With the second year of the College Football Playoff almost upon is, it’s only natural to assess how things went in Year One – and things in Year One, well, they went pretty darn well.
“Well, (the playoff) certainly didn’t hurt the regular season, as many of the BCS apologists said that it would,” Fox Sports 1 national commentator Tim Brando said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It was great for the game. The College Football Playoff was great for the sport. It’s never been more popular. It’s never been more financially solvent. I had said – and I was a proponent for a playoff for years, going all the way back – (that the BCS) was still a mythical national championship. I think now with a form of elimination and playoff at the end of the year, and in year one to see a team that really earned its way in by way of its conference championship game in a blowout win the way Ohio State got it over Wisconsin – and then for them to then knock off the No. 1 team in the country, Alabama – is proof of why we needed a college football playoff.”
Brandon, however, dislikes that the semifinals will be played on New Year’s Eve this year.
“I think we’re going to have to rethink that,” he said. “I agree with my friends over at ESPN. I don’t think New Year’s Eve is the right time for these games to be played, and again, the problem is the Rose Bowl. It’s all about that particular time and it’s always set on New Year’s Day, and we got to have the parade at a certain time. I think we’re going to have to go through that for the next couple of years, but I think they’ll understand when they see about 10 to 15 percentage points come off the ratings that they’re going to have to make some adjustments with that. But by and large, the College Football Playoff was a tremendous success and I, for one, never thought that it wouldn’t be.”
But about that whole New Year’s Eve thing . . .
“They’re saying it’s going to change the paradigm of New Year’s Eve in this country,” Brando said. “I don’t see that. I just don’t. I think New Year’s Day was a huge success. Those of us that grew up on the history and tradition of college football were reminded of what New Year’s Day was all about when a team like Miami could go from No. 4 to No. 1 because Texas lost to Georgia in the Cotton Bowl in 1984 on New Year’s Day. That was riveting. New Year’s Day was a day that meant a lot in college football. New Year’s Eve is too big a night for too may people to go out. I think that while the games themselves will be successful, they’re not going to get the television ratings on New Year’s Eve that they would on New Year’s Day, in my opinion.”