I agree completely. It’s abundantly clear that ESPN is interested in protecting the south at all costs.But to circle back, LSU’s booster scandal and Clemson’s rampant steroid use scandal, are not scandals because ESPN gains nothing by reporting on it. If it were Ohio State though
This is an awful lot of whining two weeks later.
It’s not whining, it’s stating facts.
Is there another sport that is set up in any way, shape, or form like college football?
Where a Network owns rights to the playoff games, but also owns conference networks?
It’s so ripe for corruption and conflict of interest. I can almost guarantee in 2025 when contract negotiation comes back up, there will absolutely be rules put in place to negate the appearance of conflict of interest.
It was a long time ago, but the Big 10 once threatened to boycott the Rose Bowl because they always used PAC 10 refs. The Big 10 felt like they were consistently getting the short end of the stick.....the rules were changed to alternate referees.
I’m honestly not sure how a legitimate case can be made for the arrangement Ohio State faced against Clemson. The ACC and SEC are business partners and the game is being played on ESPN, who owns the thing for $5.7B.
I believe with 100% certainty, if it was Fox that paid $5.7B for the playoffs, OSU is the #1 seed and essentially get the “gimme” game against Oklahoma. And (2) years ago when the Big 10 was lauded as the best conference in the country, went 8-1 in Bowl games, but were left out of playoffs....yeah, that doesn’t happen. That doesn’t make it right either. It’s just the nature of the beast in the current college football landscape. There’s a reason Joel Klatt is like the “unofficial spokesman” of the Big 10......he’s employed by Fox.
And again, I don’t think I’m whining as much as I am stating facts. OSU left a lot of points on the field with essentially (3) TD drops. But that doesn’t excuse the officiating and their weird-ass mechanics of using a replay center in Birmingham rather than at the field like normal protocol. It’s possible to say OSU blew a lot of opportunities and the officiating was trash and gave appearance of a conflict of interest. Both things can be true.
Here's my issue with it:What was the corruption here?
That bowl games are played in the South?
Or that LSU was number 1?
Are we so homerish as to act like there's no argument, outside of corruption, that LSU deserved it.
I remember being the beneficiary of blowing a team out to end the season and having an opposing fanbase (TCU) decry us getting in because we were the "big market" team. And no one here gave one flying fuck.
Ohio State was better than Clemson and both blew the game and got screwed, but the bitching about LSU being number 1 is...just that. Bitching.
As for all of the major Bowls being places that benefit warm weather teams, I've said countless times the Big Ten needs to stand up for itself. It's the largest conference with the most money. IT can put an end to the entire bowl season being played in the South and in the West. It just has to do so.
But what happened with LSU having a home game can still happen. It can happen in the NFL in the superbowl. Sometimes it's just dumb luck.
Well blanket statements like this are cute and all, but 7 points were flat out stolen from OSU. In a game that they lost by 6. Forget every other questionable call, they had 7 points taken away that factually should not have been taken away.Can OSU fans ever just admit they didn’t get the job done on the field and lost the game?
No, I imagine they'll go back to being 9-3 most of the time sprinkled in with one or two elite seasons per decade.I mean they've won 3 national titles since the advent of the BCS and been to a 4th so like...probably not gonna suddenly just drop off the face of the Earth for 20 years.