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Sport Michigan-Alabama game could foreshadow bleak future for bowls

02:10  14 december  2019
02:10  14 december  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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The 1999 Alabama Crimson Tide football team represented the University of Alabama in the 1999 college football season. The team was led by head coach Mike DuBose, who was in his third season with the program.

The 12-1, #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (champions of the SEC) took on the 12-1, #3 Michigan State Spartans (champions of the Big 10) in the College Football

Amid the first blurry hours of the new decade, Michigan will face Alabama in the Citrus Bowl. Before the season began, many of us would not have been surprised if this were one of the two College Football Playoff games, a matchup between the program with the most wins in college football history and the most dominant program of the past decade.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Nick Saban's Crimson Tide will play Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. But will all Alabama's stars in a game that doesn't have national title consequences?© John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Nick Saban's Crimson Tide will play Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. But will all Alabama's stars in a game that doesn't have national title consequences?

But this ... is not that. It is, instead, a second-tier amusement in the shadow of Disney World — a game between teams that slogged through seasons that would have been quite respectable if only the expectations hadn’t been so high. For Alabama fans spoiled by their team's success under Nick Saban, a 10-2 season is a “train wreck”; for Michigan fans yearning for a win over Ohio State, a 9-3 season is a total letdown. And now, instead of being defined by its rich history, this Citrus Bowl will likely be characterized by how it embodies college football’s future: an era where players seem more and more likely to skip games that are essentially meaningless.

AP Top 25: Alabama out of top 5 for first time in 4 years

  AP Top 25: Alabama out of top 5 for first time in 4 years Alabama dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five. The top four teams in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank were unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida and Baylor. The Crimson Tide lost to Auburn in a wild Iron Bowl on Saturday to give it two regular-season losses for the first time since 2010. The four-spot drop by Alabama broke a string of top-five appearances that began Nov. 8, 2015.

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You can change this preference below. 01/01/2000. Pro Player Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL). The 66th annual Orange Bowl . The #8 Michigan Wolverines (9-2) vs. the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2).

This especially holds true for the Crimson Tide, with a roster loaded full of NFL prospects, including pretty much its entire receiving corps. It is now conventional wisdom that there is absolutely no reason for anyone with a potential NFL future to risk their health in a bowl, meaning a mass of Alabama players, along with a handful of Michigan players, could wind up sitting out this game.

I get it.

I think athletes should be able to profit off their names and likenesses, and I’d like to see a reasonable path toward further compensation. That’s obviously the debate that’s going to frame the future of college sports heading into the 2020s. By the time we awake on New Year’s morning, dry-mouthed and full of regret, for the 2030 Citrus Bowl, I imagine college sports will look completely different than they do today. I’m not entirely confident, though, that the Citrus Bowl will exist in its current form by then.

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You're viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. Опубликовано: 30 нояб. 2013 г. Auburn returned a missed field goal 109 yards as time ran out to win the game . Incredible.

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Here’s the thing about college football: It was long defined by its lack of resolution. There was no official national championship game for most of its history; there was often no good way of determining a national champion at all except for the media to make its best guess and vote. That allowed the bowl system to continue to exist. And while it was weird and corrupt and sponsored by Poulan Weed-Eaters and run by aging men in garish sport coats, it also gave meaning to so many otherwise forgotten seasons. You went 7-5? Well, at least you get a Liberty Bowl bid as a reward.

It was a delusion, I know, because the vast majority of college football games — hell, the vast majority of competitions in pretty much every sport — don’t really mean anything. But now that the Playoff exists, it’s presented the notion that the sport’s framework was, well, weird and corrupt. That’s good, because players can finally break through the illusion of amateurism and push toward getting paid. It could also be bad, though, because the focus on the endgame could cheapen all the ritual that made college football unique in the first place.

Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings

  Ohio State stays No. 1, while Utah leads Oklahoma in College Football Playoff rankings Ohio State continued is hold on the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff ahead of LSU. Utah leads Oklahoma for the critical No. 5 position.There was change below the top four, however. Utah moves up one place to fifth with Alabama's loss to Auburn. The Utes are followed closely by Oklahoma and Baylor. Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State round out the top 10.

You can change this preference below. #5 Alabama vs #15 Auburn Highlights: Bama suffers HUGE loss in a wild 2019 Iron Bowl | CBS Sports - Продолжительность: 15:46 CBS Sports 1 116 029 просмотров.

The Alabama Crimson Tide football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the University of Alabama in the Western Division of the

Don’t believe me? It’s already happened in college basketball. The season now feels like an overlong slog leading into the NCAA Tournament, where one-and-done players have essentially turned the upper echelon of the sport into something that feels just as slimily transactional as it did when envelopes full of cash were being shipped via overnight mail in the 1980s.

Now, maybe you think that trade-off is worth it if it pushes college sports into a more equitable future for all those players who will sit out the Citrus Bowl. And for now, the television ratings and revenue for bowls are still oddly strong, mostly because there are those of us who will watch any college football game dangled in front of us.

But maybe we’re in a “bowl bubble.” This next decade is going to raise all sorts of questions about the future of the sport, and by the time it’s over, we may no longer be arguing about whether all these great players should be sitting out all these “meaningless” bowls. We may be asking: Why are we playing these meaningless games in the first place?

LSU top rusher Edwards-Helaire nursing injury as CFP nears .
LSU coach Ed Orgeron says running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire's status for the college football playoffs is uncertain following a hamstring injury in practice this week. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) grins after greeting fans following an NCAA football game Saturday against Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of three players from LSU’s high-powered offense to earn unanimous first-team all-SEC honors when The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team was announced Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

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