If NCAA officials were undecided as to whether some type of bowl alliance championship was necessary for Division I-A college football, 1990 was the year that may have swayed them. Six different teams held the No. 1 spot during the season and for the first time since Alabama and USC split the national championship in 1978, two teams shared the title. Bobby Ross' Georgia Tech squad, tied once but unbeaten, was named UPI's national champ by the narrowest of margins (847-846), while Colorado (11-1-1) was voted No. 1 by AP's panel of broadcasters and sportswriters. The Buffaloes went on to defeat Notre Dame by a score of 10-9 in the Orange Bowl.
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