The most interesting point of all will be how many (if any) of the “lower seeds” (i.e., 5 and below) actually win the Championship. If none, then that demonstrates that all they are is fodder to create more TV inventory.
Because you let the best teams in the field, not just the four teams with the best record against imbalanced schedules. There are teams that can be competitive with Georgia, as Ohio State showed in the Peach Bowl. Alabama and Tennessee with a back-up QB probably would have lost to Georgia, too, but those teams would have at least shown up for the game.
TCU is a good team and I’m glad it got its shot in the playoff, but that was not the second-best team in the country. A four-round playoff would have almost certainly kept TCU out of the championship game.
Yes, I do. That team beat a lot of good teams at the end of the year, and handily in a lot of cases. I think it had won its postseason games by a combined score of 61-11 going to Omaha.
That team is a great example of why I think larger playoff fields are a good idea. Ole Miss was No. 1 early in the year, but battled injuries in late March and throughout April, then got its players back in May and got rolling again. Ole Miss had a great team.
The nfl seems to make it work with playoffs but for some reason college can’t figure it out, and until it does we get garbage. I think the biggest part to blame is refereeing. That is in bad bad shape.
Average margin of victory in the 18 Semifinal games since 2014 has been 19 points. The Georgia-Ohio State game was not the norm.
Michigan, the second-ranked CFP team, might argue this point against you.
Tennessee had a shot at Georgia already, with their starting QB and Hesiman frontrunner. Game was 27-6 after the first UGA drive of the second half. But they should get another shot? And while I think Bama would have beaten TCU, they couldn’t beat Tennessee or LSU. Those game should matter as well.
I don’t think you should penalize a team for a regular-season loss if it is good enough to work its way through the playoffs and get revenge. I like the idea of being able to make up for a loss.
I’m an NFL fan, which influences my opinion on this. The Chiefs are the No. 1 seed in the AFC this week over the Bills and Bengals, who beat them in the regular season. If Kansas City wins the AFC Championship Game over one of those teams, I won’t say the Chiefs don’t deserve to be in the Super Bowl. They will have won within the framework of the playoffs and won when it mattered most.
Georgia lost pretty badly to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game last year and won the rematch for the national championship. I don’t think anyone questions the legitimacy of the Georgia national championship in 2021 because it went 1-1 against Alabama. It won the game that mattered most.