they claim every thing under the sun. That year - they were #1 in the UPI - whose final bowls were before the bowl games. Then they lost to Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl - and ND is generally recognized as the 1973 National Champions. But I still think Bama claims the UPI final poll as a NC. In 1978 - they lost to USC - but got a split NC. In 1964 - they backed into a NC - after ND got screwed at USC - and Arkansas lost. And in 1965 - When UCLA and the gutty little Bruins upset heavily favored #1 Michigan St 14-12 in theRose Bowl. You get the picture........................... ND go tthe MacAurther award in 1964 - but they never claimed it as a NC. Should have contested the BS in 1993. They only claim slam-dunks 1966, 1973, 1977, 1988 -which they will do after they beat Bama on Jan 7.