NCT

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The National Championship Tournament (NCT) was held annually by the College Bowl Company, Inc., to determine its format's national title.

College Bowl conducted the NCT from 1978 to 2008, with occasional matches appearing on radio or TV during that time. Various formats were used to determine the field in the initial years. From the mid-1990s on, the champions of each of the fifteen ACUI region tournaments, as well as one second-place finisher chosen at "random," were invited to the NCT, held on a different ACUI-affiliated college campus each year.

Due to the inferior quality of the questions, game format, and officiating at College Bowl, the tournament was considered less legitimate than good quizbowl events such as ACF Nationals and, ultimately, the NAQT ICT. Compounding the inherent issues in determining a fair champion out of the College Bowl field was the rapid withdrawal of elite quizbowl teams from College Bowl participation from the 1990s onward. Early defections by Maryland and Georgia Tech were followed by the exit of nearly all contending ACF programs by the end of the 1990s save for Chicago and Michigan, who themselves did not compete after the 2003-2004 season. Of the last five champions of College Bowl NCT, only one, 2006 UCLA, was good enough to even make the championship playoff bracket of the ICT or ACF Nationals.

The College Bowl program was discontinued after 2008 due to its decades-long unprofitability for the College Bowl Company.

College Bowl NCT top finishers/locations

Year Champion Second Place Third Place Fourth Place Host Tournament format Stats
1978 Stanford Yale Cornell Oberlin Somewhere in Miami "16-team single elimination tournament with final 3 matches and World's Championship taped for tv"
1979 Davidson Harvard-Radcliffe Oberlin Cornell Somewhere in Miami "16-team single elimination tournament with final 3 matches and World's Championship taped for tv"
1980 Fresno State WUSTL MIT Washington State Marshall and WUSTL "24-team single-elimination tournament taped for radio in 2 phases"
1981 Maryland Davidson Marshall Michigan State Marshall "24-team single-elimination tournament taped for radio"
1982 North Carolina Rice WUSTL Vassar Somewhere in New York "16-team single-elimination tournament taped for radio"
1983 no tournament
1984 Minnesota WUSTL Princeton Vassar Ohio State "16-team single-elimination tournament with final 3 games part of one-hour tv special"
1985 no tournament
1986 Wisconsin Princeton Georgia Tech Utah Georgia Tech "sectionals & 4-team double-elimination finals"
1987 Minnesota Georgia Tech NC State Western Connecticut State Disney World, Orlando "16-team single-elimination tournament taped for television"
1988 NC State Emory Princeton Kent State UIC "16-team double elimination tournament with best 2-of-3 finals"
1989 Minnesota Georgia Tech Kent State George Washington DuPage "16-team double elimination tournament with best 2-of-3 finals"
1990 Chicago MIT George Washington Rice Minnesota "16-team double elimination tournament with best 2-of-3 finals"
1991 Rice Cornell Minnesota Wisconsin UIC "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff"
1992 MIT Stanford Penn Cornell George Washington "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff"
1993 Virginia Michigan Chicago Harvard USC "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff"
1994 Chicago Virginia BYU George Washington Florida "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff"
1995 Harvard Chicago Michigan BYU Akron "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff"
1996 Michigan Virginia Princeton Cornell Arizona State "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff"
1997 Virginia Harvard Oklahoma Chicago Montclair State "16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 playoff" Stats
1998 Michigan Cornell Stanford Chicago Texas-Dallas 16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 finals Stats
1999 Chicago Michigan Minnesota Virginia Tech Florida 16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 finals
2000 Michigan Arkansas Williams Florida Bentley 16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 finals Stats
2001 Michigan Chicago Texas Cornell Cal State-LA 16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 finals Stats
2002 Michigan UCLA Florida Providence Kansas State 16-team full round robin tournament with best 2-of-3 finals Stats
2003 Chicago Florida Rochester UCLA Penn 16-team full round robin tournament with double-elim playoff among top 4 Stats
2004 Minnesota Michigan Florida Georgetown Auburn-Montgomery 16-team full round robin tournament with double-elim playoff among top 4 Stats
2005 Minnesota Rochester Stanford Truman State University of Washington 16-team full round robin tournament with double-elim playoff among top 4 Stats
2006 UCLA Illinois WUSTL Minnesota Hartford 16-team full round robin tournament with double-elim playoff among top 4 Stats
2007 Minnesota USC Williams Baylor USC 16-team full round robin tournament with double-elim playoff among top 4 Stats
2008 Rochester New Mexico Minnesota Ohio State Macalester 16-team full round robin tournament with double-elim playoff among top 4 Stats