Yale University has won the most national championships in college football, at 27 in total. The university football team, called the Yale Bulldogs, has been in existence since 1872. The team mascot, named Handsome Dan, is a live bulldog, and it was the first live college mascot in America.
The Yale Bulldogs have also won 14 Ivy League Conference titles and are two-time Heisman winners. Among the Yale Bulldogs alumni is Walter Camp, who is referred to as the father of American football. He played football at Yale College from 1876 to 1882, and he pioneered the split of American football from rugby by convincing the Intercollegiate Football Association to replace the rugby scrum with the line of scrimmage.