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College football parity at an all time low?

birdlandmemories
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11/8/2015 6:41:45 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Okay, I know the playoff was the right thing to go towards, but it just seems like there is less parity with the playoff.

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Yesterday Nebraska upset Michigan State. That was only the 3rd win by an unranked team over a top 10 team. TCU won by a combined 10 points over Texas Tech and Kansas State, Florida has won 3 games over unranked teams by 5 points or less, Oklahoma State has had 3 games against unranked teams won by a touchdown or less, Ohio State won by only a touchdown against Indiana and Northern Ilinois...

Basically what this shows is that the upsets just aren't happening this year. The favorites are winning by 7 points or less each week. There have been way less upsets this year than in years past. Not to mention at this point there are 6 undefeated teams currently... compare that to 3 last year.
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11/10/2015 3:33:02 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 11/8/2015 6:41:45 PM, birdlandmemories wrote:
Okay, I know the playoff was the right thing to go towards, but it just seems like there is less parity with the playoff.

.

Yesterday Nebraska upset Michigan State. That was only the 3rd win by an unranked team over a top 10 team. TCU won by a combined 10 points over Texas Tech and Kansas State, Florida has won 3 games over unranked teams by 5 points or less, Oklahoma State has had 3 games against unranked teams won by a touchdown or less, Ohio State won by only a touchdown against Indiana and Northern Ilinois...

Basically what this shows is that the upsets just aren't happening this year. The favorites are winning by 7 points or less each week. There have been way less upsets this year than in years past. Not to mention at this point there are 6 undefeated teams currently... compare that to 3 last year.

Well, the Big 12 has back loaded its schedule, so the 3 undefeateds that they had will all play each other.. You also should realize that 3 of the remaining undefeateds are not power 5 teams.

I would actually say this is showing better parity, as more teams are able to at least be close to the best teams and not get blown out. This is not because of the playoffs, but rather because of all the money and TV focus that just about every team is getting. Even small insignificant schools get huge dollar signs from TV deals, so they can afford good staff and facilities. And players are getting more interested in where they can play now and make an impact now, since that will get them the best chance at going to the NFL.

Remember RG3 went to Baylor, who had not had a meaningful season in something like a decade. He raised that program and made it interesting and got major points for that. People (both fans and, rather incorrectly, NFL team managers) don't want to see the good, smart, solid QB that can win with a great RB and OL. They would rather see the QB that make something from nothing. That can dance around and when it looks like all hope is lost, they pull something out of their butt and throw a 60 yard TD pass (see Johnny Football).
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12/14/2015 2:56:57 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
At 11/10/2015 3:33:02 AM, Ore_Ele wrote:
At 11/8/2015 6:41:45 PM, birdlandmemories wrote:
Okay, I know the playoff was the right thing to go towards, but it just seems like there is less parity with the playoff.

.

Yesterday Nebraska upset Michigan State. That was only the 3rd win by an unranked team over a top 10 team. TCU won by a combined 10 points over Texas Tech and Kansas State, Florida has won 3 games over unranked teams by 5 points or less, Oklahoma State has had 3 games against unranked teams won by a touchdown or less, Ohio State won by only a touchdown against Indiana and Northern Ilinois...

Basically what this shows is that the upsets just aren't happening this year. The favorites are winning by 7 points or less each week. There have been way less upsets this year than in years past. Not to mention at this point there are 6 undefeated teams currently... compare that to 3 last year.

Well, the Big 12 has back loaded its schedule, so the 3 undefeateds that they had will all play each other.. You also should realize that 3 of the remaining undefeateds are not power 5 teams.

I would actually say this is showing better parity, as more teams are able to at least be close to the best teams and not get blown out. This is not because of the playoffs, but rather because of all the money and TV focus that just about every team is getting. Even small insignificant schools get huge dollar signs from TV deals, so they can afford good staff and facilities. And players are getting more interested in where they can play now and make an impact now, since that will get them the best chance at going to the NFL.

Remember RG3 went to Baylor, who had not had a meaningful season in something like a decade. He raised that program and made it interesting and got major points for that. People (both fans and, rather incorrectly, NFL team managers) don't want to see the good, smart, solid QB that can win with a great RB and OL. They would rather see the QB that make something from nothing. That can dance around and when it looks like all hope is lost, they pull something out of their butt and throw a 60 yard TD pass (see Johnny Football).

I think it's become more competitive. Oklahoma resurges here and there but in several years recently, the Sooners have been shown up by Oklahoma State, TCU, and Baylor, until a new resurgence this year. Mississippi State and Ole Miss were a sniff away from playing for the SEC Chsmpionship last year. Missouri won the SEC East twice. Whouda thunk it? Clemson finally took over the throne that FSU had a stranglehold on. Ohio State looked masterful, but Michigan State and Iowa stole much of their sunshine this year. Normally juggernaut Oregon, is invisible this year. USC was shone up by Stanford in the end.
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12/14/2015 3:05:06 PM
Posted: 11 months ago
I think it just cycles. Nebraska and Colorado used to be juggernauts. They have both fallen off the face of the Earth. Florida State disappeared for a spell but is back as of late. Once juggernaut Miami has lost its way. Oklahoma vanished in the 90's. After beating Miami for the national title, Alabama spiraled into mediocrity. USC was a juggernaut, disappeared for a long while, resurged under Carol, then pulled back intoediocrity with NCAA violations. Stanford was average and so was Oregon for many years, then a resurrgence. Baylor was horrible and now has a completely different identity. Michigan used to be imposing. Then back into mediocrity. Penn State used to be feared. Now back to mediocrity. Florida State ruled the ACC for decades, then disappeared, then found a national title seemingly from nowhere. Oklahoma looked very average last year. Now they are a completely different team, won the Big 12, and are in the playoff. Texas won the national title and played for another against Alabama. Where are they now? It just cycles.