Notre Dame, which joined the ACC in non-football sports in 2013 but is still an FBS independent, has won 11 national championships. However, several sources credit the Fighting Irish with 13 championships. More information may be found at Notre Dame Fighting Irish football national titles.
In addition to its 11 NCAA football titles, Notre Dame also claims five National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championships: 1920 (football), 1921 (football), 1922 (football), 1923 (football), and 1924 (basketball). Although not officially part of the NCAA, the NAIA operates as a separate organization that sponsors men's basketball, football, and baseball. Games are played between February and April each year.
Notre Dame began competing in intercollegiate athletics in 1882. The university's first national championship came in 1920 when it beat Carnegie Tech by a score of 6-0 to win the inaugural title in football. In 2001, the school claimed its second title in this sport when they beat Michigan 17-16 in a game known as the "Shillelagh Bowl."
Notre Dame's other national championships include: 1946 (men's basketball); 1957 (men's basketball); 1988 (women's soccer); 1991 (women's soccer); 2008 (men's golf); 2009 (men's golf).
The NCAA football rankings started in 1950.
Ohio, Columbus (October ) Mississippi State has never won a national title in a team sport in its 123-year history of competing in collegiate athletics. Notre Dame, on the other hand, has 34 victories, 11 of which have come in football. The Fighting Irish are tied for second most with Alabama and Michigan among major college football programs.
A school's success in sports such as football and basketball can affect their standing among the other schools within their university. Many schools use these successes to promote themselves as leaders in their fields which can lead to more funding and increased prestige. Missisippi State has never been ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll or Coaches' Poll. They did win the SEC West Division in 1990 but that was not enough to make it into the playoffs. Since then they have always been out of the running before the season starts.
In addition to its lack of success at the national level, Mississippi State has never appeared in the NFL Draft. The best opportunity for players to get drafted will be through special teams contributions. There are several MSU players who have had productive careers with various organizations after leaving Starkville. Jarvis Jones, for example, went first overall to Pittsburgh in 2012 despite not having played a down of pro football. He is only the third freshman ever chosen No. 1 by the AP Poll.
There have been 187 national champions proclaimed since that year, with some years seeing two or even three teams crowned. Only 44 teams may win a college football title throughout that time period. The number of titles is likely to be much lower if you include pre-NCAA seasons.
The most prestigious sport at the university level is basketball, with men participating in the NBA and women in the WNBA. Football is second, with men participating in the NFL and women in the WNBA as well. Baseball is third, with men participating in the Major Leagues and women in the WNBA.
Before the creation of the NCAA, most major sports were sponsored by universities or conferences. Before the 1950s, only men's basketball was sponsored by an organization (the National Collegiate Athletic Association). In 1957, the NCAA began sponsoring men's and women's tennis, which it does today. In 1982, the NCAA started sponsoring football again after a 30-year hiatus. In addition, before the creation of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in 1998, all but one national championship was awarded by direct election by sports writers rather than through any sort of ranking system. Since then, two more teams have been granted their own titles: the Miami Hurricanes in 2001 and the Oklahoma Sooners in 2002.