Nobody objected to the Coaches Poll being a part of the national title conversation more than me, but I’ll say one thing for it: at least the coaches made their last individual ballots public.
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Yeah, this is fun to think about…
The Stephen King scenario is this: undefeated Mississippi (1) and undefeated Mississippi State (2) play an epic Egg Bowl on Nov. 29, with the winner advancing to meet 11-1 Georgia (3) in the SEC championship game Dec. 6. Georgia wins that in another classic, and the SEC is sitting there with three one-loss teams that all would at least theoretically be ranked in every top four heading into Selection Sunday.
… but if you’ve got playoff fever, there’s a way to cure that bad boy. More brackets, of course.
With the news that Archie Manning is recusing himself from selection committee service for health reasons, the College Football Playoff folks announce they’ll muddle through the rest of the season with only a 12-member committee.
I can’t figure out if that’s a plus or a minus.
- Arkansas threw the ball 40 times in the Alabama game.
- Speaking of throwing, Cory Brinson broke down Hutson Mason’s game against Mizzou. (Hint: he likee.)
- Jimbo Fisher goes all in on Jameis Winston: “. . . There is not a victim because there was no crime. . .”
- And speaking of Winston, hoo boy.
- Coach Richt, on his evolution at head coach: “I’ve gotten to a point where I don’t do as much hands-on coaching as I used to. Mike Bobo and Pruitt are doing most of that now. I deal with more things during the game and in the week preceding the game.”
- Jerry Palm notes that the selection committee will continue the tradition of not taking margin of victory into account. Idiots.
- The descent of Jeff Driskel is a thing: “Right now, Jeff would probably start, but both will play.” The “probably” is an especially nice touch.
- Speaking of Boom, this is still a thing, too.
- Georgia moves up a whopping twelve spots, to ninth, in the latest F/+ rankings.
Another day, another buffet.
- Ole Miss has a fundraising campaign going to pay its SEC fine and for new goalposts.
- The next antitrust lawsuit over use of college athletes’ names and likenesses has been filed against nearly all of the national over-the-air and cable television networks that have significant live college sports programming; the five power conferences; and the nation’s two largest college-sports multi-media and marketing rights companies.
- Having to excuse subpar officiating in two conferences? Nobody said life would be easy, Steve Shaw.
- ESPN is confident it can spot the nation’s most deserving teams. (Mark May already knows that.)
- Can anything be sweeter than trolling a stupid Mike Bianchi column?
- What liberals get wrong about football.
- Another Georgia player keeps his cool in a downtown Athens bar.
At least we know they’ve got a good excuse to watch a lot of college football on TV.
I don’t know if this is a matter of semantics, or if these guys are serious about the distinction, but the selection committee continues its weekly mission of making me scratch my head.
In wide-ranging interviews with four committee members last week — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and former NCAA executive vice president Tom Jernstedt — none cared to compare conferences.
“At this point in the process, I don’t think in terms of conference strength,” Long said. “I think at the end of the day that’s something we’ll look back on and say [how relevant conference strength was.] … The balloting process we do will compare teams against each other and who they’ve played, and I think that’s less about conference than it is who they’ve played, even within a conference.”
“I don’t think there’s any need to make a judgment as to this conference is better than that conference,” he said. “You sit there and evaluate this team versus that team. Our obligation is to select the four best teams.”
If the SEC West plays out as the meat grinder it appears to be and those schools eat each other while continuing to destroy outside competition (no SEC West team has a loss outside the division yet), how is the strength of the conference not relevant to the selection committee’s deliberations?
Well, if the committee members are concerned about something other than spreading the wealth around to the power conferences, that is.