Why the NFL Beats College Football
We can all appreciate the talent that was displayed in tonight's showdown versus the top two teams in college football, let alone an equally amazing game being played between Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
But even with all the hype that surrounded these games, and the execution by both teams, the NFL is simply better.
My first reason is Alabama is clearly one of the nation's best teams, but only because they lost on the final play in overtime to the No. 2 team in the country, they have a great chance of not being in the championship game.
Let's go to last year's NFL season. The Packers were a team that caught fire late in the season, and all because Matt Dodge couldn't punt the football out of bounds, the Packers make the playoffs through an unlikely chain of events. They were indeed able to prove their late season dominance, as they went on to win the Super Bowl.
Alabama is a team that has played extraordinarily throughout the season, and will probably not have the chance to prove themselves.
Last week, the Rams took down the Saints—a winless team coming to play beating one of the best quarterbacks in the gam and a tough Saints team.
What's the biggest college football upset you remember? Appalchian State over Michigan? Texas Tech over Texas? How rare are they? I can't deny it is fun and exciting when they do win, plus you can't top the atmosphere when a crowd storms the field. But the thing is, you can count on a game as exciting as that every week in the NFL.
Think about Kansas City on Monday Night Football, coming back to beat a favored Chargers team. Think about the Bills getting three picks off the best quarterback of the past decade. Think about the "Dream Team" going 1-4. If I told you three years ago that Detroit, Buffalo and San Francisco would be playoff contenders in 2011-12, would you believe me? No.
The point is, the NFL is completely unpredictable. There is a reason Lee Corso is correct almost 68 percent of the time. If there were as big as a show as College Gameday for the NFL, I'm sure no one would be over 60 percent.
How many good matchups are there in college football a week, that don't involve crappy programs it conferences you've never heard of? Two? Three? Four is pushing it. Every week in the NFL, there are at least four or five guaranteed good matchups.
The point of this article is that going into Saturday you can hope for that one huge upset, or game-winning drive, but going into Sunday you wish you had NFL Red Zone so you could be watching every game at once.
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