020.0
1918Virginia TechBernier7001521313919.9
1918Washington (MO)6001632713622.7
1919CentreMoran9004852346251.3
1919MarshallReilly8003021328936.1
1919Middle Tenn.Miles400148614235.5
1919Notre Dame[15]Rockne9002294718220.2
1919Texas A&M[53]Bible1000275027527.5
1920Boston CollegeCavanaugh8001811616520.6
1920California[11]Smith9005101449655.1
1920Notre Dame[15]Rockne9002514420723.0
1920Texas[21]Whitaker9002821326929.9
1920USC[16]Henderson6001702114924.8
1920VMIClarkson9004312041145.7
1921Cornell[51]Dobie8003922137146.4
1921Iowa[55]Jones7001853614921.3
1921LafayetteSutherland9002742624827.6
1921Louisiana TechClark600106208614.3
1921Miami (OH)[17]Little8002381322528.1
1922Western Michigan[46]Olander600160016026.7
1922Cornell[51]Dobie8003392731239.0
1922Princeton[3]Roper800127349311.6
1922Iowa[55]Jones7002083317525.0
1922California[11]Smith9003983436440.4
1922DrakeSolem7001552612918.4
1923Illinois[48]Zuppke8001362011614.5
1923Michigan[7]Yost8001501213817.3
1923New Mexico StateBrown9002181720122.3
1923Yale[4]Jones8002303819224.0
1923Colorado[44]Witham9002802725328.1
1923Cornell[51]Dobie8003203328735.9
1923SMU[56]Freeland
Morrison
900207919822.0
1924HawaiiKlum8001851217321.6
1924Notre Dame[15]Rockne10002855423123.1
1925Alabama[29]Wade10002972627127.1
1925Dartmouth[57]Hawley8003402931138.9
1925Eastern Michigan[58]Rynearson800106610012.5
1925HawaiiKlum10004211740440.4
1925LouisvilleKing800133213116.4
1926Tuskegee[54]Abbott10002888420420.4
1926Utah[59]Armstrong7001642314120.1
1927Eastern Michigan[58]Rynearson8001861317321.6
1928Boston CollegeMcKenney9002633922424.9
1928Georgia Tech[52]Alexander10002214717417.4
1928DetroitDorais9002672724026.7
1929Notre Dame[15]Rockne9001453810711.9
1929PurduePhelan8001874414317.9
1929TulaneBierman9002794523426.0
1929Tuskegee[54]Abbott9002492622324.8
1929Utah[59]Armstrong7002192319628.0
1930Notre Dame[15]Rockne10002657419119.1
1930Fresno StateBorleske800154668811.0
1930Alabama[29]Wade10002711325825.8
1930Utah[59]Armstrong8003402032040.0
1931Louisiana TechBohler7001673613118.7
1932USC[16]Jones10002011318818.8
1932ColgateKerr900264026429.3
1932Michigan[7]Kipke8001231311013.8
1933DePauwNeal700136013619.4
1933Princeton[3]Crisler900217820923.2
1934Minnesota[12]Bierman8002703823229.0
1934Alabama[29]Thomas10003164527127.1
1934HawaiiKlum6001422112120.1
1935Alma[60]Campbell8001801316720.9
1935Middle Tenn.Floyd8001282510312.9
1935Princeton[3]Crisler9002563222424.9
1935Minnesota[12]Bierman8001944614818.5
1938GeorgetownHagerty8001852615919.9
1938TCUMeyer11002696020919.0
1938MemphisMcKeen10002814124024.0
1938Tennessee[28]Neyland11002931627725.2
1939San Jose StateDeGroot13003242929522.7
1939Texas A&M[53]Norton11002123118116.5
