As we wrap up the bowl season and look forward to the final College Football game of the year, we thought this was an ideal time to examine some of the most interesting storylines of the College Football post season, including the future of bowl games from a financial perspective and the issue of players skipping their team’s final game.
- Bowl game attendance saw a sharp decline in 2016, perhaps due to the introduction of the College Football Playoff system and the ever-expanding list of bowl games. Despite this, media contracts negotiated for the new college football playoff system continue to make bowl games and the college football post season a very profitable endeavor.
- The four College Football Playoff semifinal teams are some of the most active in the country in terms of social media, writes Mark Burns for Sport Techie. Washington, Ohio State, Clemson, and Alabama not only utilized a number of social platforms such as Facebook Live and Periscope in 2016, but also partnered with cutting edge technology companies like Catapult (for wearables) and Aurasma (for augmented reality). Our favorite, however? Ohio State’s decision to let their players wear Snapchat Spectacles prior to the Fiesta Bowl to give fans even deeper access.
- For the first time ever, two high-profile college players — both expected to be first round draft picks — opted out of playing in a bowl game to preserve their health and begin preparing for the draft. While there was some backlash against Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette, most commentators tended to side with the players’ right to decide what’s in their best interest.
- And, finally, Rodger Sherman of the Ringer published a summary piece on the College Football Playoff semifinals, touching on how fortunate we are to have a rematch of last year’s championship game as well as some of the other major story lines as the bowl season wraps up.