‘Not to slam the others,’ but Colorado insists it was consensus champ over Tech in ‘90

One week after playing in a loud, lively, cowbell-clanging stadium in Starkville, Miss., Georgia expects to find another charged environment in Boulder, Colo.

In conjunction with the Georgia-Colorado game at Folsom Field on Saturday, the Buffaloes will celebrate the 20th anniversary of, as Colorado puts it, “the 1990 consensus national championship team.”

After the 1990 season, Colorado finished No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and Georgia Tech No. 1 in the United Press International poll. Both schools can rightfully claim national championships for that year.

But Colorado insists it was the “consensus” champion, explaining its position at length in a media release previewing this week’s game against, ironically, Tech’s arch-rival:

Now apparently, our use of the word “consensus” upsets a few folks around the country. It’s not to slam the others, but rather to strengthen CU’s case for that season since many point to the Fifth Down game or the clip on Raghib Ismail’s punt return in the Orange Bowl and say our title is tainted. But fact is fact; at the time nine (*) basic postseason polls were recognized as determining a unanimous or consensus national champion; Colorado topped six of those: *Associated Press, *FWAA (Football Writers Association of America), *National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame (MacArthur Trophy), *USA Today-CNN, *Sporting News and *Football News; Georgia Tech won the *United Press International poll (by 1 point) and Miami, Fla., the *Sagarin and *New York Times computer ratings. In the NCAA Record book listing for 1990, it shows 19 different groups that declared a national champion; 11 voted outright for Colorado and three each for Georgia Tech and Miami; one (National Championship Foundation) split it between CU and Tech, and another (FACT, a computer ranking) voted for four, including Washington.

Got all that?

Anyway, Colorado expects to have at least 73 players from its 1990 team in attendance for two days of 20th-anniversary festivities Friday and Saturday.  Bill McCartney, the Buffaloes’ head coach in ‘90, and five of his assistants will be on hand. The ‘90 team will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game, which is expected to draw a sellout crowd.

“It looks like they’re going to be revved up,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “Plus they had an open date [last week] to get all fired up about it, too.”

222 comments Add your comment

K

September 30th, 2010
5:15 am

Sourgrapes

September 30th, 2010
5:21 am

This week, I’m actually rooting for the Dawgs. Beat the snot out of them.

TheTaxJacket

September 30th, 2010
5:28 am

*** Nesbitt for Heismen ***

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

TheTaxJacket

September 30th, 2010
5:30 am

(((( 1990 > 1980 ))))

Glory, glory to the Jackets, their truth is marching on!!!

Dean

September 30th, 2010
5:41 am

Do they think they are sticking it to Tech by celebrating it when UGA is playing them? Geez, if you need such a statement as to why you are national champions then I guess you didn’t really win it on the field. This will be one wierd game where I will want to beat them hard to show them football is better in Georgia and in a odd way, support Tech’s NC claim. Truly, for all of Georgia, go Georgia!

JB

September 30th, 2010
5:42 am

We were consensus and you weren’t but yours is “greater”? I thought yellow maggots were supposed to be good in math?

That said, how bout this math, 8 of the last 9.

HBTD!!!

Richard Tardits

September 30th, 2010
6:10 am

Certainly not siding with Tech but didn’t Colorado get 5 downs to win a game that year? I hope those officials aren’t in Boulder on Saturday though it currently feels like we need 5 downs to score ourselves.

trupert

September 30th, 2010
6:10 am

A.J. Green will catch three, TD’s that is. Ga will need to open up the offense in every game.
A.J. broke a rule and then was punished much more than many others that broke the same rule. Colorado get’s to pay first. Go Dawgs.

Snellville Jacket

September 30th, 2010
6:13 am

All I know is that the crystal football from the 1990 season now resides in the Edge Center at the northeast corner of Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Enough said – GO JACKETS!!!

gomdawg

September 30th, 2010
6:16 am

How cold is it going to be ? any body knows.

Rich

September 30th, 2010
6:27 am

Hey TaxJacket – it’s Heisman not Heismen…..

Gordon

September 30th, 2010
6:40 am

There was one team in 1990 that was undefeated. It wasn’t Colorado. They lost a game, tied a game, and won another game because the referee couldn’t count to four. The coaches voted Tech #1. The very next year, Washington and Miami shared a national championship. LSU has since won a national championship without winning the AP Poll.

There is not a team in America that wouldn’t claim what Tech did as a national championship. If UGA had done the same thing, they would claim it (and I’m sure Tech people would say the same things UGA people do now).

