Power 5 AD calls out ESPN for making non-Playoff teams feel 'irrelevant'
The College Football Playoff has been a ratings bonanza since its inception. Yet, one Big 12 athletic director believes ESPN’s handling of the selection show left much to be desired.
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard was extremely critical of ESPN’s selection show this past Sunday, lamenting the fact that the Playoff teams were revealed ahead of the rest of the pack.
Pollard believes this is a slap to the face for the other programs across the nation.
“And we wonder why teams are opting out,” Pollard said in a tweet. “ESPN is making the rest of College Football irrelevant. We need to really take a hard look at this process in the off season.”
And we wonder why teams are opting out. ESPN is making the rest of College Football irrelevant. We need to really take a hard look at this process in the off season. https://t.co/15I9iBJjOY
— Jamie Pollard (@IASTATEAD) December 20, 2020
The CFP this season will have matchups between No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Notre Dame, and No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State, with the winners squaring off in the championship on Jan. 11 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
No. 10 Iowa State will face No. 25 Oregon in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2 (4 p.m. EST/ESPN). This is the first New Year’s Six bowl in program history for Iowa State, according to 247Sports.