The Quest for the Title Belt

Discussion in 'Vols Football' started by IP, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    Imagine if college football's championship, rather than being arbitrarily decided by polls or by hand-picked playoff teams, was rather a belt that could be won in any game in which the holder loses.

    Someone has gone back and meticulously figured out what such a scenario would look like, and where the belt has been. Tennessee has only held the belt one time, for a few games in 1974.

    TCU was the current holder of the belt until today, when Arkansas took it. Now that the belt is in the SEC, Tennessee may get a shot at it depending on how it changes hands this season.

    http://collegefootballbelt.com/


    In lieu of a quality coaching staff allowing us to dream about a national title run, this is what we've got. A hypothetical belt quest.
     
  2. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    If TAMU beats Arky, we could get a shot at it from them.
     
  3. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    I don't understand how this thing works. Sabah has one reign of the belt, but defended it 29 times?
     
  4. ptclaus98

    ptclaus98 Contributor

    I was confused too, but there is an original no.1, and the team that beats them gets the belt. Then the next team to beat them gets the belt, and so on and so forth.
     
  5. ptclaus98

    ptclaus98 Contributor

    He beat the team that had the belt, and won 29 straight after that
     
  6. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    I read that wrong, I was looking at Bama, thinking Saban, but check this:

    Alabama
    Belt Game Record: 27-9-0
    Belt Championships: 5 Last Held Belt: 10/9/2010

    During this time, Saban won 7 belt matches.

    So what is a belt championship? Holding it at the end of the season?
     
  7. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    Winning a match with the belt on the line (opponent or you) and then holding it. He won 7 games with the belt up for grabs. Those 6 of those games were one of the five possessions Alabama has had of the belt.

    Tennessee held the belt once (one belt championship), but held it for a few games.
     
  8. A-Smith

    A-Smith Chieftain

    I find this annoying.
     
  9. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    It's not real. You can ignore it.
     
  10. hatvol96

    hatvol96 Chieftain

    I like it. However, do we differentiate between the AP and UPI in the old days? Is that a belt split like Sammartino and Race?
     
  11. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    Is there an Intercontinental Champion?
     
  12. IP

    IP Grusader Knight Errant of the 8th Order

    Currently it is viewed as one belt, coming from the first game.


    HOWEVER-- I prayed for this eventuality. There is a limitation to this belt. And yes, YES, YESSSSS, we could create the SECOND BELT.

    These guys started counting from 1972 with Nebraska after they defeated Alabama 38-6. We could try and go back further. How far? Maybe all the way.
     
  13. kptvol

    kptvol Super Moderator

    All the way to what? The first college game ever or the first time an NC was somewhat arbitrarily awarded?
     
  14. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    Farther.
     
  15. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    They went back and ran it all the way from the first recorded football game, I believe, and it still ended up in the same place it is now.
     
  16. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    My problem with this belt is let's say Tennessee won it this year, and never lost enough to football game until the end of time.

    They'd have two "belt championships," right? Southern Cal would have more belt championships.

    A belt championship is only measured when it is taken from another. Right?
     
  17. NorrisAlan

    NorrisAlan Super Moderator

    I would count successful defends.
     
  18. InVolNerable

    InVolNerable Fark Master Flex

    He's talking about time. Metaphorical distance. Further is correct.
     
  19. fl0at_

    fl0at_ Humorless, asinine, joyless pr*ck

    Time spans are measurable. That's why we have watches.

    Farther is correct.
     
  20. kptvol

    kptvol Super Moderator

    After farther review, I agree with fl0at.
     

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