I expected these hot takes would be popping up all over social media last night before halftime hit the Orange Bowl, and damned if I wasn’t right:
Must, by Gawd! Because the only thing that can fix a couple of blowouts is to expand the field so we can watch more blowouts.
You want the real lesson from yesterday’s semis? Here ’tis.
Well, Michigan’s first ever trip to the College Football Playoff could’ve gone better. In what many hoped would be a coronation on the Wolverines’ dream season from heaven, it instead turned out to be a frying pan to the face called reality. Michigan should be immensely proud of how far they’ve come to get to this point, but also now are on high alert about how far the program still has to go in order to compete with a team of Georgia’s caliber.
Only two teams in the country have more than 1,000 talent points on 24/7’s team talent composite. Those two teams are slated to play in the national championship game, after soundly coasting over previously very good teams today. Michigan is down at 15th on that metric, and the gap between the elite and the very good in college football has never looked larger for millions of fans in Maize & Blue worldwide. [Emphasis added.]
Whatever defines college football, parity ain’t it. The truth is that, except for the most exotic occasions, there aren’t usually more than three teams in a given season worthy of playing for a national title. And this year, it’s only two. Enlarging the CFP won’t do a damned thing about that.