Originally written on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 5/19/14
Penn State’s ring of honor already pays tribute to the undefeated 1994 season, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this fall. That season the Nittany Lions finished second in the major polls behind Nebraska, but the New York Times crowned Penn State as the national champion. The only problem is the New York Times national champion will never receive the same praise as Nebraska will with the AP and Coaches Poll crowns. That’s just the way things go, unless you are Auburn. Auburn padded its national championship résumé recently by laying claim to the national championship during the 1993 season. The Tigers went undefeated that season but were ineligible for postseason play due to a postseason ban issued by the NCAA. Auburn finished fourth in the Associated Press poll that season, behind top-ranked Florida State, Notre Dame and Nebraska. That did not stop Auburn from suggesting it won the national title that season. For a program to claim a national championship in a year it served p...
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