Turns out Richard Nixon could be nearly as grimey in gridiron matters as he was in politics. Penn State was riding high off of their second consecutive undefeated regular season when Tricky Dick preemptively handed the national championship to the winner of the Texas Longhorns and Arkansas Razorbacks game in early December, before any bowl games were even played. No matter, the '69 Nittany Lions were legitimately badass on their own; led by Outland Trophy and Maxwell Award winner Mike Reid, as well as a couple guys who would make names for themselves elsewhere in the Keystone State (Jack Ham and Franco Harris), they gave up more than two touchdowns only once during the season. And coach Joe Paterno got a chance to clap back at Nixon while speaking at the 1973 PSU commencement: "I'd like to know how could the president know so little about Watergate in 1973 and so much about college football in 1969?" Ether!
1969 Penn State Nittany Lions