On Saturday, the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups will finally take place. Although the national championship game is still more than two week away, the NCAA has revealed that Pac-12 referees will call the game.
Big Ten and Big 12 referees have officiated recent championship games, but now the Pac-12, which has struggled to make the Playoff in recent years, will get its chance.
As you’d expect, there aren’t many fans pleased with this news. Pac-12 referees have made a number of mistakes this season, including a critical mistake between Washington State and California that resulted in a referee being suspended.
The Pac-12 also received criticism for an inexcusable mistake that cost Ole Miss a chance at sending the game against Cal in overtime.
Since the national championship game will be watched by millions, it’s imperative that Pac-12 officials are sharp on Jan. 13.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports was first to share the news about the officials for the College Football Playoff.
Pac-12 officials will work the CFP championship game.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 27, 2019
Hopefully, the national title game isn’t negatively affected by the officiating crew.
This year’s national championship game will feature the winner of the LSU-Oklahoma game taking on the winner of the Clemson-Ohio State showdown.
Kickoff for the CFP national championship is at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.