Georgia Football is the benchmark program in CFB For now. With the changes in the playoffs many of the voices in support claim that it will allow a more diverse field. Rather than having Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Ohio State every year, it will have schools we are not used to seeing.
I have to disagree with this notion. I think we will see all of those teams included just about every year. Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Ohio State have all appeared in the CFP more than 2 times. The history of the playoffs is only 9 years old, this season. You do the math. It seems those teams have a monopoly on college football.
Add in the emergence of USC and the field shrinks down to only 5 open spots in the new playoff system. I would put money, if I had any, on LSU being a yearly contender for a playoff spot also. I don’t think it will add more diversity, it will only widen the gap.
Here is the thing about these 7 or 8 teams that have a so-called “monopoly” on college football, they have that because they spend the money. They spend it on facilities and recruiting. Two things you need to be successful at to win games in college football.
It’s a cute little story when Cincinnati and TCU make the playoffs. But look what happened to them. What Georgia did to TCU, would be considered illegal if it wasn’t football.
The difference between Georgia and TCU, you ask? Money. That’s the difference. It will always be the difference. That’s why the SEC has controlled football. The fanbases down here care about the football program and will give money to them to spend. People literally put funds in their will to send to their school’s football program.
So, in short, expect Georgia to be in the playoffs when it expands. Because they have a coach and an administration that understands how to play College Football off-field. Also, expect the rest of the teams named to be an annual playoff contender because they do too.