Here’s the only proof needed to know college football’s postseason is broken, and that major changes are needed to fix it.
In the first five years of the College Football Playoff, no team from Texas or California has earned a berth in the four-team playoff, and the best team in Florida, Central Florida, hasn’t lost a regular-season game in two years and has been stonewalled by the selection committee.
It’s circumstantial evidence of a fraudulent postseason, but also a smoking gun of a broken system.
Texas, California and Florida are the three recruiting hotbeds of the country for college football players, and represent the largest population centers of football-loving fans, yet those three states have only produced one participant in the College Football Playoff.
So much for the search for the best. I bet you didn’t know the selection committee was supposed to factor recruiting into its rankings. Or geography.
The thing is, I can’t even get worked up about nonsense like this. It’s the kind of inevitable argument you expect as a sport gives up its regional appeal in search of a bigger, more generic, national market.
If you honestly believe that every region of the country deserves a participation trophy, then, yeah, talk like this matters. And it will likely be reflected in the makeup of the quarterfinal field that will come with the next round of expansion.
Give that a few years, and somebody will find a reason to proclaim the new system is broken. Lather, rinse, repeat.