Ball & Order is a weekly podcast where self-proclaimed sports historians/Attorneys Gabe Ibrahim and Alex Lange debate sports and tell historical sports stories. A Sports Drink podcast. Subscribe to our free newsletter: ballandorder.substack.com.
The 1960 College Football season was one of the wildest and weirdest seasons in the sport’s history. Ole Miss and Minnesota are the two teams claiming the national championship, which should prove the previous statement. Alex and Gabe get into which team should actually be crowned the 1960 champion and a bunch of other weird stories from this season, including how Purdue finished in the top 15 with a 4-4-1 record, a bribery scandal, and the worst player to win the Most Outstanding Passer award. Subscribe to the podcast at ballthroughtheages.substack.com. Graphics by @wlohaty (Tom Brown featured). *Important note: This episode was recorded two weeks ago so we’ve been in quaratine for far longer than we said.* Show OutlineWho are the challengers for the title and what is their claim? Weirdest thing to happen in this season Kansas plays the #1 team three times A UF-FSU Bribery scheme The winless Sammy Baugh winnerLet’s eliminate some teams. Who didn't play anybody?Who has a disqualifying loss?Two teams eliminatedWho wins the title?Apply PlayoffApply the selection at the time (before bowls) Apply selection after the bowls Stuff that didn’t make it There was supposed to be a new bowl game in this season: the Gotham Bowl in Yankee Stadium. But it was cancelled after Army and Air Force pulled out. The next year, the Gotham Bowl would secure Oregon State only to have no opponent for the Beavers. After a two-year run in ‘62 and ‘63, the bowl folded. Pitt’s Mike Ditka finished 6th in Heisman voting. SourcesTipTop25 re-ranked this season and choose a champion. This site has amazing breakdowns of seasons like this one. This Iowa football hype video from 1960 is an absolute must watch. It’s where we got two of the sounds for this podcast. Get on the email list at ballthroughtheages.substack.com