Since these things (changes in the sport) can be pretty fast-paced once the initial dragging of feet is overcome (and it has been), and the court of public opinion can only do so much (it is very hard to be heard, I hear), I decided to go ahead and throw my full support behind the only idea in this whole thing that makes sense (and makes any of us truly excited):
College football playoff games being played on college campuses.
The Eyeblack Odyssey taught me many things about myself and about the sport of college football, but really one of the only things that wasn’t a surprise in the whole affair was how special, amazing, and all-in-all awesome each individual campus stadium experience was. And to go along with that, how boring, mundane, and mostly sterile each ginormous pro stadium was by comparison.
I’m not going to be silly and say semifinal games will suck in any capacity, because honestly, it’s been like pulling teeth to get everyone to agree to those in the first place, and some fans will show up regardless. But if we’re talking a game at the Horseshoe in front of 100,000 in the snow under the lights versus the same thing going on in some arbitrary location like Los Angeles, I know what I’m picking. And I think a LOT of people feel the same way.
So if you like this idea of college playoff games in college stadiums, join my newly formed page on Facebook.
And if you aren’t convinced, think of it like this: You’re an LSU fan and your team just won the SEC West as the No. 1 team in the country. So now you get to fly/drive to Atlanta for the ACC Championship Game, a couple of weeks later go to some random place like Miami for a semifinal game, and then a week later, go to some other random place like Arizona for the National Championship. Or you can throw in Baton Rouge for the second game. This makes it a WEE bit easier to catch all three games, does it not? It gives you home-field advantage, does it not? It gives Baton Rouge a national stage the likes of which it will never get anywhere, does it not?
Yes. Yes, indeed.
Let’s see this through, folks.