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End of a college football era, and good riddance

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One by one, the old traditions of college football are fading into history. Good riddance.

It only took 155 years for college football to finally have a true playoff with a full roster and full representation to determine the champion. To achieve this, we will sacrifice some traditions, but we will get rid of much more “we always did this” customs that have long lost their relevance.

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There is a difference between tradition and custom. In college football, the tradition is the march of the bands, Saturdays at the alma mater, the rivalry that determines how the next year goes. Customs vote for the champion and claim it’s good for the interest in the sport, or boxing teams pay for expensive and inappropriate bowls, or refuse to pay players, even when coaches make millions and schools and conferences make billions. Traditions warm the heart. Customs infuriates the mind.

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Sometimes what starts as a good tradition turns into a “why is it still here” custom. Case in point: the pink bowl. The Grandpa of Them All spent most of the last century at the center of college football’s big day: New Year’s Day, especially the time slot when the sun sets behind the San Gabriel Mountains at the end of the third quarter. It’s beautiful, it’s great, it’s inspiring…and it’s been a stubborn, infuriating roadblock to playoff expansion for years.

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Finally, those in power in college football came together collectively. eggs tell Rose Bowl to continue the program or be eliminated, and finally Rose Bowl gave up. As a result, the 12-team expanded college football playoffs will start two years earlier than planned. (Not coincidentally, this will generate $450 million in additional revenue for all parties involved; sunsets are good, but cash is better.)

What does it mean? Well, we won’t see that beautiful sunset every New Year. What we will see is an extended playoff, an opportunity for Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Utah, and maybe even Tulane and UCF to make it into the postseason. We will witness the birth of a new tradition – campus playoff games for at least one round – and the end of the bowl game that dominates the entire sport. We’ll see teams deserving wider recognition come into the spotlight, and we’ll see upstarts take on the blue-blooded. We will see talent diversify across the country rather than being concentrated in a few schools as more paths to the playoffs open up. It’s taken too long, but here we are. We did it.

Times are changing, and even college football can’t be stuck in the 1950s forever. This is how the world works, adapt or die. Teams know this, and finally, the whole sport understood this.

However, it is better not to mess with marching bands. Then there will be trouble.

The Michigan Wolverines march led by drummer Kelly Bertoni before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)
The Michigan Wolverines march led by drummer Kelly Bertoni before a game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

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Contact Jay Busbee at [email protected] or on Twitter at @jaybusbee.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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