Ranking every National Champion in the four-team College Football Playoff era

The College Football Playoff will be expanding to 12 teams in 2025. Let's take a look back at each National Champion that made it through the four-team playoff and find out who was the best.

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Trevor Keegan (77) and quarterback J.J. McCarthy hold up the National Championship trophy after their win over the Washington Huskies.
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Trevor Keegan (77) and quarterback J.J. McCarthy hold up the National Championship trophy after their win over the Washington Huskies. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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As the most recent champion, the Michigan Wolverines come in as the first undefeated team in this ranking. Michigan dominated throughout a lot of their season, but it was also clouded with controversy. I don't want to get into all of that, but I will say, due to all of that, the Wolverines had to play without their head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Even though all of the controversy during the season, it is impressive how these players came out and dominated. Granted in their last three regular-season games look closer, but those were the games Harbaugh didn't coach in. Still, the Wolverines took down a quality No. 13 ranked Penn State team, got past a trap game in Maryland, and then beat their long-time rival No. 10 Ohio State.

Fast-forward to the National Championship. Going into this game against the Washington Huskies, it seemed very evenly matched. However, even though it was a one-score game at halftime, the Wolverines came out strong in the second half and dominated a very good Washington team.

Of all the undefeated teams in this ranking, I am putting Michigan at the bottom because of the small amount of struggle they had at the end of the season. This is still a great team though that will go down in history for what they did.

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