2020 Championship Saturday canine college football roundup

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 13: Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey X is seen during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 13: Tennessee Volunteers mascot Smokey X is seen during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

2020 Championship Saturday saw a handful of canine schools in play.

2020 Championship Saturday took up most of Week 16 of the 2020 college football season, as the different conferences battled for their respective 2020 conference championship title. As in weeks prior, many games were canceled due to issues with COVID-19, including the Sun Belt Conference Championship game between Coastal Carolina and Louisiana. Both teams were consequently named co-champions.

The Canine Colleges

Since it was 2020 Championship Saturday, the Southeastern Conference was the only conference from the canine colleges to play.

The SEC conference championship featured a matchup between No. 1 Alabama and No. 7 Florida. Unfortunately for Holland the Pup, a faithful Gators fan, the Crimson Tide took the title, 52-46.

The Alabama/Florida game wasn’t the only SEC game in Week 16, as Reville the Collie and Smokey the Coonhound watched their teams face off against each other this week. As expected, Reville’s beloved Texas A&M Aggies defeated the Tennessee Volunteers, 34-13. Alabama cemented their No. 1 position heading into the College Football Playoffs and will face Notre Dame in the Dallas-set Rose Bowl Game.

Bully’s Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Missouri Tigers also finished their regular season facing off against each other on Saturday. The Bulldogs solidly handled the Tigers, 51-32. Uga’s Georgia Bulldogs were supposed to face the winless Vanderbilt Commodores, but the game was one of many canceled due to COVID-19.

The Vet Schools

Ohio State defeated Northwestern, 22-10, to win the Big Ten Championship game and remain undefeated for the season. However, because of the pandemic and game cancellations, the Buckeyes’ season only consisted of six wins. Northwestern finished the season with a 6-2 record and ranked at No. 14. Ohio State ended the season ranked No. 4 with a spot in the playoffs, despite the outcry and opposition that faced the committee with this choice.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 20-17 to claim Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Wisconsin ends the year at 2-3, while Minnesota wraps up at 3-4.

The Illinois Fighting Illini were clobbered by Penn State 56-21 to end the year at 2-6.

In the SEC, the LSU Tigers narrowly squeaked past the Ole Miss Rebels 53-48 to end the year at 5-5.

The Oregon Ducks held off the USC Trojans in a 31-24 under the Friday night lights in the Pac-12 championship game. Oregon came into the championship game unranked and was only competing in the game because Washington was forced to drop out of the game. The Ducks handed the Trojans their only loss of the season and USC enters the postseason ranked No. 13. Dubs’ Washington Huskies dropped out of the game because of COVID, letting the Ducks take their place.

In other Pac-12 action, Washington State fell to Utah 45-28 to end the year at 1-3.

Wrapping up the Power Five conferences is the Big 12 championship match. The Oklahoma Sooners also won their sixth championship game when they defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, 27-21. Iowa State finished the season ranked No. 6 with an 8-3 record and Oklahoma rounded off the top ten, coming in at No. 10 with an 8-2 record on the season.

San Jose State won the Mountain West Championship against Boise State (who have a tee-retrieval dog at home games) 34-20 and Tulsa was defeated by Cincinnati, 27-24 in the AAC championship game.

While many other games took place on 2020 Championship Saturday in addition to the conference championship games due to postponements from earlier in the season, there were an additional nine games canceled prior to kickoff last week, a lot of which featured either canine schools or schools with vet med programs.

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The 2020 bowl season kicks off this week and continues through New Year’s Day when we will find out who will face off against each other in the National Championship game on January 11, 2021. For more on college football news within the FanSided Network, see our sister site Saturday Blitz, or one of many school-specific sites.