Countdown to College Football Kickoff 2015: Day 46, Notre Dame-Army Rules 1946


The 2015 college football kickoff is only 46 days away, and as we get closer to North Dakota State and Montana on Aug. 29, Saturday Blitz will be counting down with some features for each day.

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With 46 days remaining until our college football thirst is satisfied its the 1946 season that will help whet your appetite.

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This was a time when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were still a dominating powerhouse, and the Black Knights of Army were one of their top nemeses. It was the game between these two bitter rivals that created one of the most controversial split national championships ever seen.

For Notre Dame’s part, they were a dominating team who steamrolled opponents all year long, never giving up more than six points in any game the entire season. The Black Knights had their own impressive run going, including winning the last two contests between the two by scores of 59-0 and 48-0.

Both teams were undefeated going into the 1946 game at Yankee Stadium, and No. 1 ranked Army was putting a 25-game winning streak on the line.

1946 No. 2 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Army via

Two legendary coaches, Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy and Army’s Earl Blaik, coached their two nationally ranked teams to a 0-0 tie in a game that was billed as “the Game of the Century”, and by the end of the season, pollsters and ranking services were split on precisely which team was the true national champion.

The AP poll gave the title to the Irish, while many others ranked Army as the nation’s top team. It was a split decision that was never really settled on the field.

Truly, the playoffs were nearly 70 years too late.

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