# Billingsley Report

The Billingsley Report is a college football rating system developed in the late 1960s to determine a national champion. Billingsley has actively rated college football teams on a current basis since 1970.[1] Beginning in 1999, Billingsley's ratings were included as one of seven mathematical formulas included in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings.[2]

Unlike the other mathematical formulas included in the BCS rankings, the Billingsley Report was not prepared by a trained mathematician or statistician. Instead, the Billingsley Report is prepared by Richard Billingsley (born c. 1951), a lifelong college football fan in Hugo, Oklahoma. Billingsley attended Texas Bible College, became a minister and later a consultant in the country music business. He began preparing his own weekly college football ratings as a hobby.[3][4]

Billingsley has also applied his ratings methodology retroactively to select national champions for each year from 1869 to 1870 and from 1872 to 1969. Since 1996,[2] the "Billingsley Report" has been one of the selectors of historic national champions recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in its Football Bowl Subdivision record book.[1]

The NCAA describes Billingsley's methodology as follows: " The main feature of his system is the inclusion of a unique rule for head-to-head competition, with the overall system consisting of a balanced approach to wins, losses, strength of schedule, and home-field advantage. A slight weight is given to most recent performance. The Billingsley formula does not use margin of victory, however, the Billingsley MOV formula does include margin of victory in the calculations."[1]

Richard Billingsley is also the owner of the College Football Research Center.[5]

## Billingsley Report national champions

The following list identifies the college football national champions as selected by the Billingsley Report. Billingsley uses an alternate methodology which includes margin of victory in the calculations. Where the latter methodology results in a different champion, the alternate national champion is listed with the notation "Billingsley MOV".[1]

Season Champion
1869 Princeton
1870 Princeton
1871 No champion selected
1872 Princeton
1873 Princeton
1874 Princeton
1875 Princeton
1876 Yale
1877 Princeton
1878 Princeton
1879 Princeton
1880 Yale
1881 Princeton
1882 Yale
1883 Yale
1884 Princeton
1885 Princeton
1886 Princeton
1887 Yale
1888 Yale
1889 Princeton
1890 Harvard
1891 Yale
1892 Yale
1893 Princeton
1894 Yale
1895 Penn
1896 Princeton
1897 Penn
1898 Harvard
1899 Princeton
1900 Yale
1901 Harvard
1902 Michigan
1903 Princeton
1904 Minnesota
1905 Chicago
1906 Yale
1907 Yale
1908 Harvard
1909 Yale
1910 Harvard
1911 Minnesota
Princeton (Billingsley MOV)
1912 Harvard
1913 Chicago
Auburn (Billingsley MOV)
1914 Illinois
Texas (Billingsley MOV)
1915 Minnesota
Oklahoma (Billingsley MOV)
1916 Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh (Billingsley MOV)
1917 Pittsburgh
1918 Michigan
1919 Illinois
Texas A&M (Billingsley MOV)
1920 Notre Dame
1921 Iowa
California (Billingsley MOV)
1922 Iowa
California (Billingsley MOV)
1923 Michigan
1924 Notre Dame
1925 Alabama
1926 Alabama
1927 Illinois
1928 Georgia Tech
1929 Notre Dame
1930 Notre Dame
1931 USC
1932 USC
1933 Michigan
1934 Minnesota
1935 Minnesota
1936 Minnesota
1937 Pittsburgh
1938 Tennessee
1939 Texas A&M
1940 Stanford
1941 Minnesota
1942 Georgia
1943 Notre Dame
1944 Army
1945 Ohio State
Army (Billingsley MOV)
1946 Army
1947 Michigan
1948 Michigan
1949 Notre Dame
1950 Tennessee
1951 Michigan State
1952 Georgia Tech
1953 Notre Dame
1954 Ohio State
1955 Oklahoma
1956 Oklahoma
1957 Auburn
1958 LSU
1959 Syracuse
1960 Ole Miss
1961 Alabama
1962 Ole Miss
1963 Texas
1964 Arkansas
1965 Michigan State
1966 Notre Dame
1967 USC
1968 Ohio State
1969 Texas
1972 USC
1973 Notre Dame
1974 Oklahoma
1975 Oklahoma
1976 Pittsburgh
USC (Billingsley MOV)
1977 Notre Dame
1978 USC
1979 Alabama
1980 Georgia
1981 Clemson
1982 Penn State
1983 Auburn
1984 BYU
1985 Oklahoma
1986 Penn State
1987 Miami
1988 Notre Dame
1989 Miami
1991 Miami
1992 Alabama
1993 Florida State
1996 Florida
1997 Michigan
1998 Tennessee
1999 Florida State
2000 Oklahoma
2001 Miami
2002 Ohio State
2003 LSU
2004 USC
2005 Texas
2006 Florida