College football has made itself even better with 12 expanded teams

In college football, change usually comes at the expense of magic. Not this time. For once, gluttony in the game will gobble up the money while creating the kind of post-season National Championship accessible that the sport lacks.

There are absolutely no perfect decisions in this decentralized chaos of unchecked regional power and patriarchal attitudes aimed at preserving profits, even as the amateur sports model disintegrates. But sometimes, leaders come for air and make something better. That’s what happened with last week’s announcement that College Football Playoff will expand from four to 12 teams by 2026 at the latest.

It remains to be seen whether this decision will stabilize the conference and discourage the Securities and Exchange Commission from stealing more software. It should slow down the movement, though. There is still the question of how all playoff revenue will be split now that TV post-season stock has jumped from three games to 11. But what matters to loyal followers of the sport is that there are more tracks for the big show. This means that more teams will have hope – and more people will stick to the drama.

In sports, parity is more layered than we usually recognize. There is equal results and equal opportunities. There is no parity issue in college football just because 12 of the 16 champions have come from the SEC. Dominating teams, conferences and divisions emerge and create a temporary imbalance in every league, including the parity-driven NFL. The difference is that other sports are better organized to ensure the supremacy of these strong breeds and coalitions is challenged.

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It’s possible, no matter the setup, that Nick Saban would have led Alabama to six national titles. However, Crimson Tide has owned an era in which only eight programs have won a championship since 2006. Alabama’s greatness is evident because it is the only one to have had more than two. But in the current structure – which, at least, was better than the Bowl Series or the days gone by when the top teams didn’t finally meet unanimously – most of the nation is still barred from the opportunities it’s left to make a certain level of assumptions when declaring a team the national champion. .

This title requires a national competition. The four-team playoff was a routine gesture of need. It was an elite invitation tournament, not a real tournament, and it was always meant to be expanded. It did not make sense to describe the first division in college football as consisting of five conferences of strength, however a playoff was promoted that did not take this into account. Over the past eight years, it’s been a decent replacement, and an improvement on the way things were. But the Securities and Exchange Commission secured nearly a third of the bids, and four conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Big 12) combined for 28 of 32 invitations.

The Pac-12, dubbed as one of the Power Five, had two teams to make it. Notre Dame, the independent rich in tradition, once appeared. Cincinnati, representing the American Athletic Conference, smashed the party last season.

Was it indicative of the best difference? Sure, it’s safe to assume that. But a tournament that is supposed to represent the whole country has to be wide enough to do so.

The new 12-team format will give automatic bidding to the conference’s top six champions. Therefore, if the strength of the Power Five remains the same, it guarantees the participation of one champion from these five other conferences: AAC, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt. Then there will be six big teams, which will be dominated by the SEC and the Big Ten after their new additions turn them into super conferences.

There are a lot of issues. In particular, it’s so funny and typical that schools have spent decades trying to cast the solidity of their post-season expansion as a concern about the health and class burden of players, only to create a season that can now last up to 17 games for programs that all go the way. What won’t be a problem is the unbreathable popular concern that the length of the post-season will reduce the value of the regular season.

Each match remains important because the first four rounds will be precious. You’ll see a lot of two-lose teams on the court, and a three-lose is sometimes possible. But if you think the rare 9-3 qualification invalidates the regular season, you really should avoid the pong pong table. It’s crucial to think about how to increase the margin of error a little bit will enrich the entire trip and perhaps encourage teams to be more ambitious by scheduling their non-conferences and reducing our reliance on reputation and pre-season polling momentum to select the best teams by December.

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Last weekend, Utah went to Gainesville, Florida, to open the season against Florida. The Utes were out of the 10-4 Rose Bowl season and ranked No. 7, the highest pre-season rating in the program’s history. They lost, 29-26, in the swamp. For losing the opening game on one of the toughest stadiums in college football, They faced questions about their aspirations in the playoffs. Oregon, another respected Pac 12 team entering the year, gained 49-3 pounds against Georgia in Atlanta. When the curtains of 2022 were lifted, the Securities and Exchange Commission owned the Pac-12 in two important games of recognition. And now, the next three months don’t really seem to matter for West Coast football.

In the near future, there will be a better chance to gradually develop and learn the hard lessons during the regular season and still have a chance to play for the ultimate prize. And the urgency won’t suffer much. There are 131 teams in the football sub-division. Twelve will make the championship. Access will not change the difficulty of entry. There will always be an emotionless guard at the door.

Accessibility will change the difficulty of winning everything. It will take another win – two if the team doesn’t get a farewell – to lift the trophy. This is more room for turmoil and surprises. This is another opportunity to check for greatness in a sport that results in too many undefeated champions to fully appreciate just how special undefeated is.

In fact, college football has done something to make it more exciting and less exclusionary. Sport is getting better at the moment. I’d tell you to sunbathe in, but it’s best to stay alert.

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