#006: The Big Time.

Powerhouse:
an entity having great power: such as
a: one having great drive, energy, or ability • // a powerhouse rock band
b: an athletic team characterized by strong aggressive play
c: group of people or an organization that has a lot of power
noun | pow·​er·​house | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌhau̇s  \ | example sentence: “Alabama and Ohio State are the ultimate powerhouses in College Football, along with the Clemson Tigers.” 

Two historic powerhouses clash tonight in the College Football Playoff National Championship. When the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and The(e) third-ranked Ohio State University Buckeyes take the field, we’ll be watching the next influx of top-end talent that will drive football card collectors, investors and fans crazy over the next five years. 

From highly-touted quarterback Justin Fields leading Ohio State, to Heisman Trophy winner and projected top three pick DeVonta Smith the ‘Bama wideout catching bombs from star QB Mac Jones, the CFP will culminate with a bang and feature a litter of prospects that will make up the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29th. 

Don’t believe us? Look at the Titans’ Derrick Henry - the Tide alum who ran for over 2,000 yards this year, becoming the first player since Adrian Peterson to accomplish that feat. Or Michael Thomas, the Buckeyes WR who broke an all-time NFL single-season record for receptions with the Saints the year before that.

Or Ezekiel Elliott who ran for over 750 yards in OSU’s three biggest games that brought them the national title in 2015 - the highest paid running back in the NFL for a reason. When he’s blocking, many a times it’s so the Cowboys can target former Alabama star Amari Cooper or maybe to stop one of the Bosa brothers coming off the edge like they did at Ohio State. He’d have a tough time stopping the number one overall pick / Buckeyes alum Chase Young... but who wouldn’t?

From Jerry Jeudy to Jalen Hurts to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Alabama defines powerhouse in college football. And we didn’t even get to the apple of many football investors’ eye... Tua Tagovailoa.

A Forbes article from 2019 captures why these powerhouse program coaches can consistently track in the top 10 highest-paid coaches in all of sports: 

Creating value is not limited to the pros. Success on the college level in football often leads to increased applicants and alumni donations. Alabama and Clemson have split the last four college football national championships. Their coaches, Nick Saban and Dabo Sweeney, are brand names in college football and more important than the players the way the system is set up. 

(Badenhausen, 2021)

It is one of the reasons former coach Urban Meyer is getting a strong look for Jacksonville’s HC vacancy and why Nick Saban is the highest-paid coach in college athletics, but still “the best investment this university has ever made.”

These two storied programs face off tonight but have been battling for supremacy for much longer than that. Shaun Alexander, Cris Carter, Joe Namath, Archie Manning, and Bart Starr can attest.

Clemson’s Deshaun Watsons, Dabo Swinneys, Trevor Lawrences and DeAndre Hopkins of the world might have something to say about it. 

 

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Sources:

  • “Powerhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerhouse. Accessed 11 Jan. 2021.
  • Badenhausen, K. (2021). The 20 Highest-Paid Coaches In American Sports 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2019/12/05/the-20-highest-paid-coaches-in-american-sports/?sh=6328d23a4fae