Pac-12 Conference

The Conference of Champions

Football National Championships

Football National Championships 

As one of the most prominent football conferences in the country, the depth and quality of the programs in the Pac-12 allow league teams to compete for national titles on a yearly basis. In its history, Pac-12 teams have been recognized as consensus National Champions 10 different times, most recently with USC earning the distinction in back-to-back years in 2003 and 2004. The Conference is also home to 11 Heisman Trophy winners, over 200 consensus All-Americans and over 125 College Football Hall of Fame Players and Coaches. Below are Pac-12 members recognized as national champions by various "major selectors" listed in the official NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records.

Year Champ Record Coach
1920 California 9-0 Andy Smith
1921 California 9-0-1 Andy Smith
1922 California 9-0 Andy Smith
1923 California 9-0-1 Andy Smith
1926 Stanford 10-0-1 Glenn Warner
1928 USC 9-0-1 Howard Jones
1929 USC 10-2 Howard Jones
1931 USC 10-1 Howard Jones
1932 USC 10-0 Howard Jones
1933 USC 10-1-1 Howard Jones
1937 California 10-0-1 Stub Allison
1939 USC 8-0-2 Howard Jones
1940 Stanford 10-0 Clark Shaughnessy
1954 UCLA* 9-0 Henry Sanders
1960 Washington 10-1 Jim Owens
1962 USC* 11-0 John McKay
1967 USC* 10-1 John McKay
1970 Arizona State 11-0 Frank Kush
1972 USC* 12-0 John McKay
1974 USC* 10-1-1 John McKay
1975 Arizona State 12-0 Frank Kush
1976 USC 11-1 John Robinson
1978 USC* 12-1 John Robinson
1979 USC 10-0-1 John Robinson
1984 Washington 11-1 Don James
1990 Washington 10-2 Don James
1990 Colorado* 11-1-1 Bill McCartney
1991 Washington* 12-0 Don James
2002 USC 11-2 Pete Carroll
2003 USC* 12-1 Pete Carroll
2004 USC*^ 11-0 Pete Carroll
2007 USC 11-2 Pete Carroll
2008 Utah 13-0 Kyle Whittingham

* - Consensus National Champions
^ - Later vacated due to NCAA penalty

From 1998-2013, the BCS was used to determine national champions in FBS. All “major selectors” not otherwise listed also selected the BCS champion as its higest ranked team in those seasons. In years where a “major selector” had a team other than the BCS champion as highest ranked team in its final poll that team is listed below the BCS Champion.

Beginning in 2014, the College Football Playoff was used to determine national champions in FBS. All “major selectors” not otherwise listed also selected the CFP champion as its higest ranked team in those seasons. In years where a “major selector” had a team other than the CFP champion as highest ranked team in its final poll that team is listed below the CFP Champion.