After Alabama snuffed out THE Ohio State University for yet another National Championship, the internet and the TV talking heads had a question: Is Alabama being so great bad for college football?
Uhh, I’m gonna have to vehemently disagree. Time for a good ol’ Nick (Millis) investigation. Let’s compare the NFL and college football during Nick Saban’s run at Alabama. The first five years were still the BCS, with the remaining years being the College Football Playoff.
2009-10: Alabama, Texas
2010-11: Auburn, Oregon
2011-12: Alabama, LSU
2012-13: Alabama, Notre Dame
2013-14: Florida State, Auburn
2014-15: Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State
2015-16: Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State, Oklahoma
2016-17: Alabama, Clemson, Washington, Ohio State
2017-18: Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama
2018-19: Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame
2019-20: LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma
2020-21: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame
Wow, what a bunch of words. Over the last 12 seasons, there have been 13 teams that could’ve won the National Champiosnhip. The breakdown is as follows:
Alabama (9), Clemson (6), Ohio State (4), Oklahoma (4), Notre Dame (3), Auburn (2), Oregon (2), LSU (2), Florida State (2), Michigan State, Washington, Georgia, Texas
Uff da, that’s a lot of Bama. Let’s look at just the College Football Playoff years. In those seven seasons, we had 11 teams:
Alabama (6), Clemson (6), Oklahoma (4), Ohio State (4), Notre Dame (2), Oregon, Florida State, Michigan State, Washington, Georgia, LSU
OK, maybe this isn’t going as I planned. But I still need to look at the NFL. To make it fair, I just used the Super Bowl for the first five years, and the Conference Championships for the rest.
2009-10: Colts, Saints
2010-11: Steelers, Packers
2011-12: Patriots, Giants
2012-13: Ravens, 49ers
2013-14: Broncos, Seahawks
2014-15: Patriots, Colts, Seahawks, Packers
2015-16: Broncos, Patriots, Panthers, Cardinals
2016-17: Patriots, Steelers, Falcons, Packers
2017-18: Patriots, Jaguars, Eagles, Vikings
2018-19: Patriots, Chiefs, Rams, Saints
2019-20: Chiefs, Titans, 49ers, Packers
2020-21: Chiefs, Bills, Packers, Buccaneers
More words. There were 21, count em, 21 teams. A list:
Patriots (6), Packers (5), Chiefs (3), Colts (2), Saints (2), Steelers (2), Seahawks (2), Broncos (2), 49ers (2), Giants, Ravens, Panthers, Cardinals, Falcons, Jaguars, Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Titans, Bills, Buccaneers
For the same time period as the College Football Playoffs, there were 19 teams in the NFL:
Patriots (5), Packers (4), Chiefs (3), Colts, Seahawks, Broncos, Panthers, Cardinals, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars, Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints, Titans, 49ers, Bills, Buccaneers
The word “Alabama” shows up more than a lot of the other words listed here. That doesn’t really support my belief that this is all bull shit. Or does it?
Tom Brady, that crazy son of a bitch, is out here playing for championships damn near every year. Were Tom and the Patriots bad for the NFL? They can fuck right off, but no they weren’t bad for the league. Is Aaron Rodgers bad for the NFL?
Obviously not (legend). Alabama isn’t the problem. Ohio State and Oklahoma and Notre Dame and all of these other wannabes are the problem. They get a chance damn near as much as the Tide and can’t even put up a fight. At least Clemson can take it a few rounds. Clearly it’s high time we get the Badgers involved in the Playoffs.
In summation, Go Pack Go.