What makes a game an instant classic? Personally, I think it takes two powerhouses meeting in a winner take all situation. Or a situation where one team's total dominance overshadows any other team's success which is what we were presented with in last night's college football championship game. Despite how talented Clemson showed they were all year, in the back of every college football fan's heads was the same thought..."yeah Clemson's good but can they beat Alabama?"
Alabama's head coach Nick Saban has been so successful that Las Vegas had them at least a touchdown favorite against any opponent they faced in the championship and this was before the playoff teams were set. What makes any game a "classic" is living up to the hype more than anything else, and a tremendous upset also helps.
At times last night it seemed like the 2007 Fiesta Bowl where Boise State upset huge favorite Oklahoma with a series of trick plays. According to Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator, when the ball was on the Alabama 2 yard line Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said, "Hey boys, if you want to be champ you've got to win it."
With six seconds left, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson threw a game winning touchdown to Hunter Renfrow to stun Alabama 35-31 in what many were calling an instant classic before the game was finished. The game winning touchdown certainly helps.
Now that the National Title game is over the next debate will be discussed a lot more. A new trend is starting with "star" players on college football teams not playing in the bowl games not due to injuries but because of personal reasons.
Christian McCaffrey the star running back for Stanford sat out the Sun Bowl to focus on the 2017 NFL Draft. The Stanford fans were uh lets say a little angry. Next we saw Lenoard Fournette sit out the Citrus Bowl and LSU fans were in an uproar. Then Fournette tweeted a picture of him posing with his two year old daughter Lyric with a caption saying "only person I owe something too".
I actually agree with the players who are insuring their futures. The NCAA and college football are making billions off of these guys and you can't have if both ways NCAA. If you don't want to pay them and sorry a free scholarship at a school where you have to buy your own jersey with your name on it and can't earn a dollar...is not payment enough when your bringing in such revenue. So I think we see this trend continue next year. Why risk injury in a meaningless bowl game when you have potentially millions of dollars a couple of months away?