The Pacific-12 Conference is called the Conference of Champions, due to the overwhelming number of official NCAA titles collected by its member institutions over the decades. As the official record shows, “As of June 28, 2018, Pac-12 members have won 513 NCAA national championships, which is 215 more than the next closest conference, the Big Ten.”

Of course, this does not include any football championships, since the NCAA does not sanction those: “Various polls, formulas, and other third-party systems have been used to determine [football] national championships, not all of which are universally accepted.”

The College Football Playoff is just another laughable attempt to legitimize something that cannot be legitimized until it is transparent and actually “official” in the eyes of the NCAA. As we have been posting for months now, every other division of NCAA football has a 16-team tournament, so why not the Football Bowl Subdivision, too? What is college football afraid of in going to a wide-open tournament?

Ask yourself that question, every day, and then remember where the money comes from—and where it goes, especially today when the CFP announces its contrived Final Four which is probably going to leave out two Power 5 conference champions and a team that has now won 25-straight games over the last two seasons.

How can that be considered legitimate by anyone? It cannot, period. The Power 5 conferences split the money up among themselves, of course, while tossing a bone to the other conferences. The NCAA lost control of this financial behemoth in the 1980s, thanks to a Supreme Court decision most people have never heard of (NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma).

Until people stop watching the charade—like they did in 2011 with the contrived Bowl Championship Series “title game” between Alabama and LSU—nothing will change. Keep this in mind when the CFP does not pick Central Florida, a team that has now completed two consecutive seasons without a loss, for its “championship tournament” this year.

Football is the most American of all sports, but college football could not be less American in the way it decides a “champion” … and those who continue to promote such a charade all have a vested interest in keeping the control of the process, whether than be fans of schools that benefit from the CFP’s mockery of opportunity or the TV networks that get to broadcast the games to millions of sucker fans.