Notre Dame National Championship Wins

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The University of Notre Dame, located in Notre Dame, Indiana, just north of South Bend, is home to the intercollegiate football team known as the Fighting Irish. The team's home games are held in the 77,622-seat Notre Dame Stadium on campus.


As one of only four universities to compete as an independent in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Notre Dame plays five games a year against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), of which it is a member in all but ice hockey.


The Fighting Irish are one of the most illustrious college football teams in history. Notre Dame has won 11 consensus national titles since their debut season in 1887, including 8 from major wire services (AP, Coaches), and they have a total of 22 titles from 11 unclaimed co-national champions.


There are seven Heisman Trophy winners among Notre Dame players. Though the NCAA controversially annulled 21 of Notre Dame's wins in 2016 due to self-reported academic wrongdoing, the school still holds 945 official victories. 22 seasons without a loss for Notre Dame, including 12 perfect seasons. Notre Dame home games have been broadcast on NBC since 1991.


How many National Championships has Notre Dame won?

Notre Dame has won 11 national championships.

(1924, 1929, 1930, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988)


There are eleven national titles in all, made up of three Dickinson System and eight wire service titles; however, Notre Dame is frequently given credit for more. The disparity can be partially attributed to the seasons of 1938, 1953, and 1964.


The Dickinson System awarded the national title and the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy to 8-1 Notre Dame in the 1938 season, but the Associated Press gave the championship to 11-0 TCU.


Nearly all major selectors recognized the undefeated Notre Dame team (9-0-1) as the national champion of the 1953 season; however, the Irish came in second to 10-1 Maryland in the AP and UPI (coaches') polls.


The MacArthur Bowl was given to Notre Dame in 1964 when the National Football Foundation crowned them the national champions. Notre Dame does not formally acknowledge the national titles from 1938, 1953, or 1964 because of a policy that only recognizes AP and Coaches' Poll victories after 1936.


In addition to its eleven claimed national titles, Notre Dame has been recognized as the national champion in eleven more seasons (1919, 1920, 1927, 1938, 1953, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1989, 1993, and 2012) by at least one NCAA-designated "major selector.”


When was the last time Notre Dame won the National Championships?

Notre Dame’s most recent win was in 1988.


Coach Lou Holtz controversially led his 10–0 Irish team to Los Angeles in 1988, but he did it without stars Ricky Watters and Tony Brooks, whom he had suspended for behavior issues. These players had previously encountered difficulties, and they had been informed that repeating the behavior would have dire repercussions.


Still, the Irish's victory over USC validated his move. In 1988, Holtz won the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for national coach of the year. That same year, he led Notre Dame to victories over No. 3 West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl and No. 1 Miami in the Catholics vs. Convicts series, earning the team the national championship. In 1988, the Irish achieved a perfect 12-0 record, marking their final season without a loss and their national championship to date.


Notre Dame National Championships wins years

YearCoachSelectorRecordBowl
1924Knute RockneDickinson System10–0Won Rose
19299–0
193010–0
1943Frank LeahyAP9–1
19468–0–1
19479–0
194910–0
1966Ara ParseghianAP, Coaches9–0–1
1973AP11–0Won Sugar
1977Dan DevineAP, Coaches11–1Won Cotton
1988Lou Holtz12–0Won Fiesta
National Championships11


Notre Dame National Championships appearances

Over 71 seasons, Notre Dame has appeared in 715 Associated Press polls. Notre Dame has been ranked first for 95 weeks, in the top 5 for 277 weeks, and in the top 10 for 496 weeks. In the final Associated Press poll of the season, Notre Dame was ranked 56 times at the end of the year.


YearRankingRecord
193686–2
193796–2–1
193858–1
1939137–2
194138–0–1
194267–2–1
194319–1
194498–2
194597–2–1
194618–0–1


YearRankingRecord
194719–0
194829–0
194919–0
195237–2–1
195328–0–1
195448–1
195598–2
1957106–3
1958176–4
1959175–5


YearRankingRecord
196439–1
196597–2–1
196619–0–1
196758–2
196857–2–1
196958–2–1
1970210–1
1971138–2
1972148–3
1973111–0


YearRankingRecord
1974610–2
1976129–3
1977111–1
197879–3
198099–2–1
1987178–4
1988112–0
1989212–1
199069–3
19911310–3


YearRankingRecord
1992410–1–1
1993211–1
1995119–3
1996198–3
1998229–3
2000159–3
20021710–3
200599–3
20061710–3
2012412-1


YearRankingRecord
2013209–4
20151110–3
20171110–3
2018512–1
20191211–2
2020510-2
2021811–2
2022189–4
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Notre Dame Conference Titles Wins

Notre Dame is an independent football team, though it plays with the Atlantic Coast Conference for at least five games a year but hasn’t won a conference title yet.


Notre Dame Division titles Wins

There are no division titles won by Notre Dame.

FAQs

A. Notre Dame has won 11 national championships (1924, 1929, 1930, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1966, 1973, 1977, and 1988).

A. Discrepancies exist due to differing opinions on titles, influenced by seasons like 1938, 1953, and 1964.

A. Notre Dame has been recognized as a national champion in eleven more seasons (1919, 1920, 1927, 1938, 1953, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1989, 1993, and 2012).

A. Notre Dame's most recent national championship win was in 1988.

A. Notre Dame has been ranked 56 times in the final AP poll, appearing in a total of 715 polls.

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