With few new groups within the combine and an entire lot of unhealthy video games, has the Faculty Soccer Playoff gone stale?
Faculty Soccer Every day Cavalcade: Has the Faculty Soccer Playoff gone stale?
Sorry if this take sucks, it’s not my fault …
I’m nonetheless getting previous the thought of an 11-seed that completed fourth in its convention might be one extra time away from taking part in for the school basketball nationwide title.
No, stale is completely each one of many 2,493 songs in my iPhone library and the ten,000+ saved elsewhere, however …
(Superflex/brag solution to begin a rant … GO)
So I used to be on the Paul Finebaum present the opposite day and he requested an fascinating query.
Has the Faculty Soccer Playoff change into stale?
Quick reply – form of, however not in the way in which many would possibly suppose.
In fact it could be higher if we had a slew of latest groups taking part in, however that’s probably not the issue.
America doesn’t appear to have a problem with Alabama – that’s an SEC-hate factor – as we’ve all come to simply accept it like Amazon. It’s an unstoppable monster that’s crushes the little man like a grape, however what are you going to do?
By the point you’ve completed studying this, Clemson could have gained one other ACC Championship and shall be in one other CFP as the two/3 seed, however at the very least it has enjoyable NFL quarterbacks.
Nobody likes rooting for Ohio State – Ohio State followers aren’t even glad rooting for Ohio State – and Oklahoma can’t recover from the hump, however once more, the groups aren’t why the Faculty Soccer Playoff is a tad stale, although now we have but to have one with out at the very least two of these 4 – Tide, Tigers, Buckeyes and Sooners – in it.
Everybody desires one thing new, however even then it doesn’t appear to work.
LSU bought in, introduced wonderful power to the combo, after which obliterated every little thing in its path. That sucked.
Notre Dame bought in twice and bought steamrolled. That sucked.
Washington didn’t have a prayer in opposition to an Alabama staff that went by way of the motions and gained within the 2017 CFP Chick-fil-A Peach – no joke, I’m nonetheless working off the load from that week loaded with bins of free Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kremes for the media – and Michigan State didn’t even get off the bus in its CFP look within the 2016 CFP Cotton. Each of these video games sucked.
Give Florida State and Oregon a move as a result of the CFP was a enjoyable novelty within the first 12 months, leaving Georgia because the outlier beginner with the 2 classics it performed within the 2018 playoff.
I’ve stated over and over that the playoff must increase to eight – 5 Energy 5 champs, prime Group of 5 champ, two wild-cards – with the primary spherical performed on the higher-seed house discipline the week after the convention championships. Nevertheless, that will carry extra power and pleasure to the common season and never essentially the CFP. An expanded playoff would doubtless have extra blowouts within the first spherical, however that’s effective – groups at the very least need the chance.
No, the actual drawback with the Faculty Soccer Playoff is easy.
The video games have been AWFUL.
As a postseason format, I’ll proceed to pound the desk that the Faculty Soccer Playoff actually is one of the best in all of sports activities, points in any respect.
Is it essentially the most thrilling solution to do a post-season? No. Is it the fairest? Completely not. Ought to it come all the way down to a panel of judges who kinda sorta watches faculty soccer and turtles on the concept of displaying even the teeniest tiniest little bit of transparency within the determination making course of? Uhhhhh, no.
However the CFP isn’t a gimmick like the school basketball factor we simply went by way of, and it preserves the integrity of the common season in contrast to – for instance – EVERY professional sport. There’s no such factor as an affordable Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide champion.
No, the CFP as a system hasn’t gone stale. Once more, the playoff video games must cease being unhealthy.
We had been spoiled.
The Alabama 45-40 win over Clemson within the second CFP nationwide championship was excellent, and the third – the Deshaun Watson drive for a 35-31 win over the Tide – was nearly as good as faculty soccer has ever been. Nevertheless, these two classics made up for the depressing semifinal video games in each years.
The Georgia 54-48 double-overtime win over Oklahoma on the finish of the 2017 season was epic, and Tua to DeVonta to win a nationwide title was arguably the most important single play in faculty soccer historical past. Since then, although, the Faculty Soccer Playoff has been an enormous reward field of socks.
Eight of the final 9 CFP video games had been ugly blowouts – give some forgiveness to final 12 months’s Sugar Bowl; the Ohio State 49-28 win over Clemson was at the very least entertaining – with three nationwide championship video games that had been a complete waste of time. The 29-23 Clemson semifinal win over Ohio State within the Fiesta two seasons in the past was the one redeeming battle of the bunch.
Which means we’ve had 21 Faculty Soccer Playoff video games and – throwing within the Ohio State win over Alabama within the first 12 months – solely six have been any good.
So how can we repair it? We will’t.
We’re getting the 4 finest groups yearly – or actually near it – and we’re getting powerhouse vs powerhouse video games. You may’t ask for higher matchups.
We simply want a bit of extra luck.
You need ugly? From blowouts to horribly performed snoozers that simply so occurred to have shut closing scores, attempt the Tremendous Bowl from the start in 1967 till 1989, with just a few Pittsburgh wins over Dallas counting as the intense spots in an enormous wasteland of bloated sports activities darkness.
The Faculty Soccer Playoff hasn’t had sufficient time to be stale.
Give us a great nationwide championship or two, and throw us a bone with aggressive semifinals, and unexpectedly we’ll love the factor.
And if there occurs to be a CFP with out Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma … cool.