But how many people will blindly acquiesce to Alabama's claimed 13 titles?
Most of the nation.
Which is a shame because many of the Bama titles are completely illegitimate.
Indeed, the NCAA recognizes eight titles for the Crimson Tide. The SEC agrees with that number.
So where do the extra five titles come from? The ones that make Bama fans walk around in those stupid "Got 13" t-shirts?
They're made up.
In 1983 Alabama's sports information director simply added five unrecognized national titles to the media guide.
Seriously, he did that.
That year five addtional titles appeared out of thin air, all from pre-1941.
And now Alabama fans believe these titles are all legit. Even though these titles aren't recognized by the SEC or the NCAA.
My favorite is the claimed title from 1941 when Alabama finished third in the SEC with losses to Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. (The sports information director, and I'm not making this up, cited the loss to Mississippi State as coming in the rain and the loss to Vandy as "close.")
#introspective-pot-meet-kettle-query: This encuriouses me. Which of Michigan's claimed MNC's are most controversial? I don't believe any are "actually finished #20 nationally" controversial. Am I wrong?