After the Alabama Crimson Tide’s dismantling of the LSU Tigers, 29-0, there were two things college football fans talked about Saturday night: How good ‘Bama looked, and how ‘Bama is ruining college football by being so dominate.
Publications such as Bleacher Report thinks the Crimson Tide’s historic run is bad for business.
This was their take:
“Bama improved to 9-0 and clinched the SEC West. The Tide won their eighth straight meeting in the series, a stretch that features three shutouts—including two straight in Baton Rouge.
“All this happened against the No. 3 team in the nation. Aren’t we bored?” — Bleacher Report
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 run has ruined basketball because of their recent success in the NBA. In fact, the sport is more popular than ever and ratings are up.
No one has 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 UConn Huskies and Tennessee Volunteers when women’s basketball has actually improved because of these runs.
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 BCS 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 hasn’t.
Alabama has made the College Football Playoff every year since it was started, and last year Georgia and Alabama played for the national championship, and it is just 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.
Teams like Clemson haven’t complained — they just got better. They went out and recruited a passing quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, got better players on defense, and they are undefeated so far in 2018. What’s going to make it worse for college football fans is if Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney decides to go home to Alabama to coach his alma mater when Nick Saban does retire.
The only thing Alabama is really ruining is the potential thought that their dynasty will come to an end anytime soon.