The 1921 college football season had no clear-cut champion, with the Official NCAA Division I Football Records Book listing California Golden Bears, Cornell Big Red, Iowa Hawkeyes, Lafayette Leopards, and Washington & Jefferson Presidents as champions. Only California, Cornell, and Lafayette claim national championships for the 1921 season.
A historical highlight of the regular season was the 1921 West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh football game, the first college footbal game to be broadcast live on radio. Today, college football on radio is common for nearly every game in every division.
In the 1922 Rose Bowl, the heavily-favored California Golden Bears played Washington & Jefferson to a scoreless tie. The game holds several distinctions including being the only scoreless Rose Bowl game, the first tie in a Rose Bowl, the first African-American quarterback to play in the Rose Bowl (Charlie West from Washington & Jefferson), the first freshman to play in a Rose Bowl (Herb Kopf of Washington and Jefferson), the last Rose Bowl to be played at Tournament Park, and the smallest school (Washington & Jefferson College had only 450 students at the time) to ever play in a Rose Bowl.
The following is an incomplete list of conference standings: