The NCAA recently released their 2019 NCAA Division I FBS Record Book, updated with the results from last year's college football season. Much of it was the typical records we have come to expect, but there was one puzzling inclusion under "Consensus National Champions" deep in the 2019 record book's pages.
Whether this was simply a harmless typo or some sort of ruthless prank at its roots, the NCAA listed Alabama as co-national champions along with Clemson in its initial release of its latest record book.
Now, we know Clemson put a 44-16 beatdown on Alabama in the 2019 College Football Playoff championship game, so this is likely just a mistake on the part of the NCAA, per usual.
However, this stunt certainly doesn't take any entertainment nor comedy away from college football's most prominent budding rivalry between these two blue-chip programs.
In 2014, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) joined forced to produce their NCAAF polls. From 2014-17, the pre-bowl champion did not win the national championship game, so there was a note in the record book stating the winner of the poll and the bowl game. However, there was no such note this year, only the statement of co-consensus national champions.
While the NCAA has since corrected this initial release, we all know that the Clemson Tigers are the true 2018 national champions. But if Alabama gets to claim the title of co-champion, I have a feeling that "national champion" UCF may have something to say.
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