“It’s good for college football.”

We live in an age of instant gratification, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that even before the first national title game is played, the media is already jonesing for playoff expansion.

If ESPN pays for it, it will come.

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27 responses to ““It’s good for college football.”

  1. Cojones

    “jonesing”? Don’t you mean “cojonesing” ?

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  2. Bob

    More is better. The mantra for playoff addicts. If they have their way Carolina Panther numbers will qualify. NFL Lite is what they want.

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    • Macallanlover

      Please Bob, let’s keep the discussion above this. Expansion supporters care about the game every bit as much as you. Hyperbole employing the NFL model comparison is nothing but inflammatory and takes the conversation to ridiculous levels, I don’t know any one who supports expansion that would allow such a scenario to happen. Are there 2-3% of the population who would say go to 32 or 64? Certainly, but that isn’t the discussion people are having. There are natural barriers that prevent that from becoming a reality. in addition to the absurdness of such an idea.

      This season was better because of the playoff model of four, it woul dhave been off the charts with eight. But the limited size of the playoff proved itself to be inadequate. Who does not think excluding TCU denied us a team with better credentials than Ohio having a shot? I have no problem with the buckeyes being included because they won their conference but TCU looked better, against better competition, than Crier’s boys did. The Committee could not help but fail in getting it right because you can not put eight pounds of sugar in a four pound bag. Frankly Alabama, ohio, and FSU all looked weaker than Oregon and TCU to me but they did win their conference titles. TV ratings and fan enthusiasm will help get us to eight but the real driver to me is not leaving home a team that was closer to perfect than those included. No excuse for that, and I hope the powers that be fix the problem ASAP, you don’t need additional evaluation to see a better option.

      I respect your right to prefer going back to the model where bowl alliances usually prohibited matchups that fans wanted to see at the end of the year. I disagree with that, but I am not going to mischaracterize that by misstating that is your position if indeed it is). I share your fear about expansion going too far, but not letting it get to the minimum level it needs to be at helps drive the idea that more is always better, it isn’t, but more than four will happen. I hope the next expansion is the last, and will become anti-expansionist at that point.

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      • Careful Brad

        The problem is an expansion to eight would not be the last. One of the linked articles is already calling for 16. It’s too bad TCU didn’t make it based on their bowl performance but would teams 6, 7, and 8 deserve a spot this year?

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        • Macallanlover

          Under that theory, we should not have expanded to four, then we would have had Bama and FSU under the old system. To not do the “right thing” because one day we might do the “wrong thing” just doesn’t sound right to me. As to your question about how many teams “deserve a spot”, my answer is all the Power 5 champs, and the next three highest rated. Gives everyone a shot at being treated fairly, win your conference and the judges cannot take your spot away. Except for ND and mid-majors, everyone controls their own destiny. What does it matter if 7 or 8 doesn’t appear as strong as 1 or 2? We never know these things, let’s play it on the field and stop screwing folks over. There is no clearly dominant team in CFB this year, and I think most years are like this. With the large pool of teams in CFB, and lack of interaction, it is just too subjective. It didn’t take long to prove four wasn’t enough but who was surprised by that? I am on your side against expansion once it gets to eight and feel a large majority of fans/educators would be too.

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      • Mac, I enjoy reading your posts, especially those that show reason and depth such as this one. I picture you at your computer, glass of Macallan in hand, glasses in place, the very picture of Grantland Rice at work. Keep up your position of “muct read” contributor and hopefully, the Senator buys you a bottle once in a while.Warm regards from an old guy who grew up listening to vinyls of “Glory, Glory to Old Georgia” left by a dad off to war.

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        • Macallanlover

          What a nice post, thanks. Actually your handle is probably more appropo for me but I am sure we share many wonderful views of life at this point in our lives. Glasses are more a must for me these days than Macallan every day. Go Dawgs, lets make 2015 an even better experience!

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  3. Scorpio Jones, III

    “The semifinal games were the two most-watched programs in cable TV history. Alabama/Ohio State more than doubled the viewers of the Alabama/Oklahoma Sugar Bowl a year ago.”

