Brando: The College Football Playoff Has Problems

Tim Brando outlined numerous issues plaguing college football and predicted when the playoff will expand to eight teams

January 07, 2019 - 11:34 am

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No. 1 Alabama (14-0) and No. 2 Clemson (14-0) will meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight year Monday night, and if ticket sales – and prices – are any indication, the Nick Saban versus Dabo Swinney storyline has lost some buzz. 

Don’t be surprised if the television ratings reflect that, too.

“(This is a) game that I think a lot of people around the country are not that enthralled to see for a fourth consecutive year,” FOX Sports college football analyst Tim Brando said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s not Clemson and Alabama’s fault that they’re this good. They are the two best teams, and I’ve got no problem with that. You’ve heard me talk about the process being the problem, that we need to expand it. We need to get the rest of our country’s geography involved in college football.

“For the last four years, west of the Mississippi, no one’s cared,” Brando continued. “And the Big Ten hasn’t had a team in as its champion in three years – and two straight years running, no Big Ten team in at all. So you’ve got a lot of households that just aren’t necessarily that geeked up for this game.”

Brando also dislikes that the national championship between Alabama and Clemson will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, which is roughly 2,000 miles from either campus. 

“It’s the lack of consistency and foresight and governance with the College Football Playoff,” Brando said. “Basically, it’s this: they just want your money. If you pay them the highest bid, you can have the game no matter where it is, and that’s that. It just seems to me that’s what this is all about. It’s one big money grab, even where they give the locations.”

While the location may leave much to be desired for both fan bases, Brando believes changes are coming to the College Football Playoff.

“We’re not growing the sport with the lack of inclusion, the lack of opportunity for so many teams that play so well, in a sport that has really got a lot of parity to it,” he said. “College football has really become a game where if you don’t bring it every week, you could get beat. But if you told that to a casual fan, they’d say, ‘Hell, I could tell you who’s going to play in this thing every year.’ If we’ve got a situation like that, then college football’s got an issue. It’s got to be addressed. I think by 2020, we’re going to go to eight teams.”