The only thing that directly influences how much CFB I watch is availability: is it somehow available for me to watch/consume?
If every single CFB game were available for free on my TV, I would watch A TON. Start with my schools, then work my way outward: conference foes, conference title implications. From there, maybe some secondary schools and/or anything that plays into the national title chase. Maybe a generational talent that needs to be seen before moving onto the NFL. Reggie Bush was the reason I watched USC years ago.
That (100% availability) is hypothetical, obviously, and would never come to fruition.
Realignment plays into broadcasts availability. Basically, it has an indirect impact on how much I consume.
It’s going to a high priced cocktail party. Eventually even the eye candy gets boring.
As a college football fan I like the traditional rivalries. Those egg bowls are safe, but what about the civil war? The holy war happening in September was whack, but that game comes back into play if the utes and cougars end up in the big 12. Texas Texas A&M will be fun again. But the Apple Cup May go sideways too?
it’s like change for the sake of change. Or for the sake of tv. Even these earthquake moves are losing luster.
What college football needs to preserve is the perception of Access. In the English Premier League teams like Norwich City and Watford can work their way up to the top league with the perception of winning the EPL title. Reality is that City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Man United are going to routinely win this title. But they keep the towns supporting Stoke City, Fulham and Bournemouth filling the stadiums because of their perceived Access to the title. You don’t increase interest by deleting program’s access or perceived access.
Why even have conferences anymore? We should be playing Baylor Texas Tech Okie State and TCU more often. Conferences are beginning to choke the energy out of college football and the elimination of perceived access will kill it as we know it, for the time being.
Just keep on building and let the high priced cocktail party food fight carry on.