With the passing of Penn State's legendary head coach Joe Paterno, SB Nation looks back on the long and storied career of this extraordinary college football icon.
In 1958, LSU's victory over Alabama and first year head coach Paul Bryant paved the way for the Tiger's National Championship. The two teams didn't meet on the field for another six years but when they did in 1964, once again, the college football title was on the line.
In 2006, Ohio State and Michigan battle to conclude the regular season convinced man the Wolverines deserved a rematch with the Buckeyes in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game but it would be another one-loss squad that would earn the honor - the Florida Gators.
The Rose Bowl Stadium was built during college football's great stadium boom of the 1920s and the story of the historic venue's construction is a tale of the sport's first big-time era.
In 1993, No. 1 Florida State played No. 2 Notre Dame in South Bend for a contest most predicted would be an elimination game for the national championship. Things didn't work out that way.
Texas and Cal had high hopes for the 1969 season when they met for their season opener in Berkeley with a clash that pitted the game's most potent offense against one of the most stifling defenses.
With the country at war and the dominance of the service academies over the rest of college football, the 1944 Army vs. Navy game was one of the most anticipated matchups in the history of the rivalry. The battle on the gridiron that resulted became the stuff of legend.
The stakes in the annual Bedlam rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were never higher than 1984 when both teams were ranked in the AP top three and angling for a national championship shot.
Texas and Texas A&M have met on the gridiron 117 times for one of the longest running rivalries in college football. The first game was a one-sided contest in Austin on Oct. 19, 1894.
The Kansas Jayhawks and the Texas A&M Aggies met a football foes for the first time in 1974 with both teams boasting Texas natives and Longhorn alumni as their head coaches.
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