Reactions to the Sunday release of the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups were lukewarm at best.
The Vegas response summed it up when Alabama opened as the biggest favorite in the seven years of this postseason format. The spread is anywhere between 18.5 and 20 points for the New Year’s Day game in Arlington — another expected dud in the semifinal round of these playoffs.
Entering the year, 12 semifinal games have been contested since the inaugural playoff in 2014.
The average margin of victory in those games: 21.3
Only three of the 12 have been one-score games while four were decided by more than 30 points.
The author calls that a problem, but the problem isn’t what he thinks it is. The real problem is that in the majority of seasons, there aren’t more than three teams that are genuinely worthy of national championship consideration. And playoff expansion won’t do a damned thing about that.