After reading the latest Mark Bradley opinion piece, “The BCS blows it again”, I’m reminded once again how dishonest some of the folks in favor of junking the BCS for a playoff can be in making their case.
In Mark’s world, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s Michigan or Florida playing Ohio State, because the real crime is that “(w)e’ll never know if Michigan is actually superior to the Gators…” And, just as horribly, “(w)e’ll never know if Michigan could have taken Ohio State on a neutral field, or if Louisville or even Boise State could have pulled a George Mason in Glendale…”
And that, of course leads to the inevitable conclusion:
There needs to be a playoff, but there will never be a playoff.
Except, wait a minute: the only way we could know whether Michigan or Florida is the superior team is if they played each other. And since he wants to know what Michigan and Ohio State could do on a neutral field, I guess that means he wants some kind of playoff that drives #2 and #3 to play each other before facing #1. And I suppose he wants #12 to have some kind of shot to take on Ohio State, too.
I wasn’t that great in math, but how in the hell do you set all of that up? If you say with a 16-team playoff, how do you guarantee the matchups that ol’ Mark wants?
The simple answer, of course, is that you can’t. And that’s the problem that playoff advocates like Bradley gloss over. For all the bitching about Florida and Michigan this year, the simple matter is that Ohio State deserves to play for the MNC, no ifs, ands or buts, and any playoff format that requires the Buckeyes to audition for the final game by playing another team first necessarily diminishes what OSU has already accomplished. That’s not right.
The BCS blows it again? Something blows, for sure…