The NCAA announced that Tennessee Football won’t be going to the national championship this year due to there not being a national championship.
The year of our Lord, 2020, has been weird already. With COVID-19, it could get even weirder and take us back to the days when multiple teams would claim national championships. Tennessee football could do just that; all they have to do is go undefeated.
The 2017 college football season was the last time we saw two teams share a national championship after an unprecedented run by the University of Central Florida.
UCF went 12-0 in the regular season and won their bowl game against Auburn to finish the season 13-0 but didn’t earn the opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff.
Alabama won the College Football Playoff Championship after defeating Georgia in the National Championship 26-23. The NCAA recognized both national championships and named UCF a co-National Champion.
This wasn’t the first time that multiple teams rightfully claimed a national championship, but I didn’t think it could happen again so soon.
NCAA President Mark Emmert has decided that there will be no championship for any fall sports for the 2020 season.
For the ACC, Big 12, and SEC, the only power five conferences currently playing this fall, they won’t be able to play for a national championship.
That means we could once again see multiple teams claim a national championship. All they have to do is go undefeated in a slightly shortened season. It looks like as of right now that Alabama and Clemson could be two teams that will claim a national championship this fall and Ohio State could claim one as well if the Big 10 plays the football season in the spring.
It will also be interesting to see if a non-Power 5 school goes undefeated during their season and if they try to claim a national championship themselves. The likelihood of that school beating Ohio State, Alabama, or Clemson is small, but we won’t know if they are good enough to beat a national powerhouse because they won’t be allowed to play.