The broken playoff system in college football needed repairing. That was the most obvious thing in sports.
The four-team college playoff playoff is the biggest scam in collegial fraud. It almost destroyed the Football Bowl and the expansion could not wait any longer. Again, these were the obvious things.
It’s not so obvious. Why start moving this way now? Why Thursday? Alabama coach Nick Saban, with a new three-year contract extension, could have a smart answer if we put the truth serum in his eternal veins.
Alabama has announced that Saban may never stop training on Monday. Three days later, the College Football Playoff cartel decided it was time to start discussions to expand their exclusive party from four to 1
There are no such things as coincidences. There is only Saban and everyone else trying to gain relevance in this world he occupies.
The power imbalance in college football has never been more obvious than last season. In 2020, there was only Alabama and teams that all knew Alabama would break into pea soup. It was a lot of fun for Alabama, but it wasn’t exactly healthy for the sport. Maybe now, with an expanded playoff on the horizon and players free to transfer, the balance will be back in the game. The Big Ten and Pac-12 can only hope.
GOOD MAN: The extension of Nick Saban’s contract shows that his heart is in Alabama
Well before last season, the bilateral power imbalance in college football was rushing in the wrong direction. So, yes, the sport had to change. Saban may have just given him a start with his new contract. Because here’s the thing. At this stage, his dominance in college football was so complete and profound that he completely hijacked the entire recruiting apparatus. The game is his, and Alabama is like Standard Oil, US Steel or nowadays Amazon.
Saban had his “top team” in 2020, and the highest-ranked recruitment class at the moment followed. The man had a COVID-19 and he called recruits during his quarantine. How honestly do Dabo and Kirby compete against this?
Nothing can stop Saban – not even Rona and even his 70th birthday – so CFP can also change the rules and see if that finally works.
This is a working theory.
Not to say that Saban’s extension is the reason CFP finally broke away from the Power 5 monopoly, but it is well understood that the age of the Super teams in college football is a consequence of the play-off form of four teams. All the best players wanted to play only for Alabama, Clemson, Ohio, Georgia and Oklahoma. Where’s the fun in that?
Now there is only one Super team and that is Saban’s Alabama. Notre Dame can’t have it.
CONNECTED: The College Football Playoff offers a plan to expand to 12 teams
About a month ago, I asked SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey in the form of the same question I always ask Sanki at this time of year. When will CFP expand? Shouldn’t there be more than four teams?
“Four things,” Sanki said, as usual, at the Regions Tradition golf tournament.
We’ve been playing this game since 2015, Sankey and I, and even then I wrote that four certainly didn’t work and that four was a scam. At first, a playoff with eight teams seemed like the answer, but then it became clear that the bigger playoff field was the only thing one could hope to correct what Power 5’s greedy conferences had done for the game.
A CFP working group that included Sankey decided on Thursday that a 12-team playoff should be introduced in the future. It’s not official yet, but it’s happening. The vote on enlargement could take place on June 22. The governing board of the college of football will consider the proposal of the working group next week in Chicago.
The proposed model will place the six highest ranked conference champions in the playoffs, as well as six major offers. It’s like a much-needed breath of hope for the sport.
Twelve are working so far, but 16 teams would be better for the game’s parity.
There will rightly be concerns about a diluted playoff, and that may be the case in the beginning, but enlargement is the best news for the future of college football in the long run. Here is an example of this logic if the playoffs expand next season. Coastal Carolina, the dear favorite of 2020, could win the Sun Belt and go to the playoffs if the Chants are among the top six champions in the country.
Now this is revolutionary and this type of outsiders are exactly what the College Playoffs lack.
The pandemic taught us nothing about the fraudulent playoffs of football college that we didn’t know yet, but more than ever it revealed the deception of what it is – a good boys’ club designed to keep the obese, bloated rich on top (and, it turns out, do not allow them to go belly up during an unexpected financial, masking collapse of the system.)
Others in college football will try to take credit for that day, but we all know who really did it. When UAB makes the College Football Playoff, just thank Nick Saban.
Joseph Goodman is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group. He is on Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr.