Brackets comin’

In the end, this is the choice presented by the next round of playoff expansion.  What we have now, as evidenced by last weekend,

All in all, it was the kind of day that makes college football unique among American sports: Almost every week, but particularly at this point in the season, the stakes are so high that one unexpected slip-up can change everything. Watching teams navigate that pressure — whether they overcome it like Michigan and TCU or implode like the Vols — is arguably the most exciting part of the season.

And make no mistake, when the Playoff expands to 12, it is going to be different. In some ways, it won’t be for the better.

If we could transport last weekend’s games to, let’s say, 2026, there is no possible world in which they would feel as important or filled with tension.

… compared what we’re about to have.

Over the long haul, that will be good for college football. Though the universe of teams that can actually win national titles probably won’t look much different — the Alabamas, Georgias and Ohio States of the world are going to be hard to unseat as long as they get the bulk of the blue-chip talent — it will be a good thing for more fan bases and administrations to feel like they’re part of the action.

Importance and tension, versus fucking participation trophies.  Can’t wait!


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32 responses to “Brackets comin’

  1. MGW

    I’m just glad the games won’t be so interesting anymore. It’s too much.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Best regular season in sports … too bad we need money from the networks.

    Same damn thing they did to CBB.

    Liked by 5 people

    • debbybalcer

      So the lower tiered playoff spots are the new bowls that everyone used to watch and instead of being when people are off and can watch they will be on weeknights and at times when we can’t. They are killing the goose to get the golden egg then they will break that and we will have neither.

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  3. munsoning

    The winners are the TV and ad execs. To those vultures, even the nat’l championship trophy is just a participation trophy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Down Island Way

      Not here to offend any ones senses of direction, don’t need anybody telling me to spend more on an auto with a red ribbon on it sitting in really fake snow, don’t need a lizard reminding me to buy insurance for that over valued auto, don’t need the mountains of busch telling me that i need more beer, the margarita machine is humming away at 6000 rpm’s , if we run out of chips, it’s cause more peeps came through the front door, docked their vessel at the back door, party’s on…don’t need nor want tv timeouts, fucking dumb ass commercials or a reason to listen to UGA football on the interweb, but I have too….GO DAWGS!

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  4. sundiatagaines

    The overall ratings will probably go up because casual fans love playoffs. Everybody will make more money. But the product will be worse in my opinion.

    It’s the equivalent of a movie studio saying “eh, why seek out a Shawshank Redemption every year when we can just churn out Avengers spin-offs for perpetuity?” It sucks. Get off my lawn.

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  5. We could forfeit the SECCG and still get the bye while the nation will be glued to their tv’s to see if 3 loss ND or Utah can get the coveted 12 spot. If you are in favor of expanded playoffs, please defend that.

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  6. It’s hard to believe that that second blockquote was written with a straight face. “Yeah, Bama and UGA and Ohio State are still going to be napalming everyone, but at least more teams will feel like they had a shot.” The real CFP trophy is the friends we made along the way!

    To quote a longtime sportswriter who is now my ex-wife but is still pretty fucking sharp, “It’s not called feelingsball.” Give me the best time and let the window-dressing teams dick around someplace else.

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  7. practicaldawg

    I’m glad I got to experience the regular season of CFB for so long before they ruin it forever. It will be very different and in ways that people aren’t thinking about right now. Teams will build and manage their entire program, roster, and game plan week to week around the post-season.

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    • “Teams will build and manage their entire program, roster, and game plan week to week around the post-season.”

      To a degree, isn’t that exactly what Kirby, Saban, etc do now?

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    • Tony BarnFart

      I’m actually looking forward to a divisionless SEC. I think we’re gonna get the 3-6 model and feel confident our 3 permanents will be selected out at the very beginning of the matchmaking. FL, AU, SCjr.

      So going forward we’ll see UT,UK,Vandy and Mizzou as much as we see Bama, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas and Oklahoma. I’ll take that all day long.


  8. Catfish

    Tell the fans to suit the hell up if they want to “feel” like part of the action.


