When you put it that way…

Matt Hinton finishes his suggestion list for how to put a plus-one together with this inspiring passage:

… And just as it’s about to grow from two teams to four, eventually that system will grow to six teams, then to eight, then to ten or twelve, the priorities and logistics expanding each time. At some point, it will probably be bigger and more inclusive than I’d like, and I’ll find myself leading the chorus of complaints about a “hot” team with three or four losses that never deserved to make the cut in the first place. At every point there will be teams on the wrong side of the cutoff that have a legitimate complaint about being left out. That will never change. But whatever the bracket looks like, and whatever the new complaints that come along with it, it’s still a step forward from the debacle that’s ruled the sport for the last 15 years.

I mean, who doesn’t feel his or her heart sing reading that?

I guess my problem is that I can’t sign on to the BCS hate the way many can.  It’s certainly got its warts (insert Auburn 2004 reference here) and can stand improvement, but “the debacle that’s ruled the sport for the last 15 years”?  At its lowest moment, the BCS has delivered something better than BYU, your 1984 national champion.  At least the Bowl Alliance and the BCS have moved the sport in the direction of a meaningful title game without screwing everything else up that we like about college football.  It’s not as if we’ve ever stopped caring.

Compare that with what we’re about to get now:  endless refinement of a theme, endless pursuit of that last postseason dollar that doesn’t impact the regular season revenue stream, endless bitching about the team that didn’t get in… all so that we can end up whining about the hot team winning the title.

I can’t wait.

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12 responses to “When you put it that way…

  1. Nate Dawg

    Beat fla. Beat tech. Beat tenn. Beat the barn (if they let us play them). As this “playoff” approach unfolds, that’ll be what I hold on to. When they start changing that (as they very well could) that’s what may make my interest go away – and that’s a bit frightening.

  2. Go Dawgs!

    I’m not a big BCS hater, but I do know that the 2002 Georgia Bulldogs would have won the national championship if there had been even a 4-team playoff that year. I love the bowls and I guess I feel sort of apathetic about a playoff. I’m not going to lead the charge against it, but I’m not going to argue to save the BCS, either. 2004 Auburn… Boise State… 2003 Southern Cal… there are a lot of teams that have had claims to a shot at a title and they haven’t gotten it. And then you’ve got teams like the Oklahoma squad that didn’t even win the Big 12 South and then got blown out in the big game. The BCS has screwed up a few times along the way.

    • retwely

      A few nitpicks: in the 03 season (Jan 04 BCS game) Oklahoma won the Big 12 South but lost to K-State in their conference title game. They were clearly inferior to LSU in the title game but definitely weren’t blown out, score was 21-14.

      In the 04 season they got in over what was probably a better Auburn team and got waxed by USC’s asterisk team in Miami.

  3. Connor

    It’s beyond obvious that the only “solution” to the problems presented by any playoff is to expand it. You cannot put the genie back in the bottle. With that in mind, you have to look at any proposal for a 4 team playoff as open season on a 24 teams playoff.
    I really like Hinton, and read his blog regularly, but that particluar post was depressing. There are so many obvious land mines in what he proposes, it’s almost like he wants the 4 team version to be as objectional as possible to ensure the 6 or 8 that comes after it.

  4. Doug

    In my mind, the hierarchy goes like this:

    BCS < playoff <<<<<<< just going back to whatever we had before the Bowl Coalition and everybody f&%$ing dealing with it.

  5. Spence

    Playoffs are like big government.

  6. AusDawg85

    I’m a coach making millions. If I don’t make the BCS, my contract is at risk. If I make a 24 team “playoff”, my contract keeps getting increased and renewed. Same for AD’s. Same for Commissioner’s whose conference teams get in the playoffs. Really…where do you think this is going?

  7. Raleigh St. Clair

    I don’t see how whining in one system is effectively different than whining in a new system.

    The BCS was increasingly boring and sterile for any number of reasons, which people whined about.

    A playoff will spawn a new universe of whining, which could go in any number of directions.

    In the end, the postseason won’t kill the regular season – conference expansion will. College football will die a little bit for people like me when the first UGA schedule is announced that doesn’t include a November matchup against Auburn.

  8. Cojones

    Is that sorta like LSU and Bama this year, Senator?

    By the way, I have an overall gripe that hasn’t presented the right opportunity. So I’ll make one. Could everyone quit referring to LSU and Bama and their coaches as the zenith of football loredom? It was sickening when ESPN did it and the absorption of the hype by some fans when comparing coaches and programs still is a mindsore. Richt’s record against those teams is good, not lagging behind theirs. We still haven’t gotten over the blackout game with Bama because everyone forgets the second half. Many forget the wins in Tuscaloosa and the overtime win by Stafford when comparing programs and coaches. They forget the times in recent past when we have stuffed LSU and Miles. They panic and act as if the uber teams that played for the NC are tantamount to a dynasty. The teams and coaching philosophies change from year to year and teams rise and fall in that milieu (like Aub in the last two years). Evry year is different and the incessant comparing to those coaches and programs is old and played out.

    Get on the Georgia bus or get off, but quit trying to deflate the tires.

  9. Cojones

    My math for playoffs remains the same. Two teams playing the winner of two teams make the spread go from to 4 to 8 to 16. The tweener numbers conjure up many more arguments than going for a 16 team playoff right off the bat. Eight of the largest bowl games would be the starting point with the 8-teams winning going forward to eliminate to the NC. That means the bowl games could change as to significance of teams selected anf three more game levels can give a conscensus NC. That presents the fire needed to beat the metal into a winner that would be conscensus.

  10. Always Someone Else's Fault

    I’m with Senator on this one. Playoffs don’t solve the problem. The post-season problem is the same problem we’re seeing in conference expansion. The conferences see the cable companies as their primary customer now, and as long as that mind-set continues to guide the decision-making process, then CFB, including its post-season, is going down the tubes.

    Broadcasters are the ultimate in corporate-safe thinking: follow the proven formula, and you won’t lose the corner office. In this case, that means NFL – which I do not watch, because it has become boring. Corporate. Sanitized. Predictable. Yes, it makes more money than CFB. Yes, it gets higher ratings.

    But I cannot imagine anyone watching Georgia-Auburn hoping that Murray throws for 300 and Dyer runs for 150 so he can win his fantasy league. Nor can I imagine how a critical mass of fans like those are going to steer the game in a positive direction.