The early numbers don’t look great for the championship showdown Monday night between Alabama and Clemson.
Overnight television ratings were down for the teams’ semifinal victories and, by midweek, seats for the title game had dropped below $120 on the secondary market.
If fans feel a bit ho-hum about watching the No. 1 Crimson Tide against the No. 2 Tigers, it wouldn’t be surprising.
This is the fourth consecutive season the teams will meet in the College Football Playoffs and the third time they will play for the title. With both remaining undefeated week after week this fall, another rematch seemed inevitable.
But there might be another way to view Chapter 4...