History is indeed written by the victors, and in college football, history can often forget those who came the closest to putting their own names into the books.
Since the arrival of the BCS in the 1998 season, there have been 18 national championship games in college football. Many of the 18 winners are well-known for their excellence, but what about those who fell short of winning it all?
Where does this season's Clemson team rank compared to other runners-up?
Here are the top 10 teams that lost either a BCS or a College Football Playoff national championship game. These rankings were determined by three factors—average point differential (the difference between scoring offense and scoring defense), strength of schedule (a given number rating from sports-reference.com) and the quality of the teams' losses.
It's difficult to try and objectively compare teams from different seasons, but this list is based on which title-losing teams were the most dominant with respect to the quality of opponents they faced that year.