Fiesta Bowl officiating is getting hammered for first-half performance in CFP semifinal
The officiating crew at the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl between Michigan and TCU is getting roundly criticized after 2 quarters of play.
Jason Autrey and his crew, based in the SEC, are in Glendale for Saturday’s game between the Wolverines and Horned Frogs. There have been some interesting calls, including a Roman Wilson catch that was originally ruled a touchdown but was controversially overturned following video review after the Michigan wide receiver was apparently a little short of the goal line. To add insult to injury, the Wolverines fumbled it away to the Horned Frogs at the goal line.
A later call drew plenty more criticism as a TCU defender was whistled for roughing the passer on Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy. This was the play in question:
Roughing the passer call on TCU… That's a soft call imo. C'mon man. pic.twitter.com/I7FDYfRoXT
— 𝗙𝗢𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪 @𝗙𝗧𝗕𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱𝟳 (@FTBeard7) December 31, 2022
Michigan trails 21-6 as it looks to avoid a loss in the CFP semifinals for the 2nd straight season. Meanwhile, Autrey and his crew haven’t made too many friends thus far. They saw their performance panned by both media and college football fans on social media:
McCarthy's arm hit him on the follow-through. that's how close he was when JJ threw it.
Not the best game for the field or the officials so far
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) December 31, 2022
These officials are objectively terrible. #FiestaBowl
— David Zobel (@atlredsox) December 31, 2022
Between the BS overturned TD call on Michigan and the BS roughing the passer call on TCU, it is evident that whatever conference the #FiestaBowl officials are from did not send their best.
Better effort needed from the 3rd team on the field.
— Mitchell Blair (@mblairYQR) December 31, 2022
SEC officials on display at Fiesta Bowl
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 31, 2022
Let me guess..these are SEC Officials at the #FiestaBowl ?
— Daniel Butler (@68shooter) December 31, 2022
Officials got the text. "KEEP BLUE IN THE GAME". #FiestaBowl
— Coach Bryan (@DrB365) December 31, 2022
— Jake Keller (@jakekeller1213) December 31, 2022
That’s a soft roughing call. Officials are taking this Fiesta Bowl way too serious after too many bogus calls.
— Matthew Mihaleas (@MatthewMihaleas) December 31, 2022
Good to see the NFL sending their officials down for the Michigan TCU game #FiestaBowl
— Sexy Krampus (@jsbuttram) December 31, 2022
— WoggieMac (@WoggieMac) December 31, 2022
These were the officials chosen for the College Football Playoffs? Good lord we have a serious reffing problem in football. #FiestaBowl
— Drew Bryant (@BrewDryant) December 31, 2022
SEC refs having a rough day here. That's not roughing the passer.
— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo) December 31, 2022