The College football playoff will have unintended consequences that no one saw coming
With the college football playoff system now in full swing, we are now witnessing the end of the SEC’s reign as college football’s dominate conference. Since 2006 the SEC has hoisted the national championship trophy 8 times, 4 with Alabama, 2 with Florida, 1 with LSU and 1 with Auburn. No other conference has even come close to such dominance. The CFP has made it to where 4 and 5 star recruits who want to compete for titles, no longer have to choose between which SEC schools they will commit to only to sit 2 or 3 years. Now players can choose just about any division one school they wish, play right away, and if they can go undefeated through a mostly cupcake schedule they will be chosen as one of the 4 teams to compete for it all.
This past weekend we saw 3 out of the top 4 ranked schools fall, opening the door for traditionally less accomplished schools that would have had no shot at one of the 2 spots in the past, move up in the rankings. Schools like Louisville, led by Heisman candidate Lamar Jackson, are in striking distance of the coveted top four ranking with the highest ranking that they have every received in school history through 10 games at #5. Jackson for example enrolled at Louisville and played right away at QB as a true freshman. If he had enrolled at one of the traditional powerhouses he would have more than likely had to sit for 2 years. This has prompted SEC schools like Georgia and Florida to start true freshmen at positions that would have been unheard of in years past for fear that they will either transfer or will select other schools during the recruiting process thus diluting their once invisible lineups even more.
This trend will continue as talk of a possible 8 team playoff becomes a reality in the coming years. Alabama has seemingly been immune to the erosion of talent that has taken place but don’t let the record fool you, they are not as deep as other Alabama championship teams in the past. Not only were the 2009 and 2011 teams deeper, but the competition they routinely played against was better. In 2009 for instance, the Florida Gators led by Tim Tebow(greatest college football player ever) fell to Bama 32-13. That Florida team sent 22 players to the NFL.
Parity is a good thing and although I don’t expect for Alabama to fall completely off the map I do expect to see different conferences hoisting the trophy more often, and if you are a fan of the Big 10 or the ACC this is welcomed news.