Record: 9 - 1
Finish: 1942 National Champions
Coach: Paul Brown
Best Player: Charles Csuri
1942 was the first consensus National Championship for the storied OSU program. Behind a dominating line featuring All-Americans Charles Csuri and Lindell Houston, the Buckeyes were truly dominating, winning their games by an average score of 37-11, and dropping their only game when half the team fell ill after drinking contaminated water. The '42 squad was noteworthy and badass for another reason as well. That reason being undersized (at 202 lb.) lineman Bill Willis, the first African-American on a National Championship team, who had been recruited off the Buckeye track team the year before by pioneering coach Paul Brown.