The 2012 college football season beckons, images of Sparty, Bucky and Howard’s Rock permeating through fans’ minds eagerly awaiting toe meeting leather. It’s those images – the iconic, first-thought pictures – that trigger the senses. For the top 15 all-time winningest Division I football programs, these snapshots capture our imagination:

RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
1 1,241 895 310 36 .736
MICHIGAN
Bo Schembechler went 194-48-5 as head coach at Michigan from 1969-89. He was 5-12 in bowl games, including 1-8 in the Rose Bowl. Schembechler replaced Chalmers "Bump" Elliott as head coach and proclaimed, "Those who stay will be champions!" Schembechler followed through: Every Wolverine who played four years under Schembechler won at least one Big Ten championship.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
2 1,271 869 347 55 .705
YALE
The Yale Bowl was completed in 1914 and currently seats 61,446, reduced by renovations from its original capacity of 70,869. It was the first bowl-shaped stadium in the country -- it opened on Nov. 21, 1914, for the Yale-Harvard game -- and was declared a national historic landmark in 1987. The largest crowd to attend any event at the Bowl was 80,000 for the Army game on Nov. 3, 1923.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
3 1,221 858 330 33 .716
TEXAS
Darrell Royal won three national championships with Texas (1963, '69 and '70) and introduced the Wishbone offense under the guidance of offensive coordinator Emory Bellard. After implenting the Wishbone in 1968, Texas tied its first game, lost its second game, and then reeled off 30 consecutive victories. The Longhorns went 30-2-1 from 1968-70 after being 19-12 the previous three seasons.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
4 1,195 853 300 42 .731
NOTRE DAME
The Fighting Irish were the first with seven Heisman Trophy winners (now tied with Ohio State; USC has six after Reggie Bush's 2005 award was vacated). Notre Dame's Hesiman winners: Angelo Bertelli (1943), Johnny Lujack (1947), Leon Hart (1949), John Lattner (1953), Paul Hornung (1956), John Huarte (1964), Tim Brown (1987). Playing under the watch of "Touchdown Jesus," the Irish claim 13 national championships.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
5 1,235 846 349 40 .701
NEBRASKA
Tom Osborne proved that you can succeed in the wake of following a legend (Bob Devaney). Osborne was 255-49-3 from 1973-97 and won three national championships (1994, '95 and '97); he was 60-3 in his final five seasons. Nebraska never won less than nine games under Osborne and was ranked in every Associated Press poll except for one week in 1977 and two weeks in 1981.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
6 1,194 825 316 53 .713
OHIO STATE
At its first performance on Oct. 10, 1936, the script Ohio's "i" was dotted by trumpet player John Brungart, with no special attention given to the movement; the march from the top of the "o" to the top of the "i" was just another movement to complete a formation. On Oct. 23, 1937, sousaphone player Glen Johnson dotted the "i" and from that time forward, the i-dot became the province of the big horns.
Ohio State band dots the "i"
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
7 1,181 821 307 53 .718
OKLAHOMA
Pulled by two white ponies named Boomer and Sooner, the Sooner Schooner is a scaled-down replica of a Conestoga wagon and made its debut at Owen Field in 1964 and became the university's official mascot in 1980. The Schooner is driven by members of the all-male spirit organization RUF/NEKS, whose Queen sits next to the driver, and a RUF/NEKS hangs by his legs off the back, waving the university's flag.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
8 1,252 821 381 50 .676
HARVARD
The Game in 1968 is the stuff of legend -- and is documented in Harvard Beats Yale 29-29, a 2008 film by Kevin Rafferty. For the first time since 1909, Harvard and Yale were undefeated (8-0 overall, 6-0 in the Ivy) when they met for the season finale on Nov. 23. Yale was heavily favored and led 29-13 with two minutes remaining. However, Harvard (its roster included guard Tommy Lee Jones) scored 16 points in the final 42 seconds to berth the headline "Harvard beats Yale 29-29."
"It couldn't happen again in 1,000 years ..."
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
9 1,323 818 463 42 .634
PENN
The Quakers have won seven national championships and among the team's notable players are John Heisman, namesake of the Heisman Trophy; John H. Outland (Outland Trophy) and Chuck Bednarik (Bednarik Award). Penn plays its home games at historic Franklin Field --- named after Penn's founder, Benjamin Franklin -- which also plays host to the renowned Penn Relays. Dedicated on April 20, 1895, it is the oldest stadium in football and seats 52,593.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
10 1,177 814 320 43 .710
ALABAMA
Paul "Bear" Bryant was a 25-year staple on the Alabama sidelines. Bryant was 323-85-1 as head coach at Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946-53), Texas A&M (1954-57) and Alabama (1958-82), where he was 232-46-9. He won six national championships (1961, '64, '65, '73, '78 and '79) and retired with the most wins in college history. Bryant was 15-12-2 in bowl games. Ironically, both ties came in the Bluebonnet Bowl (1960 and '70).
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
11 1,194 794 347 53 .687
TENNESSEE
Shields-Watkins Field opened in 1921 with a single west grandstand and a capacity of 3,200. A lot has changed since then. ... In 1962, the stadium was renamed Neyland Stadium in honor of former coach and athletic director Gen. Robert Neyland. The playing surface is still named Shields-Watkins Field, which features the traditional orange and white checkerboard end zones. Seating capacity is 102,455.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
12 1,223 786 387 50 .663
PRINCETON
The Tigers' legacy boasts the oldest program in college football (along with Rutgers); Princeton won 22 of the first 40 national titles from 1869-1909. The school's most recent national championship came in 1950, and Dick Kazmaier won the 1951 Heisman Trophy.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
13 1,146 779 313 54 .703
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In 1967, the USC Song Girl squad debuted. The women, who wear trademark white uniforms trimmed in Cardinal and Gold and perform three dozen new dance routines each year, appear at all football games as well as basketball and volleyball games. The Song Girls' emphasis is on personality and presence (the actual cheering is left to the USC Spirit Leaders), and they are the most visible public face of the university.
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
14 1,201 747 400 54 .644
GEORGIA
The Bulldogs' Herschel Walker was a three-time All-American and winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy. During his freshman season in 1980, Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record and finished third in the Heisman voting; his most notable run was a touchdown against Tennessee during which he powered through UT defensive back Bill Bates en route to the end zone during Georgia's national championship season.