1939Cornell[51]Snavely8001975214518.1
1940Minnesota[12]Bierman800154718310.4
1940StanfordShaughnessy10001968511111.1
1940Boston CollegeLeahy11003396527424.9
1940Hardin–SimmonsKimbrough9002297615317.0
1940LafayetteMylin9002383320522.8
1941Western Michigan[46]Gary8001832715619.5
1941Minnesota[12]Bierman8001863814818.5
1941DuquesneDonelli8001432312015.0
1942Alma[60]MacDonald7001632613719.6
1942Central Michigan[35]Finch60093217212.0
1942Grambling StateRobinson900164016418.2
1942Southern MissGreen400142713533.8
1943Eastern Michigan[58]Rynearson2002802814.0
1943New Mexico St.Moulder400107208721.8
1943PurdueBurnham9002145515917.7
1943USNTC Bainbridge700
1943Colorado College[47]7001992717224.6
1943Vanderbilt[41]Alley5001433311022.0
1944Army[35]Blaik9005043546952.1
1944Northern Ill.Evans70011348659.3
1944Ohio State[18]Widdoes9002877920823.1
1944Randolph Field1200
1944USNTC Bainbridge900
1944NAS Norman900
1944Fort Pierce900
1945ArizonaCasteel5001931218136.2
1945Army[35]Blaik9004124636640.7
1945Alabama[29]Thomas9004308035038.9
1945Oklahoma A&MLookabaugh9002857620923.2
1946GeorgiaButts110039211028225.6
1946DelawareMurray10003584531331.3
1947Notre Dame[15]Leahy9002915223926.6
1947Michigan[7]Crisler10003945334134.1
1948Alma[60]Sebo8001705711314.1
1948Clemson[36]Howard11002747619818.0
1948Michigan[7]Oosterbaan9002524420823.1
1948Michigan TechBovard7002095815121.6
1949Army[35]Blaik9003546828631.8
1949Ball StateMagnabosco8002766121526.9
1949Notre Dame[15]Leahy10003608627427.4
1949Oklahoma[27]Wilkinson11003998831128.3
1949PacificSiemering11005756650946.3
1950Florida StateVeller8002195416520.6
1950Lehigh[61]Leckonby9003017722424.9
1950WyomingWyatt10003635930430.4
1951Michigan StateMunn90027011415617.3
1951MarylandTatum10003817530630.6
1951Northern Ill.Evans90022310112213.6
1951Princeton[3]Caldwell9003108222825.3
1951San FranciscoKuharich9002867221423.8
1952Georgia Tech[52]Dodd12003255926622.2
1952Michigan StateMunn9003128422825.3
1954Ohio State[18]Hayes10002497517417.4
1954UCLASanders9003674032736.3
1954Oklahoma[27]Wilkinson10003046224224.2
1955Oklahoma[27]Wilkinson11003856032529.5
1955Miami (OH)[17]Parseghian9002264717919.9
1956Central Michigan[35]Kelly9003139222124.6
1956Oklahoma[27]Wilkinson10004665141541.5
1956WyomingDickens100025211214014.0
1957Auburn[33]Jordan10002072817917.9
1957Arizona St.Devine10003976633133.1
1957Middle Tenn.Murphy10002414020120.1
1958LSUDietzel11002825322920.8
1958Southern MissVann9002105515517.2
1959SyracuseSchwartzwalder11004137334030.9
1959Bowling GreenPerry9002748319121.2
1960Yale[4]Olivar9002537318020.0
1960MissouriDevine11002959320218.4
1960New Mexico St.Woodson110039411328125.5
1960Ohio UniversityHess10002693423523.5
1961Alabama[29]Bryant11002972527224.7
