I believe Luke Farrell was on a watch list last year. Just goes to show how much of a joke those are.
Yeah, it's fake, but it's still hilarious that Michigan/Patterson is getting dragged through the mud over this. Mission accomplished. Just glad it didn't happen to one of our players!
So I did a little research on TV ratings of playoff and BCS, and it certainly seems like the sport has only gotten more popular since we switched to a playoff, at least at the top end. In the last 5 years of the playoff versus the last 5 years of the BCS, I averaged out the top 3 games' (playoff games for the playoff era, and title game/best two NY5 games for the BCS era) TV ratings:
Does this create worse ratings for lesser games? Maybe, but I'd much rather watch more football between great teams than more football between good/average teams, and the ratings seem to suggest I'm not the only one who feels this way. There has never been national buzz about bowl games outside the NY5 games, so that hasn't changed. What's changed is that there's probably less buzz around non-playoff NY5 games, and that's not a bad thing IMO.
Well, there are two questions here:
HAS COLLEGE FOOTBALL LOST ITS MOJO? No, just like the NFL isn't going anywhere. I'd have to look at the ratings, but I'm betting these are the two most popular sports in America by a large margin.
Do you recall a time when there was less buzz nationally? Yeah, just about every offseason. It's the offseason and honestly there was a ton of national buzz about the transfer portal stuff and I've heard Phil Steele projections and playoff expansion just like I do every year. Playoff expansion is inevitable as it would be great for the game - and that will create more buzz as you will have your usual suspects coupled with some cinderella opportunities.
College football got worse with a playoff? That's a bad take, IMO.
So are we to assume that LSU is trying to cover up/ignore illegal benefits or something? In which case they really are living in Baton Rouge, and in which case that's not a good thing for OSU. I can't imagine LSU 247 doing all this if nothing fishy was going on - and if something fishy is going on, that's probably not good for OSU's chances with Ricks as the chances of LSU getting in trouble are probably slim.
I have 2 kids as well. So okay, maybe not half our lives, but definitely enough to warrant investing in a mattress.