Dap02

September 30th, 2010
6:48 am

If the Colorado coach, “Mr. Promise Keeper” Bill McCartney would have had any balls, he would have forfeited the game to Mizzou. Candy ass.

I wish both teams could lose this game. Hate ‘em both equally.

lance

September 30th, 2010
6:50 am

CO was the Champ in 1990 w/o a doubt. Tech could have used the Citrus bowls “opt out clause” to play in a National Championship game but they decided to play a very weak Nebraska team instead knowing they would get a co-championship if they won. That is not speculation – cold hard facts. Any team that decides NOT to play in a championship game should not be the overall champion. Sorry Tech but you are #2 in 1990 and do not bring up the 5th down because mistakes are made by refs in every game. That is irrelevant to the matter.

NC Dawg

September 30th, 2010
6:56 am

who gives a f*ck?

college is forever

September 30th, 2010
6:59 am

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com That 1990 team was very overrated and very lucky. Mizzou beat them fair and square and the Buffs know it. With that being said Let’s Go Dawgs and redeem yourselves and beat the Buffaloe’s. Show some Pride.

O'Leary

September 30th, 2010
7:00 am

JB – a true loser idiot. Get ready for another beatdown.

Cracker Jacket

September 30th, 2010
7:03 am

HBTD – OK, what about them? Losers is what I see.

Dap02

September 30th, 2010
7:04 am

Right Lance. Just last Saturday I saw four or five games where the refs gave the winning team a fifth down to score the winning touchdown after they’d been stopped on fourth down. Happens all the time, right?

Irrelevant to you maybe. Total lack of character and sportsmanship by McCartney and U of C. Guys a fraud just like Bishop Eddie.

Bob LaBlah

September 30th, 2010
7:08 am

I’m pretty sure a buffalo can stomp the crap out of a fat, little slobbering, wheezing dog that sits on a bag of ice.

We get 5 downs to score

September 30th, 2010
7:13 am

BOVINE SCATOLOGY!!! NO ONE should get 5 downs!!! NO ONE! PATHETIC!

Joe

September 30th, 2010
7:15 am

Lance is an idiot – Co deserved another loss and everyone with half a brain knows it. I can’t stand UGA but will be pulling for them this weekend!

BKB

September 30th, 2010
7:16 am

If more than one male with the last name of Heisman is in the room, are they referred to as ‘Heismen’?

We get 5 downs to score

September 30th, 2010
7:18 am

And don’t forget, Colorado lost to Illinois in 1990.

Jacketman

September 30th, 2010
7:21 am

Never thought I’d say this about any team, but “5 Down CU” deserves it—GO DAWGS! KICK THEIR 5 DOWN A$$E$!!!

Run, ealey, Run

September 30th, 2010
7:28 am

BankerDawg

September 30th, 2010
7:28 am

Can someone enlighten me as to what the Citrus Bowl “opt out clause” was?

Never heard of that before.

Rest assured, if my Dawgs had gone 11-0-1 and pounded Nebraska in a bowl game (I don’t particularly care what the name of the bowl was), I would be touting 1990 as a National Championship season as well.

And yes, while refs typically make mistakes around a phantom hold, clip, etc, I would say giving a team an extra down kind of qualifies as “atypical”, no?

Anyway, Lord I sure hope we get a complete game out of our guys and win in Boulder.

GOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!

SatchelBuzz

September 30th, 2010
7:34 am

Lance,….did you just make that crap up? You’re an idiot.

THWG!!!

Burdell

September 30th, 2010
7:39 am

Whip ‘em good for us Dawgs!!!

We’ll try to right the ship in Winston-Salem. GO JACKETS!!!

MastersJacket

September 30th, 2010
7:40 am

The one person in the country that would know which team was better was the one coach whose team played GT and CU – that was Nebraska’s Tom Osborne. He said that GT was clearly the better team and deserved the MNC.

Dap02

September 30th, 2010
7:42 am

BankerDawg speaks the truth. Lance speaks with forked tongue.

Buffaloe should be slaughtered for the good of the people.

So this week……..Go Dawgs!!

gadawgs

September 30th, 2010
7:42 am

Lance…Really? As much as I hate Tech (and ;believe me that’s alot) Colorado did not deserve to be there. If they do not get the extra down (according to you Lance it happens all of the time) they would not have scored. As much as it pains me to say this Tech should not have had to share anything with them that year. i’m just keeping it real….