1961Fresno StateColeman100029212516716.7
1961RutgersBateman90024610214416.0
1962USC[16]McKay11002619216915.4
1962Ole MissVaught10002475319419.4
1963Northern Ill.Fletcher11003379724021.8
1963Texas[21]Royal11002437117215.6
1964Arkansas[24]Broyles11002316416715.2
1964Princeton[3]Colman9002165316318.1
1965Middle Tenn.Murphy100028615712912.9
1966Alabama[29]Bryant11003014425723.4
1966San Diego StateCoryell110031710521219.3
1968Ohio State[18]Hayes100032315017317.3
1968Penn State[9]Paterno110035412023421.3
1969Texas[21]Royal110043511931628.7
1969Penn State[9]Paterno11003229023221.1
1969San Diego StateCoryell110049219429827.1
1969Toledo[62]Lauterbur110038516022520.5
1970Arizona St.Kush110040514825723.4
1970Arkansas St.Ellender110036013422620.5
1970Toledo[62]Lauterbur12003848829624.7
1970Dartmouth[57]Blackman9003114226929.9
1971Nebraska[19]Devaney130050710440331.0
1971Toledo[62]Murphy12003839628723.9
1972Louisiana TechLambright120033313419916.6
1972USC[16]McKay120046713433327.8
1973Notre Dame[15]Parseghian11003828929326.6
1973Penn State[9]Paterno120044712931826.5
1973Miami (OH)[17]Mallory11002237614713.4
1974Oklahoma[27]Switzer11004739238134.6
1975Arizona St.Kush120034712722018.3
1975Arkansas St.Davidson11003558127424.9
1976Pittsburgh[40]Majors120038113324820.7
1976RutgersBurns12002878120617.2
1979Alabama[29]Bryant12003836731626.3
1980GeorgiaDooley120033313719616.3
1981Clemson[36]Ford120033810523319.4
1984BYUEdwards130045618327321.0
1986Penn State[9]Paterno120034013320717.3
1987Miami (FL)Johnson120041212528723.9
1988Notre Dame[15]Holtz120039315623719.8
1991Miami (FL)Erickson120038610028623.8
1991Washington[45]James120049511538031.7
1992Alabama[29]Stallings130036612224418.8
1993Auburn[33]Bowden, Terry110035319216114.6
1994NebraskaOsborne[19]130045916229722.8
1994Penn State[9]Paterno120056425231226.0
1995Nebraska[19]Osborne120063817446438.7
1997Michigan[7]Carr120032211420817.3
1997Nebraska[19]Osborne130060721439330.2
1998Tennessee[28]Fulmer130043118924218.6
1998TulaneBowden, Tommy
Scelfo
120054029524520.4
1999Florida StateBowden, B.120045820325521.3
1999MarshallPruett130046313732625.1
2000Oklahoma[27]Stoops130048119428722.1
2001Miami (FL)Coker120051211739532.9
2002Ohio State[18]Tressel140041018322716.2
2004USC[16]Carroll130049616932725.2
2004Auburn[33]Tuberville130041714727020.8
2004Utah[59]Meyer120054423431025.8
2005Texas[21]Brown130065221343933.8
2006Boise StatePetersen130051622928722.1
2008Utah[59]Whittingham130048022425619.7
2009Boise StatePetersen140059124035125.1
2009Alabama[29]Saban140044916428520.4
2010TCUPatterson130052013738329.5
2010AuburnChizik140057733724017.1
2012Ohio StateMeyer120045827618215.2
2013Florida StateFisher140072317055339.5

