College football’s faulty playoff system needed fixing. It was the most obvious thing in sport.
The four-team college football playoffs are the biggest racing scam in the college scam game. It almost ruined the Football Bowl subdivision, and the expansion couldn’t wait. Again, these are the obvious things.
Not so obvious. Why start moving this way now? Why Thursday? Alabama coach Nick Saban, who has a new three-year contract extension, might have a smart answer if we inject the truth serum into his ageless veins.
Alabama announced that Saban may never stop training on Monday. Three days later, the college football playoff cartel decided it was time to start talks about expanding their exclusive squad from four to 12 teams. Suddenly, after claiming the expansion is years away if it ever happens, the CFP is now saying the expansion could take place as early as 2023.
Coincidences do not exist. It’s only Saban and all the others who are trying to carve out a place for themselves in this world he occupies.
The power imbalance in college football has never been more evident than it was last season. There was only Alabama in 2020, and teams everyone knew Alabama was going to crash into split pea soup. It was a lot of fun for Alabama, but it wasn’t really healthy for the sport. Maybe now, with an expanded playoffs on the horizon and players free to transfer, the balance will return to the game. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 can only hope.
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Long before last season, the power imbalance in college football was heading in the wrong direction. So, yes, the sport had to change. Saban may have just given him a boost with his new contract. Because here’s the thing. His dominance of college football is so complete and deep at this point that he has completely hijacked the entire recruiting apparatus. The game is hers, and Alabama is like Standard Oil, US Steel, or, these days, Amazon.
Saban had his “Ultimate Team” in 2020, and his top-ranked recruiting class followed suit. The man had COVID-19 and he was calling recruits during his quarantine. How do Dabo and Kirby compete with that, honestly?
Nothing can stop Saban – not even the ‘Rona, and not even his 70th birthday – so the CFP might as well change the rules and see if it finally works.
It is a working theory.
Not to say that Saban’s extension is the reason the CFP ultimately broke with Power 5’s monopoly, but it is understood that the age of Super Teams in college football was a consequence of the playoff format. four teams. All the top players only wanted to play for Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma. Where’s the fun in that?
Now there is only one Super Team, and that is Saban’s Alabama. Notre Dame can’t have that.
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About a month ago, I asked SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey a form of the same question I always ask Sankey at this time of year. When will the CFP expand? Shouldn’t there be more than four teams?
“Four works,” Sankey said, as usual, at the Regions Tradition golf tournament.
We’ve been playing this game since 2015, Sankey and I, and even back then I wrote that four certainly didn’t work and four was fraud. At first, an eight-team playoff seemed to be the answer, but then it became apparent that a bigger playoff field was the only thing that could hopefully fix what the Power 5 greedy lectures were having. made to the game.
A CFP task force, which included Sankey, decided on Thursday that a 12-team playoff should be implemented in the future. It’s not official yet, but it’s happening. A vote for the expansion could take place as early as June 22. The college football playoff management committee will consider the task force’s suggestion next week in Chicago.
The suggested model would place the six highest-ranked conference champions in the playoff field along with six overall offers. It’s like a much needed boost in sport.
Twelve jobs so far, but 16 teams would be better for game parity.
There will rightly be concerns about a watered-down playoff, and there might be at first, but expansion is the best news for college football’s long-term future. Here’s an example of that logic if the playoffs extended into next season. Coastal Carolina, the upstart darling of 2020, could win the Sun Belt and advance to the playoffs if Chants are among the top six ranked conference champions in the country.
Now, it’s revolutionary, and that kind of underdog is exactly what the college football playoffs lacked.
The pandemic hasn’t taught us anything about fraudulent college football playoffs that we didn’t already know about, but it has, more than ever, exposed the scam for what it is – a good ol ‘boys’ club designed to keep the scams out. obese, bloated rich plus (and, ultimately, prevents them from getting their stomachs during an unexpected financial system collapse.)
Others in college football will try to take credit for this day, but we all know who really made it. When the UAB makes the college football playoffs, just thank Nick Saban.
Joseph Goodman is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group. He’s on Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr.