NCAA Football 2023/2024 Season Catch All!

I love how CFB fans* argue that their sport is full of passion and the NFL ... lacks it somehow?

The passion-filled CFB championship game in 2022 drew more fans than (checks notes) all but 32 NFL games.

Clearly Americans are being forced at gunpoint to watch the NFL. /s

But to Prederick's larger point, no, the local and regional rivalries that make CFB so fun don't translate into TV ratings. The TV market for CFB seems really more like baseball's, where you have a few national brands (Yankees, Red Sox) but the bulk of the games are aired on RSNs for local markets.

* not directed at anyone here; it's aimed at the "Anonymous" quote above that suggests (incorrectly) that NFL is really college football minus the soul.

I also think the main point is that the College Football audience has grown but not because Oregon State or Ohio State has put out more alumni or there's a sudden influx of population in Corvallis or Columbus, but because of sports betting and everyone trying to be a draftnik.

Are people goign to watch USC because its USC this year or because someone wants to make sure Caleb Williams doesn't get hurt? If he throws for 400 rushes for 150 and scored 6 TDs but somehow loses, is (insert worst team in NFL) fan cheering or sad? Was Carolina fan watching Alabama football to hope they win or just make sure Bryce Young doesn't do something stupid.

College football has more passion doesn't mean NFL doesn't... what is pretty clear to everyone though is that more people are watching college football for reasons other than rivalries, tradition and local fanbases and that is what is driving TV and therefore these conference realignments.

I will be watching because I have the over for Caleb 4.5 total TDs.

This ACC + Cal/furd talk doesn't seem to go away. I personally dont' think it's going to happen. The last thing I read is Notre Dame may find it more attractive for them if we join and they may be lobbying for it. Sure I suppose if ND, Cal and furd all join the ACC maybe that opens the coffers and clemson/FSU stay?

Anyways if it happens enix, pred, stele, firesloth, and our FSU fans.. hope you have an extra bedroom.

I also learned that Notre Dame has a full vote in ACC football conference decisions even though they don't play in ACC football?

Carlbear95 wrote:

I also learned that Notre Dame has a full vote in ACC football conference decisions even though they don't play in ACC football?

That's news to me, too.

This isn't exactly a secret, but ACC football is something to keep the NC schools busy until basketball season starts. App State and ECU take football way more seriously than anyone in the Big 4 (except maybe State some years).

Yeah what I'm hearing is ND wants it but the rest of the league not so sure.

Someone is going to take Stanford. Might as well be us.

They certainly help make women's hoops stronger. Which is probably the 3rd of the only 3 programs that make money at most ACC schools.

Whatever Stele, Cal-Louisville Men's BB last year would have gotten the most eyeballs of any college sporting event in 2022.

CFP must be reconsidered amid realignment, SEC commish says

Sankey, one of 10 FBS commissioners who oversee the College Football Playoff along with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, is convinced that the 12-team format, which he helped author and which was agreed upon for the 2024 season, needs to be reexamined. Per that format, the six highest-ranked conference champions by the playoff committee would make the playoff, along with the next six highest-ranked teams. The four highest-ranked conference champions would earn the top seeds and a first-round bye.

But with the Pac-12 soon down to four teams with Oregon and Washington heading to the Big Ten and Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Colorado leaving for the Big 12, Sankey said "we need to rethink" the playoff model with college football's landscape changing so dramatically. There's also a push by some to get Cal and Stanford in the ACC, and Florida State's president has said the Seminoles will look to leave the ACC if they don't receive a larger portion of the revenue being generated in that league.

"The circumstances have changed, and we need to reconsider the format," Sankey said. "I'm not convinced we need to reconsider the number of teams, and I've been clear that I would have been OK with an eight-team playoff with no conference champion access. That wasn't, if you will, politically tenable within the group. So as we continued to look at the models, we came up with the six-and-six model. But, again, the circumstances have changed in a meaningful way, and my inclination is we need to reexamine the current format."

The FBS commissioners will meet next week in Dallas and then again in September in Chicago. The SEC is the only conference to have had a team in the playoff every year since its inception in the 2014 season.

Sankey emphasized that the SEC would have been OK had the four-team format with no automatic qualifiers remained in place, but also acknowledged a responsibility to be as inclusive as possible.

"We're adding Oklahoma and Texas, and we're not going to have fewer teams involved in the postseason with the addition of those two historic programs to our current 14," Sankey said. "We could stay at four and we could stay at the four best teams, and that is just a straightforward representation of our attitude.

"But the idea of 12 creates a balance. I think all of that's an indication of a willingness to support the game more broadly than just one conference's interests. If it was just one conference's interests, I could have been obstinate that we stay at four as long as we wanted and then let's go negotiate Year 13 [2026] and beyond as opposed to try and continue to grow the game and bring people into the national championship."