note: in 1917, 1918, 1943 and 1944, football teams from military training facilities competed alongside college programs

Undefeated with ties[edit]

These teams all finished the season with no losses, but with ties.[2]

YearTeamRecordNotes
1873Harvard1–0–1[5]
1877Princeton2–0–1[3]
1877Yale3–0–1[4]
1878Columbia0–0–2[6]
1879Princeton4–0–1[3]
1879Michigan1–0–1
1879Yale3–0–2[4]
1879Navy0–0–1[10]
1880Princeton4–0–1[3]
1880Yale4–0–1[4]
1881Princeton7–0–2[3]
1881Yale5–0–1[4]
1881Dartmouth1–0–1[57]
1883Yale3–0–1[4]
1884Yale3–0–1[4]
1884Princeton3–0–1[3]
1884Penn3–0–1[23]
1886Wabash2–0–1[8]
1886Yale9–0–1[4]
1886Princeton7–0–1[3]
1888Depauw0–0–1[8]
1889South Dakota1–0–1[8]
1890Butler3–0–1[8]
1890Washington0–0–1[45]
1892Stanford4–0–2[8]
1893Auburn3–0–2[33]
1892Stanford9–0–1[8]
1894Penn State6–0–1[9]
1895Stanford4–0–1[8]
1895Washington4–0–1[45]
1896Princeton10–0–1[3]
1896Lafayette11–0–1[6]
1896Texas A&M2–0–1[53]
1897Auburn2–0–1[33]
1897Yale9–0–2[4]
1897Hanover4–0–1[8]
1898Princeton11–0–1[3]
1899Denver0–0–1[8]
1899Ohio State9–0–1[18]Ohio State allowed only five points.
1899Harvard10–0–1[5]
1899Chicago16–0–2[42]
1899Iowa8–0–1[55]
1899Wabash1–0–1[8]
1900Iowa7–0–1[55]
1900Minnesota10–0–2[12]
1901Marquette4–0–1[8]
1902Texas A&M7–0–2[53]
1902Yale11–0–1[4]
1903Michigan11–0–1[7]
1903Minnesota14–0–1[12]
1903Stanford8–0–3[8]
1904Colorado School of Mines5–0–1[14]
1904Dartmouth7–0–1[57]
1904Colorado School of Mines4–0–1[14]
1904Albion7–0–1[8]
1905Penn12–0–1[23]
1905Georgia Tech6–0–1[52]
1905Colorado School of Mines5–0–1[14]
1906Colorado School of Mines3–0–2[14]
1906Princeton9–0–1[3]
1906Yale9–0–1[4]
1906Clemson4–0–3[36]
1906Colorado School of Mines3–0–2[14]
1906Eastern Michigan5–0–1[58]
1907Yale9–0–1[4]
1908Albion5–0–2[8]
1908Penn11–0–1[23]
1908Harvard9–0–1[5]
1908Chicago5–0–1[42]
1908Kansas12–0–1[43]
1908Virginia7–0–1[6]
1908Washington6–0–1[45]Part of NCAA Division I FBS record 63-game unbeaten streak[63]
1909Texas A&M7–0–1[53]
1909Lafayette7–0–1[6]
1909Penn State5–0–2[9]
1909Missouri7–0–1[6]
1910Harvard8–0–1[5]
1910Michigan3–0–3
1910Vanderbilt12–0–1[41]
1910Navy8–0–1[10]
1910Michigan3–0–3[6]
1910Baylor6–0–2[34]
1910NC State4–0–2[6]
1911Princeton8–0–2[3]
1911Minnesota6–0–1[12]
1911Penn State8–0–1[9]
1911Navy6–0–3[10]
1911Florida5–0–1[6]
1913Washington & Jefferson[64]10–0–1
1914Auburn8–0–1[33]
1914Harvard7–0–2[5]
1914Colorado School of Mines5–0–1[14]
1914Nebraska7–0–1[19]
1914Oregon State7–0–2[30]
1914Washington6–0–1[45]Part of NCAA Division I FBS record 63-game unbeaten streak[63]
1915Minnesota6–0–1[12]
1915Georgia Tech7–0–1[52]
1915Illinois5–0–2[48]
1916Miami (OH)7–0–1[17]
1916Georgia Tech8–0–1[52]
1916Oregon7–0–1[25]
1916Tennessee8–0–1[28]
1916Colorado St.5–0–2[50]