UGA Fan

September 30th, 2010
7:45 am

Who gives a crap.. (1990) that was 20 years ago. Stop living in the past- We’ll kick your a@@ CU! wait and see.

dawg1

September 30th, 2010
7:48 am

Why bring GT into this anyway?It has nothing to do with UGA.

Dawg_Mike

September 30th, 2010
7:49 am

Yawn.

Ok, Colorado, if you want to try something really novel, why don’t you schedule the North Avenue Trade School and settle it on the damn field.
Maybe Tech can get Ball to come back and play QB-He can’t count to 4 either.

Dawg_Mike

September 30th, 2010
7:50 am

dawg1- it gives the maggots something to blog about since their site might have 10 hits a day…they feel lonely.

Bamafan

September 30th, 2010
7:52 am

Clearly the Colorado folks feel inadequate. They won the AP title. The fact that they feel the need to call their title “consensus” when it was not just shows how pitiful Colorado football has become.
1990 is one of those years when the title was not consensus.

ramblingbuzz

September 30th, 2010
7:53 am

Geez there is some common sense among the Dawg bloggers after all. Except for Lance. Interesting that he should invent a mythical “opt out” clause. As I recall there was not an established MNC game in 1990. The teams went to which ever bowl game they got invited to play in. And if you didn’t want to play in that particular game, it was just tough.

Brock

September 30th, 2010
7:54 am

From a jacket fan- Dawgs, please go west young men and kick the ever lovin crap out of those cheaters.

Too Easy

September 30th, 2010
7:55 am

UGA Fan

About the same number of people that give a crap about 1980. That was 30 years ago. Stop living in the past.

Brock

September 30th, 2010
7:56 am

but watch out for those 5 downs that seem to happen all the time. LOL

Big Al

September 30th, 2010
7:58 am

I remember it well. Ga Tech and Colorado as co-national champions. It was a really, really bad year for college football.

reebok

September 30th, 2010
8:01 am

Tech fan here – Hey Dawgs – Do me a favor…Go out there and CRUSH these guys!! Thanks!!!!

Jingle Dingle

September 30th, 2010
8:02 am

It is amazing what you can accomplish with 5 DOWNS..

GTJeff

September 30th, 2010
8:03 am

Colorado is the least deserving NC in the history of college football. They basically had to cheat not once, but TWICE to win two of their games & tied & lost another. Let them have what they want. They’ve been crying about that bs for 20 years. That one vote difference in the coaches poll was due to Tom Osborne. Coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He played both teams & stated Georgia Tech was clearly the better team. Remember you losers had to rally late in the 4th quarter after trailing 12-0 to beat the Huskers. We demolished them 45-21 in the Citrus.

And for all of you Colorado fans, where is your AFCA National Championship Trophy? You know the crystal ball that is hoisted by the winner of the BCS NC now? The symbolic trophy of the FBS National Champion? Oh thats right you didn’t get one, Georgia Tech got that one in 1990 (also known as the coaches trophy)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFCA_National_Championship_Trophy

Ed

September 30th, 2010
8:03 am

Tech fans never play the IF game, it makes you look stupid. You won the championship. Who cares what another university says?

Fair and Balanced

September 30th, 2010
8:04 am

Who cares who won the NC in 1990? What is important is who is going to win on Saturday. If GA does not win on Saturday (and I would suspect the odds-makers don’t think they will) the season will be a fulfillment of the poor leadership of CMR actually predicting the possibility of things getting worse. Self-fulfilling prophecies in the negative ought to result in the firing of the man. This is the poorest leadership ever!

1980 Dawg

September 30th, 2010
8:04 am

I think GT has a legitimate claim to the 1990 National Championship but it aggravates me when the buzzheads equate that to the 1980 UGA champions who were undefeated, untied, featured one of the best running backs to ever play college football, and finished the season Number 1 in EVERY poll. I realize Tech has lots of math classes but I’m not sure they teach English that well if their students and supporters can’t understand UNANIMOUS vs. CONSENSUS. (Maybe at Tech they only teach English as a second language)

Our 1980 team will be honored at the Idaho St. game later this year and we’ll have a heck of a party the night before. Go Dogs!

GTJeff

September 30th, 2010
8:04 am

Oh & one last thought…

GO DAWGS! I hope you rebound with a vengence this week & destroy these posers on their home turf!!!

GTJeff

September 30th, 2010
8:05 am

I’ve never thought that 1980 NC was not legit. Hell, I have the commemorative 1980 Coke bottle & the 1990 Coke bottle sitting on my TV stand at home.