I ❤ Paul Rhoads. Sure, he may have coached at Auburn, but he left… and he makes sense with this:
“Once we open up this door, the flood gates open up to a certain level. As soon as you start four, there is going to be a group that will start pushing for eight. Then, they’ll start pushing for 16. We’re not going to be able to stop that,” said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. “And the more you do that, the more the bowls get weakened, the more the experience gets taken away from players, the less relevance you have to every Saturday.
“Every game is important, and game day in college football is second to none.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
He’s not alone in that sentiment. The results of an American Football Coaches Association survey show pretty overwhelming opposition to a college football playoff. (Although note that 9% of ‘em prefer a 24-school playoff, if it comes to that.) That makes for an interesting contrast with their basketball brethren, some of whom haven’t met a playoff large enough to suit them yet.
Folks at the bowls not considered top tier sound a little nervous, too. Even Mike Slive concedes they have some reason to worry.
While Slive said the intention is to enhance bowl exposure for league teams, even he can’t be positive it won’t have an opposite effect to some degree.
And that could have a domino effect. Depending on how the system is rearranged, many bowls might have to battle to stay relevant. Take the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, which since 2010 has had the third or fourth selection from the Pac-12 and fifth or sixth from the Big 12. That’s where the Champions Bowl and a four-team playoff could become factors.
If the Sugar or Fiesta Bowl — where the SEC and Big 12 champs currently go, respectively, if not in the BCS title game — become part of the playoff rotation or a permanent part of the new SEC-Big 12 agreement, how will that affect the selection process for other bowls tied to those conferences?
“It could (have a negative impact) but not necessarily,” Slive said. “It really depends a little bit more on how the BCS plays out.”
The general impression you get is that while they know what direction the car is pointed in (Wetzel: “The No. 1 reason that they’re expanding, and it’s the No. 1 reason anything changes in America, is money…”), nobody really can say for sure where it’s going to stop. Quite the business plan, no?