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An Epic Weekend of College Football That Shouldn’t Have Happened

January 3, 2023
College football playoffs really about money

No. 1 Georgia held on for dear life as Ohio State kicker Noah Ruggles’ 50-yard field goal attempt was no good. The Bulldogs 42-41 victory advanced them to the CFP national championship next week. Prior to Georgia’s win, No. 3 TCU pulled a dramatic 51-45 upset of No. 2 Michigan. 

What a day for college football, right? Not exactly.

The weekend’s two semifinal games shouldn’t have been played. Wait…what? Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t be so surprised. It’s all in the College Football Playoff’s mission statement.


The CFP Mission

Taken directly from the College Football Playoff website is an overview of what the CFP is all about.

“The College Football Playoff (CFP) is a postseason event to determine college

football’s national champion on the field, while emphasizing the significance

of college football’s unique regular season where every game counts.”

Complete and utter bull$**t. 

The College Football Playoff is about one thing – money. That’s why it will expand to 12 teams in 2024, which actually goes against the mission of the CFP.


Every Game Counts

Let’s begin with the final three words of the CFP’s mission…every game counts. Does it? Does every game really count? 

If every game counted, then why was Ohio State playing in a national semifinal? The Buckeyes lost their regular season finale to Michigan. Doesn’t that game count? So, 11-1 Ohio State which lost to Michigan already deserves to be in a national championship scenario with the team it already lost to. 

What about TCU? The Horned Frogs had a great season. There’s no doubt about that, but they lost in the Big 12 championship game. TCU was not a conference champion, but every game counts. Horse $**t. If every game counted, the Horned Frogs would have played in a nice bowl game and went home for the season. Instead, they’ll play for a national championship because every game counts.


Settle it on the Field

It’s right there in the mission statement. “On the field.” Isn’t that what college football wants? To settle it on the field?

Michigan settled it on the field when they beat Ohio State in the regular season finale. TCU settled it “on the field” when the Frogs lost to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game. 

The point here is that the CFP talks about settling it “on the field” and “every game counts” but, in reality, they don’t care about either. They care about dead Presidents, denira, cash money. 


12-Team Field

Still thinking the CFP really wants to settle it on the field? Here’s what a 12-team CFP field would have looked like this year. Georgia, Michigan, Clemson, and ughh…Utah would have been the top-4 seeds. Utah! Haha, three-loss Utah. Did the Utes settle it on the field when they lost to Florida? UCLA? Oregon?

Kansas State would have made a 12-team playoff. They lost to Tulane, which would have also made a 12-team playoff. The Wildcats were a good football team, but they lost to TCU and Texas and in no way deserve a shot at playing for a national championship.

USC, Penn State, Tennessee, Alabama…all good football teams. All had two losses. Does that settle it on the field? Did every game count? If they all counted, then why didn’t Georgia just play Michigan for the national championship? 

The answer, of course, is not in the CFP’s mission. It’s in the CFP’s bank account.


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