The AP National Championship Trophy is the trophy awarded annually by the Associated Press (AP) to the team who finishes the season at the number one spot in the AP Poll and signifies that team being selected as national champions of college football for that season.
The trophy consists of a silver or gold football suspended above a base which contains the letters "AP" (for Associated Press), along with the information on who the recipient of the trophy was.
Until the 1968 college football season, the final AP poll of the season was released following the end of the regular season, with the exception of the 1965 season.
The Associated Press is not tied to the Bowl Championship Series, and the trophy can be awarded to a team which did not win the BCS National Championship Game. This has happened once after the 2003 season when LSU won the BCS title game, but USC received a higher total of votes in the AP Poll, and therefore received the AP National Championship Trophy. Teams serving NCAA postseason bans are still eligible for the AP National Championship, which occurried following the 1974 season. Teams that are later sanctioned by the NCAA such that official results are forfeited or vacated do not forfeit their AP title, as occurred for the 2004 season.
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