“Perhaps no football team in Boston College history has surpassed the achievements of the storied 1940 Eagles – now celebrating the 75th anniversary of a magnificent season when BC was undefeated (11-0); won the 1941 Sugar Bowl by conquering previously unbeaten Tennessee on New Year’s Day; and staked a rightful claim to at least a share of the 1940 National Championship.
The NCAA also took no role in determining a national football champion in that era, leaving the final selection to the newspapers, magazines and radio outlets that devoted enormous coverage to college football, baseball and horse racing – and offered virtually no nod to the upstart National Football League or other pro sports organizations.
Boston College, Minnesota and Stanford were all crowned as “National Champions” by various media outlets – and each school has a case for the right to fly the 1940 championship banner. In the East and South, sentiment was strong in favor of the Eagles: the sports editor of the New York Herald Tribune wrote that the victory over Tennessee ‘entitled Boston College to be the undefeated champions of the United States.'”
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