10 things we have learned from college football bowl season

Hyosub Shin

Having two SEC teams play for the championship in the heart of the South and just 70 miles from Georgia's campus will be a boon for ticket sellers.

The Sugar Bowl, which featured Alabama taking down Clemson in the late game, had a 12.5 rating, up 19 percent from last season's second CFP semifinal. The truth is there is no flawless system that will crown a college football champion at this level and there never will be.

The Big Ten really was that loaded... One factor that resonated with the committee was the Buckeyes' 55-24 loss at Iowa on November 4.

ESPN executive vice president for programming and scheduling Burke Magnus said simply having the semifinals back on January 1 had network officials optimistic about the size of the audience. The Bulldogs have not won a national championship since 1980. The Sooners scored upwards of 40 points in six of their last seven contests, including three wins in their last five games over teams ranked in the top 11. The Crimson Tide will be playing in the title game for the third straight season and looking for its fifth national championship under Nick Saban since 2009. Still, his shortcomings tend get more attention than his strengths.

Is there a line to even be drawn? Yes, these two teams are similar, and both are very good.

Sure, the Tigers probably weren't as motivated as Scott Frost's team, and if UCF had to play an ACC/Big Ten/SEC regular season schedule, it probably wouldn't have gone undefeated.

This is the risk you run when you agree to endorse a four-team playoff system that has no guarantees for any conference in the end.

It did not, however, cost the Crimson Tide a playoff spot. No power conference should agree to anything less, especially the Big 12 and Pac-12 who have been left out of the most playoffs since its inception.

Dennis Dodd, senior college football insider: Alabama's defense is "fixed".

Barrett Sallee, college football writer: It comes down to one simple thing: Georgia is a more complete football team than Alabama. The second was pure chaos. It may not be quite as chaotic as a scenario in which two teams from the same conference and independent Notre Dame gets an invite, but this could potentially be a pebble disrupting the calm of the playoff.

Oklahoma's defense isn't even comparable to Georgia's.



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