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Tennessee Volunteers... 1951 National champs....



Item # 667748

December 5, 1951

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, December 5, 1951

* Tennessee Volunteers
* National champions (1st report)
* NCAA college football


The sport's section (page 26) has a one column heading: "Tennessee Wins First Grid Crown" with subhead and top 20 list. First report coverage on the Tennessee Volunteers officially being named national champions of college football by the associated press (AP poll).
Complete with 38 pages, light toning at the margins, small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.

wikipedia notes: The 1951 college football season finished with seven unbeaten major college teams, of which five were unbeaten and untied. Ultimately, the Tennessee Volunteers were voted the best team by the Associated Press, followed by the Michigan State Spartans, with the Vols having a plurality of first place votes (139 to 104). Tennessee lost in the Sugar Bowl to the equally undefeated and untied #3 Maryland Terrapins, but the postseason games didn't count, so the Terps did not have a share of the national title.

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