1916Washington6–0–1[45]Part of NCAA Division I FBS record 63-game unbeaten streak[63]
1917Miami (OH)6–0–2[17]
1917Ohio State8–0–1[18]
1917Washington State6–0–1[26]
1917Utah State7–0–1[20]
1918Miami (OH)5–0–1[17]
1918Naval Station Great Lakes6–0–2[6]
1919Harvard9–0–1[5]
1920Oklahoma6–0–1[27]
1920Georgia8–0–1[6]
1920Harvard8–0–1[5]
1920Pittsburgh6–0–2[40]
1920Princeton6–0–1[3]
1920Penn State7–0–2[9]
1921Washington & Jefferson10–0–1[64]
1921Vanderbilt7–0–1[41]
1921Penn State8–0–2[9]
1921California9–0–1[11]
1922West Virginia10–0–1[6]
1922Michigan6–0–1[6]
1922Vanderbilt8–0–1[41]
1922Army8–0–2[35]
1923California9–0–1[11]
1923Kansas5–0–3[43]
1923King[citation needed]8–0–1[65]
1923Texas8–0–1[21]
1924California8–0–2[11]
1924Connecticut[66]6–0–2
1924Dartmouth7–0–1[57]
1924Gonzaga5–0–2[6]
1924Yale6–0–2[4]
1925Colgate7–0–2[6]
1925North Dakota St.5–0–2[22]
1925Tulane9–0–1[6]
1926Alabama9–0–1[29]
1926Stanford10–0–1[67]
1926Navy9–0–1[10]
1926SMU8–0–1[56]
1926Brown9–0–1[6]
1927Illinois10–0–1[48]
1927Minnesota6–0–2[12]
1927Texas A&M8–0–1[53]
1927Washington & Jefferson7–0–2[64]
1927Tennessee8–0–1[28]
1928USC9–0–1[16]
1928Tennessee9–0–1[28]
1928Utah5–0–2[59]
1929Memphis State8–0–2[68]
1929TCU9–0–1[6]
1929Tennessee9–0–1[28]
1929SMU6–0–4[56]
1930Michigan8–0–1[6]
1930Marquette8–0–1[6]
1932Auburn9–0–1[33]
1932Western Michigan6–0–1[46]
1933Michigan7–0–1[67]
1936Alabama8–0–1[29]
1937Pittsburgh9–0–1[40]
1937California10–0–1[11]
1937Fordham7–0–1
1937Villanova8–0–1
1937Dartmouth7–0–2[57]
1937Holy Cross8–0–2
1938Villanova8–0–1
1939University of Southern California8–0–2[16]
1939UCLA6–0–4
1939Duquesne8–0–1
1940Mississippi State10–0–1
1941Notre Dame8–0–1[15]
1941Utah6–0–2[59]
1944USC8–0–2[16]
1945Eastern Michigan5–0–1[58]
1945Indiana9–0–1
1946Notre Dame8–0–1[15]
1946Army9–0–1[35]
1947Miami (OH)9–0–1[17]
1947SMU9–0–2[56]
1947Penn State9–0–1[9]
1947Penn7–0–1[23]
1948Notre Dame9–0–1[15]
1948Army8–0–1[35]
1950Clemson9–0–1[36]
1951Illinois9–0–1[48]
1951Georgia Tech11–0–1[52]
1953Notre Dame9–0–1[15]
1954Virginia Tech8–0–1[69]
1956Texas A&M9–0–1[53]
1957Virginia Military Institute9–0–1
1958Army8–0–1[35]
1958Auburn9–0–1[33]
1958Air Force9–0–2
1960Ole Miss10–0–1
1961Ohio State8–0–1[18]
1963Memphis State9–0–1[70]
1966Notre Dame9–0–1[15]
1966Michigan State9–0–1
1969USC10–0–1[16]
1970Nebraska11–0–1[19]
1973Michigan10–0–1
1973Ohio State10–0–1[18]
1973Oklahoma10–0–1[27]
1974Miami (OH)10–0–1[17]
1979USC11–0–1[16]
1982SMU11–0–1[56]
1985Fresno State11–0–1
1987Syracuse11–0–1
1990Georgia Tech11–0–1[52]
1992Michigan9–0–3
1994Texas A&M10–0–1[53]
1995Toledo11–0–1[62]
note: in 1917, 1918, 1943 and 1944, football teams from military training facilities competed alongside college programs
note: In 1996, the NCAA eliminated ties with a new overtime system

