2017 NCAA® National Champions - North Carolina® 71 - Gonzaga™ 65
This panorama spotlights the opening tip-off between the nation's top two men's college basketball teams, as they competed to win the biggest game of the 2016-17 season – the 79th edition of the Division I Men's National Championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. In front of a crowd of 76,168 basketball enthusiasts, the North Carolina Tar Heels™ defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs™ for the program's sixth national title, ultimately securing the redemption the team waited an entire year to celebrate. This was UNC coach Roy Williams' third national title, placing him in an elite group as one of only six Division I men's basketball coaches with three or more titles.
This panorama captures Clemson's victory celebration from what many claim to be one of the best college championship games ever between the two top ranked teams of the 2016 season - the Clemson Tigers® and the Alabama Crimson Tide®. Clemson claimed consecutive ACC titles for the first time in 28 years, crushed Ohio State® 31-0 in the playoffs and finally accomplished what most have only dreamed of, ending Alabama's twenty-six game undefeated streak and upending the Crimson Tide’s quest for another national championship. This is Clemson's first national championship in 35 years, and an especially rewarding victory, as they claimed the title over rival Alabama in this championship title rematch.
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, spotlights the biggest college football game of the year, the 2nd annual College Football Championship Game, between the two top ranked teams of the 2015 season – the Clemson Tigers the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Crimson Tide set their aim for a fourth national title in seven seasons and they achieved their goal. Coach Nike Saban got his shot at his fifth national title and he is now the only coach other than Bear Bryant to have at least five in major college history.
This panorama of the North Dakota State Bison football team winning their fifth straight NCAA Division I Football Championship Game was taken by Christopher Gjevre. NDSU competed against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, who were making their first appearance in the FCS championship game. North Dakota State was the first college football team at any level to win five straight national titles. The Bison compiled a 71-5 record during the historic run, including an FCS record 33-game winning streak.
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, spotlights the celebration of a new era and the biggest college football game of the year, the 1st annual College Football Championship Game, between the two top ranked teams of the 2014 season – the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks. No stranger to adversity, the Buckeyes completed a remarkable in-season turnaround (14-1) and began the first major college football playoff as an underdog, the fourth and final seed, yet, became the truest champion big-time football has ever crowned. With this win, Ohio State captured the night, made history and claimed their eighth national title; soundly ending the year-long debate to determine the best team in the 2014 college football season.
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, spotlights the reigning FCS national champion, the North Dakota State Bison, defending their title against the fifth-seeded Illinois State Redbirds. Having won the championship in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Bison were not strangers to this coveted event. In the end, the game boiled down to which team made more plays, and on a cold Saturday in Frisco, Texas, once again it was NDSU. The Bison’s 29-27 nail-biting victory over the Redbirds made them the first-ever Division I team to win four straight national titles and, with the win, they moved into a tie with only one other school for second place on the FCS title leaderboard, with four.
This panorama, taken by James Blakeway, spotlights the biggest game of the year – the 16th annual BCS National Championship Game between the two top ranked teams of the 2013 college football season – the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers. While each team was seeking its second national championship since the system began in 1998, the Seminoles rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat Auburn in a thrilling finale, with a final score of 34-31. This victory caps the year for the Seminoles, who won all of their prior games for the season by two or more touchdowns. This year’s BCS National Championship Game was hosted at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, spotlights the North Dakota State Bison playing their third consecutive tournament title game against the newcomer Towson Tigers. Nothing was going to satisfy the Bison but perfection, and perfect they were. The Bison whipped Towson 35-7 before a rocking 19,802 fan base at Toyota Stadium to complete a perfect season and become the second Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program to win a third straight national championship. Overall, the Bison were 43-2 the last three seasons, and their senior class was 52-7 with four straight trips to at least the FCS quarterfinals.
This panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, captures the most anticipated national title matchup of the BCS era between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Both teams ranked among the best in defense, but the Crimson Tide had the edge on offense and, without a doubt, was predicted to win and ultimately succeeded, with a final score of Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14. As the Crimson Tide reached its third BCS title in four seasons, the SEC claims its seventh consecutive national championship. The BCS National Championship Game is the final bowl game of the season, played between the two highest-ranked teams in the BCS standings.
This panorama highlights the excitement of one of the most anticipated college football games of the year between two worthy SEC opponents, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Louisiana State University Tigers, as they battle for the coveted award at the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. In the end, it was the onslaught of the Crimson Tide's bruising running attack that achieved national championship status with a final score of Alabama 21, LSU 0. This is Alabama's second trip to the national championship game and their second win. The BCS National Championship Game is the final bowl game of the season, played between the two highest-ranked teams in the BCS standings.
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