CFP National Championship Game (open thread)

Submitted by Mr. Yost on January 9th, 2017 at 6:32 PM

Monday, January 9


8:00 PM ESPN
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

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January 9th, 2017 at 7:21 PM ^

think (though I could be wrong), ratings are determined by how many households/individuals watch specific timed intervals during the game. If you take both east and west coast, no question more people would watch the whole game on a weekend, but more people than that will watch a portion of it tonight.


January 9th, 2017 at 8:17 PM ^

Well, the Super Bowl and Game 7 of the NBA Finals are on Sunday evenings.  That gives us a good idea of the most lucrative timeslot in the week for televised sports.  

For college football, the question is Saturday vs. Monday, since they won't play Sunday.  I would think Saturday would do better.  I'm not convinced the CFP braintrust is sound in its judgment on this; these guys have scheduled semifinals on New Year's Eve, after all.

(And of course there's the issue of the players on both teams missing class today and probably tomorrow because of this game.)





January 9th, 2017 at 8:42 PM ^

Friday is better than Monday in terms of allowing people to stay up late, but you still have the problem (as with all weekdays) that a lot of people on the West Coast might still be at work, or leaving it, when the game starts.   Saturday avoids that.


UM Fan from Sydney

January 9th, 2017 at 8:41 PM ^

Or the NCAA could, for once, say "fuck the shitty, overrated as hell NFL," and play their title game on Saturday night. The NFL wild card round is almost always dog shit. I can guarantee everyone that more people would prefer to watch the NCAA title game instead of awful NFL round one games.


January 9th, 2017 at 7:00 PM ^

I've wondered the same and have assumed it's because they don't want to compete with the NFL Playoffs.

At the same time, I'm sure as hell not staying up for a game in which I want neither team to win. If it was a Wednesday or Thursday, probably. But I'm not making myself tired all week for this game.

Everyone Murders

January 9th, 2017 at 6:38 PM ^

I'm amazed this went up at a very reasonable time - props to the OP.  Back in the day, this would have gone up as the "Official College Football National Championship Thread" at about 7:30 a.m. this morning!

Pinching my nose and pulling for Clemson.

Everyone Murders

January 9th, 2017 at 7:01 PM ^

I'd like a game that makes the M00N look like a work of art.  One that makes Michigan - Iowa 2016 look like a masterpiece.  I'd love for it to be a sludgefest.

And I'd like the game to be decided on a bad call.  Nay, a series of horrendous calls, where on the final series players are held without flags, a fourth and one is called on an egregious spot, and the game is won by Clemson on a catch that clearly was a bobble then a drop.

And after all the noncalls, I'd like the announcers and the ref to say after the game that "they wanted to let the players decide the game, not the officals."  Because, you know, letting players hold and so forth is "letting the players decide the game".

And afterward, I want it to come out that the ref used be Swinney's childhood best friend and that he owes Swinney money.


January 9th, 2017 at 7:53 PM ^

But no matter how ugly, in the long run it just becomes remembered by most people as a championship.  Only hardcore fans of the losing team (or rivals) will remember the officiating.  

How many people still remember that OSU won the 2002 national title after a ref made a really late, questionable pass interference call flag on 4th down in overtime to keep their drive alive?


Mr. Yost

January 9th, 2017 at 6:40 PM ^

I've enjoyed watching the coaches comment on the game back when Speilman would host it. I may check it out for a little bit this year - as long as Mack Brown isn't leading the coversation with the coaches from around the country.

Mr. Yost

January 9th, 2017 at 6:43 PM ^

I was going to say "Clemson bout to get in that ass!"

...then I realized, that probably doesn't work for the Tigers anymore.

Nonetheless, I got Clemson in this one. I think they bottle of Jalen Hurts and I don't trust Sark whatsoever.

Clemson 20
Alabama 13


January 9th, 2017 at 7:24 PM ^

Well then.  You've hereby created a problem for me.  I'm locked into my comment about this not being the official thread by your deletion of the other.  So I'd like to take this moment to say I love this thread and may it live forever!



JWG Wolverine

January 9th, 2017 at 7:26 PM ^

Hate to be a complainer but...

I really dont want to use the computer during the game. I wish the app was working. Using the site on my phone is so annoying.

Just shows how valuable that app is. We all kind of take it for granted.


January 9th, 2017 at 7:39 PM ^

This is one of those games that you root for the lesser of two evils.

They are both the same Evil in my book , so i wont watch since I dont want either to win .

Darker Blue

January 9th, 2017 at 7:39 PM ^

I honestly don't think I'm going to even watch it, although I hope Clemson can beat the Alabama fightin Alabamans. 

I've been replaying Final Fantasy 7 for the first time in many years and I'm having tons of fun with it. Probably going to do that instead.