College Football Playoff? More Like ‘College Football Boredom’
We're now 6 days away from another College Football Playoff championship game, and I know I should care about it, but I don't.
Alabama again? Another year of "SEC dominance"? Wake me up when it's over.
I tried watching this year's CFP semi-final games and ended up checking out of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl once Alabama went up 17-3 over Cincinnati in the 2nd quarter.
College football is great to watch during the regular season. Plenty of exciting finishes and rivalry games. But that excitement is completely lost in the College Football Playoff format. College football stakeholders and the CFP playoff committee have completely botched the way to crown a champion.
Here's a trivia note for you: only the first season of the CFP National Championship didn't feature a team from the SEC. That's only one out of eight times. For a sport that's supposed to mirror the parity of the NFL, it doesn't.
Speaking of the SEC, ESPN's SEC-bias is only going to get worse when Oklahoma and Texas join the conference in a few years. I can completely understand the hesitation to adding additional teams to the CFP if there aren't going to be safeguards put in place. The first: all Power 5 conference champions need to be guaranteed a spot in an expanded CFP. The second: a conference can't have more than two teams in the CFP.
Otherwise, let's be honest: the SEC will get three or four teams in the playoff and they will continue to dominate the whole exercise.
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|Year||CFP National Championship||Attendance||Result||ESPN Viewership|
|2014-15||CFP National Championship|
|85,689||#4 Ohio State 42, #2 Oregon 20||33,917,000|
|2015-16||CFP National Championship|
|75,765||#2 Alabama 45, #1 Clemson 40||26,125,000|
|2016-17||CFP National Championship|
|74,512||#2 Clemson 35, #1 Alabama 31||25,297,000|
|2017-18||CFP National Championship|
|77,430||#4 Alabama 26, #3 Georgia 23 (OT)||28,769,000|
|2018-19||CFP National Championship|
|74,814||#2 Clemson 44, #1 Alabama 16||25,678,000|
|2019-20||CFP National Championship|
|76,885||#1 LSU 42, #3 Clemson 25||26,175,000|
|2020-21||CFP National Championship|
|14,926||#1 Alabama 52, #3 Ohio State 24||18,967,000|
|2021-22||CFP National Championship|
|TBD||#1 Alabama vs. #3 Georgia||TBD|