Tennessee just celebrated the 20th anniversary of its 1998 national championship.

When will the Vols get to celebrate another? That’s a question fans, coaches and players have been asking ever since. But the Vols are hardly alone.

In the past 50 years, 21 programs have won or shared at least one national championship. Some, like Tennessee, are still waiting for another. Some of these national champs haven’t even won a conference title in a decade or more. Others, like Florida, haven’t won another conference title since winning it all.

These title droughts have impacted some of the sport’s magic names, too: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, etc.

In this era of 7-figure annual contracts and 8-figure buyouts, patience is a quaint notion, and about as useful as a VCR.

But as quickly as ADs are discarding coaches, it’s important to remember: Not everybody can be Alabama or Clemson, where postseason parades seemingly are part of the calendar.

Rational observers understand that, certainly, but it’s fair to wonder when or whether some of these programs will ever throw another championship party.

Team
Most recent national title
Most recent conference title
Clemson
2018
2018
Alabama
2017
2018
Ohio State
2014
2018
Florida State
2013
2014
Auburn
2010
2013
Florida
2008
2008
LSU
2007
2011
Texas
2005
2009
USC
2004
2017
Miami
2001
2003*
Oklahoma
2000
2018
Tennessee
1998
1998
**Michigan
1997
2004
**Nebraska
1997
1999
***Washington
1991
2018
****Colorado
1990
2001
****Georgia Tech
1990
2009
Notre Dame
1988
n/a
Penn State
1986
2016
Georgia
1980
2017
Pittsburgh
1976
2010*****

*Miami shared the Big East title with West Virginia but beat WVa during the regular season.

**Michigan and Nebraska shared the 1997 national championship, the final year before the BCS. Michigan also shared the 2004 Big Ten title with Iowa but beat Iowa during the regular season.

***Washington shared the 1991 national title with Miami.

****Colorado and Georgia Tech shared the 1990 national title.

*****Pitt shared the Big East title with 2 other teams.