Edit - @Paolo_X - Here is another card that Oregon State and WSU can play. State legislature - even though these two schools are not the big brother in the relationship, they still have to deal with elected representatives that will get to the state house for the legislature. If Oregon and UW go out of their way to screw over WSU and OSU, you can bet there will be payback dished out for decades by the OSU and WSU grads and supporters in the legislature. Also on this one I would bet that UW/Ducks don’t want to have a permanent enemy for the next 5 decades, because if they do go the scorched earth route with the in state schools WSU/OSU will play hit and run guerilla warfare against them for the next 60 years. I can guarantee this will also happen at that point it will be a blood fued on a whole different level.
The Deion Factor
Of course as those of you who even remotely follow college football have heard, the entire US sports media industry is riding this wave of Coach Prime. They do this every year with the surprise team or newcomer to college football. In this case, I think there is more to it with Coach Prime though.
I agree that too many underestimated Coach Prime, which I most certainly did not.
Otherwise and all around, I avoid all the college football media noise because most of it is manufactured hype and homer trash.
Most of the talking heads on both cable and YouTube channels are making staged discussions of Deion more about THEM and their hot takes than about performance on the field and college football in general.
They are only making that noise more now like about most so-called topics that are their flavours of the week or month every September, and using Deion for THEIR narratives, because their window for audience is likely numbered in days, including especially on cable channels.
Fewer are watching those pregame and so-called sports analyst shows than ever.
Two years from now, most of these folks either will not be on your TV screen or will be on YouTube with a far smaller following.
It’s already happened to a host of names who were formerly on TV as of 2020 in the sports division of any of the major media firms.
@Paolo_X - I guess this is the outfit that WSU went and got for the rockfight they are not a small outfit by any stretch of the imagination. WSU getting these guys as legal counsel pretty much is a shot accross the bow of the other schools saying if you do fight us it is going to be a street fight so pack a lunch and bring friends.
somebody watchimng Colorado game? I’m cheerng Colorado State, I don’t like Sanders
The Numbers for Those Buying Their Way Into the ACC
@Paolo_X - I read an article about the people behind the push to get them back to a power5 conference. Their net worth is $15.5 billion dollars - They can go forever without getting TV money. Also now that they can sell out the stadium for meaningful games against the ACC with Miami, Notre Dame, FSU and Clemson, the money they lost from their previous conference will be made up by increased ticket sales for Men’s hoops and Football.
New “USXFL” To Compete With Future Open NCAA Super League
I am going to go ahead and also cross-post here and after the prior discussion on this front in this thread in or before June 2022.
Note Daryl Johnston’s recent comments are EXPLICITLY down this road now. Ultimately the NFL’s desire, as expressed, is no longer merely an open secret or somewhat dismissed or sugar-coated to some degree. NFL executive Troy Vincent did the latter in that same week with his comments directly to the XFL.
The NFL is moving ahead of the curve NOW to position itself to compete with and counter the emerging new pro league that will be at hand via the NCAA for the 2030s after more of the conference realignment.
The old fake student-athlete and prolonged scouting model, as described above and mocked in this thread for the farce it has been for decades, is fading away even faster now.
The NFL also does not want many more millions wasted on so many draft busts, and the developmental leagues are a means to also mitigate those risks that come with also youth because hey, we were all younger and young once right?
@Paolo_X - From our good buddies at chatgpt -
The collaboration between the NFL and the new incarnation of the USFL/XFL holds significant promise in bridging the gap between college football and the NFL, particularly in terms of offensive strategies and player development. In the world of college football, offensive schemes can vary widely, incorporating a plethora of blocking techniques and schemes that differ from NFL standards. These differences can pose challenges for undrafted free agents, who may not have experienced the same level of preparation as their drafted counterparts. A spring league with NFL rules offers a crucial opportunity for these overlooked players to acclimate to the nuances of professional football. By exposing them to NFL-style blocking schemes and techniques during the offseason, the league can help these athletes refine their skills, grasp the intricacies of the pro game, and increase their chances of earning a spot on an NFL roster. This collaborative effort not only benefits the players but also enriches the overall talent pool available to the NFL, ensuring a smoother transition from college to the professional ranks and enhancing the quality of the game.
That’s a rather impressive response, amidst more unimpressive ones from all I have seen and heard, from ChatGPT.
I suppose before too long, ChatGPT might be on a crash course against that Genius Sports Chatbot that makes its rounds here from time to time on this forum.
Another Front of Competition For NCAA Schools
That Expanded 12-Team College Football Playoff Starting In 2024
I am not bothering to include any links, for so many of them read like gobbledygook akin to the explanations for the teams voted for as national champions before any sort of explicit playoff system, then came that so-called Bowl Championship Series, then came the 4-Team College Football Playoff (CFP) now in its last year.
NONE of these systems worked out as sold to us in many of these years.
In the end, with a few exceptions, those voters in the matter simply matched up the teams they wanted to play each other for sake of revenue first (TV, bowl committees, alumni boosters and groups and tourism, et cetera), then any given tradition (i.e. the bygone Rose Bowl matchups), and then maybe sporting merit a distant third.
A notable exception of a few from which some harsh lessons were learned on the sporting front was the 2008 Sugar Bowl that featured #10 12-0 Hawai’i team versus #4 10-2 Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs stomped the Warriors 41-10 and it was never a game after 14-3 Georgia in the first quarter.
The CFP is not having anything of the sort happen again if they can help it. I don’t blame them there. Where I DO blame them is when they are going to have 2-loss or 3-loss teams playing for a “national championship.”
I am not seeing that the new system via 12 teams is going to be as sold including “Just watch! We’re matching up the conference champions and then the very best teams THIS time!”
This time around looks basically rigged to have at least 3 SEC teams and 3 Big Ten teams every year, for they know where the money is as well. This means even teams with 3 losses will somehow end up in some “college football playoff” because well, golly, “they were voted to be the better team in our blah blah blah…”.
The interested fans will eat it up though along with the casinos and sponsors.
We certainly do not need a repeat of the likes of the 2008 Sugar Bowl, but as watered-down as this expanded playoff looks like it will be, it’s a playoff of the haves and the connected.
Should a 2-loss or 3-loss team prevail to win the post-season tournament, I don’t agree it’s a real “national” championship over the course of a season. It definitely has not been “college” football as shaped up for decades anyway.