    This is the only thing that matters. Providing the fans with more playoff games is just the bullshit the hucksters use to justify their rape of the game.

    The college football we have known and loved is a dead man walking.

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  4. Argondawg

    The college football that we know and loved is over. We can mourn and move on because it sure as hell isn’t going back. That being said, it really didn’t take away anything from the season for me. I actually (before the UF) thought we had an outside chance to make it into the 4. Still money rules the day and who knows what magic number will eventually be to many. I am not gonna say this 4 team playoff was a failure. I actually believe the two teams playing for the title were the two best teams in the country at the end. Neither would have been there under the BCS. Oregon vs Ohio State TV numbers are going to be frighteningly high. $$$$

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  5. ASEF

    I don’t even watch the NFL anymore. It’s a boring, predictable product. The No Fun League always crowns deserving champions. I no longer care.

    Isn’t there a sub.500 team still in their playoffs?

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      “No Fun League” outstanding.

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      • BrightOwl

        To be fair, Carolina was 7-8-1 going in to yesterday’s game. So they’re not sub.500 now, but they did finish the regular season as a sub.500 team.

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        • PTC DAWG

          I answered his query correctly….and I don’t think the NFL has to apologize to anyone for the ratings/people they draw. Carolina’s stadium was slam full yesterday in a terrible weather day.

          That said, the NFL and the College game are not comparable. I don’t see an issue with 8 teams getting into the playoffs in College…I do think first round games should be hosted at the top 4’s on campus stadiums…then slide into what happened this past New Years Day…

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  6. PatinDC

    I have to say that I thought the bowls this year were more meaningless than ever. I found myself waiting for the playoff setup. I feel the timing is bad the way the set up is now. I think the Champ game is going to be too late. I enjoy very much wrapping the season up around New Year’s. It just seems right. I think 8 very soon, settling in at 16 a few years later.
    I am not sure what to do with the bowls. They are really a leftover. Too bad even the crummy ones make so much money for ESPN.

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    • BrightOwl

      Bowl games did mostly seem to be blowouts, with one team decided that they didn’t matter and getting hosed accordingly. There were very few bowls with both teams displaying a competitive spirit.

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    • PTC DAWG

      Not sure why folks are worried about bowls they don’t even watch. IF Espn can make the bowls work, more power to them

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  7. Everything was better in the good old days. Except…it wasn’t. Nothing is perfect but the current way of crowning a national champion is much better than the former. Nearly every game has been on tv for a years now. Since before a playoff. It’s been all about money for some time now. All the playoff is doing is giving us a legit champ. Certainly more legit than BCS and bowls and lobbying.

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  8. Andy Dufresne

    The old system would have produced a Alabama vs Florida State national championship game. Good riddance.

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  9. William Bigham

    The Carolina Panthers did just get to .500 by beating Arizona but it was awesome to see Thomas Davis and Charles Johnson help them set an NFL playoff record for yards allowed!

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    • Macallanlover

      Another hammer in the “best teams have the best record” meme. Same with Bama and FSU, they were conference champs so I have no issue with them having a spot…but not with TCU left out. There were signs all season that Bama and FSU were over rated, they were included because of a bias of prior year’s teams from those two programs, and a nod to W/L records.

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  10. Hogbody Spradlin

    To borrow one from the 1950’s: What’s good for ESPN is good for the country.

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  11. My dream scenario:

    8 team playoff (P5 conference champs and 3 at large selected by similar means as current).

    Notre Dame gets zero special consideration.

    We dump at least 10 bowl games.

    7 wins required for bowl eligibility.

    Teams that win bowl gets get some kind of reward, like they can start practice 1 week earlier than bowl losers. Anything to make bowls have some kind of meaning. For the last 10 years or more I mostly ignore bowl season (exception national title game and UGA’s bowl). They are about as interesting as NFL pre-season games.

    I know, there’s some craziness there, but like I said this is a dream scenario. 🙂

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