Florida Gators prepare to defend the Perpetual National Championship against Arkansas October 17th in the Swamp.
This will be Florida's 3rdt title game, which they've won 16 times. Arkansas is no stranger to the title game, having won or defended the title 7 times.
October 17, 2009: Arkansas will play for the "Grandaddy of All National Championships," the Perpetual National Championship (PNC), October 17th when the Razorbacks play current the title holder, the University of Florida. The Gators took the title from Oklahoma in the 2009 BCS game and have successfully defended it this year against Charleston Southern University, Troy University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Kentucky and LSU. The matchup is the 1,364th PNC title game. The Gators have played in 32 of those title games and have won or defended the title 16 times. The last time Florida held the title was in 2007, when after winning and defending the title five consecutive times, the Gators lost to Auburn 20-17.
Arkansas has a long history with the PNC, having first played for the title in 1965. They have played in 19 title games and won 7 of them. They last held the title in 2007, when they beat LSU 50-48 in an epic triple overtime game, led by Darren McFadden's 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
What is the Perpetual National Championship?
The Perpetual National Championship is awarded to college football teams in a continuous series of boxing-style title matches. The title is contested every time the holder of the title takes the field. The first title was won by Rutgers in 1869 when they defeated Princeton 6-5 in the first college football game. Princeton won the title back seven days later, beating Rutgers 8-0. The winner of the tittle match wins an award affectionately referred to as The Perp. The All-Time Perp is the team who won or defended the Perpetual National Championship the most times. To determine the All-tIme Perp, teams were given one point for winning or defending the title and zero points for a tie. Since Division I-A college football doesn't currently have a playoff and relies on voters to determine a championship game, the Perpetual National Championship is the only national championship decided on the field.
The Perpetual National Championship has several advantages over the current mythical national championship determined by the Bowl Championship Series.
It continues college football's emphasis on the regular season because the title is contested every time the title-holder takes the field.
It can co-exist with the current BCS system or any future playoff and will often have a different champion than other national championships.
It doesn't rely on biased votes from coaches and assistants, like those of the USA Today coaches poll, or uninformed parties like the Harris Poll.
The lesser conferences and independent teams get to play for the title anytime a larger school has the courage to schedule them.