  9. originaluglydawg

    Feelings over practicality.
    Gotdam hippies ruining CFB (with acknowledgments to RR).

    Liked by 1 person

    • RangerRuss

      Using fan’s feelings as an excuse for a money grab at the expense of meaningful regular season games is so cheap.
      I chose practicality over feeeeeelings as a business and life philosophy. That cost me some business that was more trouble than it was worth and acquaintances who I didn’t want for friends anygotdamhow. Now all I’m left with is self-sufficient friends who I can call on if I need help. So I got that going for me. Which is nice.

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  10. Ozam

    Combining free transfers, nil, and playoff expansions all in the space of a few years is playing Russian roulette with the sport. None of these are genies that you can put back in the bottle.

    And time and time again, when College football changes things there are ALWAYS unintended consequences.

    For over 100 years the sport was primarily a regional fall festival…. In the future it will be…….?

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  11. David D

    I got a 5th place trophy in the Bicycle Rodeo when I was in the 4th grade. Yay participation! Rewarding losers? Great idea, CFP committee. Anyway, it’s ruined me. I’ve been wetting the bed ever since.

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  12. godawgs1701

    Who gives a shit about more teams and fans “feeling” like they’re a part of it? There have been many, many years when I didn’t “feel” like Georgia was a part of the national title race in November but I still watched all of the games and then I settled in and I watched all of the BCS games and/or the playoff games. This is about ESPN/et al having more postseason games that they can air to try to get big ratings and money, some of which they will share with the conferences and schools in exchange for ruining the sport on their behalf. If the only reason you’re watching college football is that you “feel” like your team has a national title shot in November, you aren’t actually a college football fan and probably aren’t watching much of it anyway.

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  13. Texas Dawg

    Regardless of the format they chose to implement, I will still hang on every play of every UGA game no matter what their record or chance of making the playoffs. I will cheer, scream, and cuss as needed no matter if they are 11-0 or 0-11. What will change is that I will no longer give a shit about many of the other games because there won’t be much hanging in the balance. If I’m bored, I might tune in, but I won’t have a real rooting interest.


  14. The only real issue with Expanded Playoff is our continued reliance on subjectivity to determine who belongs there. If you went to a simple “Conference Champs play each other” model, you’d eliminate that, you’d expand the number of teams with a possibility of making it (anyone competing for their conference title), and you’d maintain the importance of the regular season.

    But, you would also reduce the SEC’s ability to put multiple teams in, and thus take money out of the coffers. And you don’t come between a man and his dinner. (HT Dave Chappelle)

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    • Gaskilldawg

      You identified a big part of the problem. The Power 5 conferences control the College Football Playoff, Those group of 5 team fans the pundits say will love the opportunity from expanded playoff will enjoy watching their teams passed over in favor of 3rd place Big Ten or SEC or Big 12 teams. UCF fans, you will LOVE watching Minnesota versus Michigan State for a 12th seed! /s


    • I’ve always thought an 8 conference champions only was the best solution, but that requires so much realignment of the sport that it would be unrecognizable.

      The 12 team solution is a good compromise (even as an expansion opponent). I just wish the 6 at-large/wild cards were selected by a BCS type of formula rather than a committee.


  15. thosebigthighs

    How many years has it been since Ohio State has be relevant enough to be included with the Georgias and Alabamas to be even mentioned?

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Russ

    Yay! Tournament champions!


  17. whb209

    What about the players. The SEC is an every Sat. grind. Now you want to add 3 or 4 more games. Trust me, from the first day of preseason practice until the last game of the year you are sore and tired all of the time. 3 or 4 more games will only make thing worst for the 18 to 22 year old bodies. Do you think paying players out of a playoff pool would help? That will sound good to players until about the ninth game of the year and then they will only feel the grind and pain. The money might not be worth the injuries.
    I have not even thought about the reason the guys are supposed to be there. SCHOOL


    • thelifeofthemind

      Unfortunately the well-being of the players is at the bottom of the list of concerns for why or why not this thing should go forward. That includes the NCAA and the fans.


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