Teams with multiple undefeated seasons[edit]

Teams ordered by the number of undefeated seasons in the top division. Teams in italics no longer compete in Division I FBS.

TeamUndefeatedPerfect
Yale[4]3016
Princeton[3]2918
Michigan[7]2315
Notre Dame[15]2213
USC[16]169
Harvard[5]148
Oklahoma[27]1311
Penn State[9]148
North Dakota State[22]1210
Alabama[29]1210
Auburn[33]127
Washington[45]127
Nebraska[19]119
Miami (OH)[17]116
Minnesota[12]116
Texas[21]109
Colorado School of Mines[14]106
Ohio State[18]96
Texas A&M[53]93
Pittsburgh[40]86
Penn[23]84
Army[35]84
Central Michigan[35]86
Utah[59]75
Tennessee[28]74
Dartmouth[57]73
Georgia Tech[52]72
Western Michigan[46]65
Illinois[48]63
California[11]62
Utah St.[20]64
Cornell[51]55
Clemson[36]53
Eastern Michigan[58]53
SMU[56]51
Colorado[44]44
Toledo[62]43
Chicago[42]42
Iowa[55]42
Lafayette42
Vanderbilt[41]41
Arizona State33
Florida State33
Miami (FL)33
Purdue33
Rutgers33
Saint Louis[38]33
Wisconsin[39]33
Michigan State32
Oregon State[30]32
Georgia32
Tulane32
Navy[10]30
Washington & Jefferson[64]30
Arkansas[24]22
Arkansas St.22
Boise State22
LSU22
Maryland22
Colorado College[47]22
Connecticut21
Colorado State[50]21
Duquesne21
Kansas[43]21
Memphis21
Stanford21
Syracuse21
TCU21
UCLA21
USNTC Bainbridge22
Villanova20

Coaches with multiple undefeated seasons[edit]

Coaches ordered by the number of undefeated seasons in the top division.

TeamUndefeatedPerfect
Gil Dobie[71]1411
Fielding H. Yost[72]96
Earl Blaik[73]73
John Heisman[74]73
Frank Leahy[75]73
Bernie Bierman[76]65
Howard Jones[77]64
Glenn Scobey Warner[78]64
Cleveland L. Abbott[79]62
Robert Neyland[80]61
Joe Paterno[81]55
Knute Rockne[82]55
Ike Armstrong[83]53
Percy Haughton[84]52
Hugo Bezdek[85]51
Bear Bryant[86]43
Bennie Owen[87]43
Elton Rynearson[88]43
Warren B. Woodson[89]43
Dana X. Bible[90]42
Walter Camp[91]42
Woody Hayes[92]42
Amos Alonzo Stagg[93]42
Robert Zuppke[94]42
Dan McGugin[95]41
Francis Schmidt[96]40

Coaches with three undefeated seasons include Don Coryell, Fritz Crisler, Don Faurot, T. A. Dwight Jones, John McKay, Ace Mumford, Frank Murray, William D. Murray, Tom Osborne, Ara Parseghian, Frank Thomas, Wallace William Wade and George Washington Woodruff.

Division I Football Championship Subdivision[edit]

This section covers teams that competed in the second tier of Division I since it was split in 1978:

Note that Division I FCS features a single-elimination championship tournament, reducing the likelihood of multiple teams finishing the season with undefeated records. However, several conferences voluntarily do not compete in the tournament, thus there exists a chance to have multiple undefeated teams in the same year.

In both lists in this section, teams in bold competed in the I-AA or FCS playoffs, thereby winning the national title.

Undefeated and untied[edit]

These teams finished the season with no losses or ties in Division I-AA or FCS football since 1978.[97]

YearTeamRecord
1982Eastern Kentucky13–0–0
1984Tennessee State11–0–0
1986Penn10–0–0[23]
1987Holy Cross11–0–0
1989Georgia Southern15–0–0
1991Holy Cross11–0–0
1993Penn10–0–0[23]
1994Penn9–0–0[23]
1996Marshall15–0
1996Dayton11–0
1996Dartmouth11–0[57]
2000Davidson11–0
2000Robert Morris10–0
2001Sacred Heart10–0
2001Harvard[5]9–0
2003Penn10–0[23]
2004Harvard[5]10–0
2013North Dakota State15–0

Undefeated with ties[edit]

These teams finished the season with no losses, but with ties, in Division I-AA or FCS football since 1978.


YearTeamRecord
1991Alabama State11–0–1[98]
1994Youngstown State14–0–1[99]

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