Yeah, Alabama Crimson Tide finished their 2018 season by getting rolled on thanks to the Clemson Tigers. That doesn’t change the fact that the Tide has won five of the last 10 national championships under Nick Saban and are only getting better.
However, many people in college football claim the Crimson Tide’s historic run is actually bad for business. It’s interesting that they would say that because if you look at the recent dynasties over the years, they haven’t ruined their sport at all.
No one says the Golden State Warriors ruined NBA basketball because of their recent success. In fact, the sport is more popular than ever and ratings are up.
No one said that the New England Patriots have ruined the NFL with their run. The NFL, despite their problems, is the most popular sport in the country, and it hasn’t slowed them down one bit.
Women’s basketball hasn’t died because of the historic dynasties of the UConn Huskies and Tennessee Volunteers. In fact, college basketball is historically carried by dominating teams going on long runs of excellence.
So, what’s the difference this time with Alabama? It’s not just Alabama’s dominance of the sport, it’s the SEC’s dominance as well. Florida, Auburn, LSU, and as far back as Tennessee 20 years ago, all have won national championships during that time.
The outdated BCS system was demolished because of the rematch of Alabama and LSU in 2012. Some thought that with the playoff format that it would slow down Alabama and the SEC, but it’s actually done the opposite.
Alabama has made the College Football Playoff every year since it was started, including an all-SEC final when Georgia and Alabama played for the national championship in 2018, and it seems like a matter of time before the Bulldogs win their first championship under Kirby Smart.
So what’s the solution? Some suggest teams just need to step up their game and stop complaining.
Programs like Clemson haven’t complained — they just got better. They went out and recruited quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, got better players on defense, and went undefeated during the 2018 college football season.
The only thing Alabama is really ruining is the chatter that their dynasty is ending soon because at this rate, it’s just getting started.