"My God, a freshman ..."
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
15 1,170 733 390 47 .647
LSU
Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, cemented his place in LSU lore on Halloween night 1959. Playing under the lights at Tiger Stadium, LSU trailed Ole Miss 3-0 when Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown -- breaking seven tackles -- as the top-ranked Tigers beat No. 3 Ole Miss 7-3. After that season, LSU retired Cannon's No. 20, the first number so honored by the program.

"Billy Cannon took destiny into his own hands ..."
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RANK SCHOOL GAMES WINS LOSSES TIES PCT.
16 Penn State 1,117 715 361 41 .658
17 Auburn 1,163 711 405 47 .632
18 West Virginia 1,203 701 457 45 .601
19 Syracuse 1,231 691 491 49 .581
20 Virginia Tech 1,170 689 435 46 .609
21 Georgia Tech 1,191 687 461 43 .595
22 Texas A&M 1,179 681 450 48 .598
23 Arkansas 1,172 680 452 40 .597
24 Pittsburgh 1,209 677 490 42 .577
25 Colorado 1,162 674 452 36 .596

Notes:
• Ohio State had 12 victories vacated for 2010.
• Alabama had eight victories and one tie vacated for 1993, and 21 victories vacated for 2005-07.
• Southern California had 13 victories vacated for 2004-05.
• Penn State had 112 victories vacated for 1998-2011.