Factsheet: As usual, the SEC rules the college football industry | Jeff Gordon
Paul Myerberg, USA today: “The pitch for this year’s college football playoffs could have been expanded to include eight teams, 12 teams, 16, 24, 48, 96 or 128. Ultimately, regardless of how many contenders there are in the bracket, the road would end with Alabama and Georgia meeting in the latest iteration of this one-sided rivalry. The most talented. The winner of the Heisman Trophy. Nick Saban. Smart Kirby. The best defense in the country. An almost unstoppable offense. In Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, the playoffs get the ultimate match of two powerful programs with layers of depth, years of shared history, and enough storylines to easily fill the gap between New Years Eve and the Championship game on the January 10. Without denying the argument for expansion of the playoffs, the inevitability of this pairing makes the concept of doubling or trebling the current field of four teams seem like a facade – whether it took a game or two. or three, the Tide and the Bulldogs were destined to meet to decide this championship of the year.
Connor o’gara, Saturday in the south: “You can’t blame the system when the SEC race – now 12 national titles in 16 years is official – is with 2 different systems. We are on the verge of seeing a third consecutive national title and a 4th in 5 years. If Georgia defeats Alabama, it will be 3 different SEC programs that will win national titles. Meanwhile, in other conferences we’ve seen: The Big Ten have 0 non-Ohio State teams competing for a national title in the 21st century. The Pac-12 spends 5 years without a playoff team and 17 seasons without a national champion. The Big 12 remain winless in the playoff semifinals and 0 domestic titles over the past 16 seasons. The CCA has 1 team that wins a playoff game.