Last night’s championship game between Alabama and Clemson drew a lower-than-anticipated 15.8 rating, and infamous radio host and known SEC critic Colin Cowherd has a theory as to why.
Speaking on his radio show this morning, Cowherd stated that the reason the game’s rating was what it was is simple: Americans are bored with Alabama winning year in and year out.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 12, 2016
Though many may not want to admit it, Cowherd is on to something. College football’s preseason discussion for the past five years has become very much “Who is Alabama going to beat this year,” even though the Crimson Tide lost to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinal last season, and the product has since become stale, though the playoff does add some unpredictability.
That said, though it’s not something we want to hear, Cowherd’s brutal honesty rings true. Alabama’s teams have become all about an average quarterback, a power running back and a hard-hitting front seven. Sure, Nick Saban is an excellent recruiter and Alabama’s success is a testament to that, but there’s a clear lack of parity in both the SEC and the rest of the country, and Cowherd is simply addressing that.
It may be hard to hear, but it’s true.