Can we just drop the pretense and make it (professional) minor-league football now?

Uh we added too many teams so only 2 or 3 of them will make the playoff now...

Well maybe you shouldn't have done that, idiots.

Nothing will make me happier than Pac-4 Champ Cal playing B1G Champ USC in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2025.

With the winner to face at large Oregon in the next round in the Orange Bowl.

It's cute that you think Cal will be better than three other teams.

Michigan self-imposes 3-game Jim Harbaugh ban

Still somehow less than the settled penalty that was too light...?

Carlbear95 wrote:

Nothing will make me happier than Pac-4 Champ Cal playing B1G Champ USC in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2025.

2024 Cal: 3-9 (3-0 conf)

*Legion* wrote:
Carlbear95 wrote:

Nothing will make me happier than Pac-4 Champ Cal playing B1G Champ USC in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2025.

2024 Cal: 3-9 (3-0 conf)

In the SEC that would be top 15 at least.

And with that, the start of the 2023 GWJ'er NCAA football season has begun!

Carlbear95 wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
Carlbear95 wrote:

Nothing will make me happier than Pac-4 Champ Cal playing B1G Champ USC in the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2025.

2024 Cal: 3-9 (3-0 conf)

In the SEC that would be top 15 at least.

Vanderbilt wishes (5-7 in 2022)

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So does A&M (sorry Fed!) (5-7 in 2022)

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Crossover event

Hey look, football talk.

In last year's thread at the beginning of the season, I predicted that current LA Ram, Stetson Bennett the IV, future owner of Kia of Blackshear GA, would win the Heisman; UGA would make the CFP title game, and Nick Saban's team would not win the SEC West.

Drunk with my new fangled (and bark powered) talent of predicting all important matters of college football, let's try it again.

Your two time National Champions will once again make the CFP title game, and will attempt to match those previously untouchable Golden Gophers as the only three time champions.

Brock Bowers will have over a 1000 yards receiving.

Alabama will once again fail to win the SEC West (also, once again, like every previous year since the dawn of time, neither will A&M.)

And Heisman finalist Bo Nix, will be the first QB ever to lose to the same team for five consecutive years, when Oregon loses to the Dawgs in the first round of the CFP playoffs.

Badferret wrote:

And Heisman finalist Bo Nix, will be the first QB ever to lose to the same team for five consecutive years, when Oregon loses to the Dawgs in the first round of the CFP playoffs.

He is going to have the most beautiful, heroic 276 yard, 2 TD, 3 INT performance ever.

Four Michigan assistants to split duties during Harbaugh suspension

Oooh! Oooh! Let a fan call one series a game!

Big Ten to implement gameday availability reports beginning this football season

Let's keep it a buck, there's one reason why they are doing this (and other conferences will soon follow, I'll bet):

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It's only a vice if the wealthy white folks can't profit off of it.

yay... football season...

Cal opens @North Texas.. not sure how that happened, but since we may actually be in C-USA or in the ACC or just dead, maybe it's time to stop wondering about how this scheduling turned out. Even better the game is on ESPNU (another preview of whats to come for Cal?), and since I'm not going to shell out a bunch of money to just watch one game, I may literally be listening this game on the radio.

Hard to get super excited this season given everything that's going on... but heck... predictions...

Cal starts 3-0, including a win against Auburn, and ends up 7-5. Most importantly we will beat WSU, furd, and Oregon State to win the Pac-4, and we throw in a win against UCLA in Cal's final appearance in the Rose Bowl and as a thank you for the $10M/year they will be handing us for their treachery..

that's all.. that's all I got this year...

GO BEARS!

ESPN is airing 75 ACC games, including NY6 games in movie theaters this year.

Guess they're getting ready for the impacts of writer and actor strikes?

https://apnews.com/article/acc-espn-...

MannishBoy wrote:

ESPN is airing 75 ACC games, including NY6 games in movie theaters this year.

Guess they're getting ready for the impacts of writer and actor strikes?

https://apnews.com/article/acc-espn-...

That's great! 100% this will only be in East Coast theaters.. perfect timing for Cal's ACC Debut!

Week One starts tonight.

Let's go Utes!

Minnesota what are you doing at home?

Badferret wrote:

Week One starts tonight.

Let's go Utes!

You in Utah or just a Utes fan?

Stele wrote:

Minnesota what are you doing at home?

Holy sh*t what a catch to tie it.

Matt Rhule, still good at losing.

WizKid wrote:
Badferret wrote:

Week One starts tonight.

Let's go Utes!

You in Utah or just a Utes fan?

Neither.

You might say that I'm not a fan of the ditch lizards.