Daily Archives: April 27, 2007

Rapture’s coming!

As much as it pains me to say it, I think that proponents of a playoff for D-1 football have good reason to be optimistic that it’s coming. The BCS powers that be didn’t make any moves this year, but it’s becoming apparent that there is some general sentiment building towards the implementation of a “plus-one” playoff formula.

The Fiesta Bowl president thinks so.

Mike Slive says they’ll talk about it next year.

Probably most important – the networks want it and are willing to pony up to get it.

Nevertheless, there are still plenty of issues to address.

Sure, it settles the 2003 and 2004 BCS “problems”. But it creates others. For example, check out Dennis Dodd’s playoff matchups from last season, using the “plus-one” set up:

Rose: USC vs. Ohio State
Fiesta: Oklahoma vs. Boise State
Orange: Wake Forest vs. Louisville
Chick-Fil-A in Atlanta (previously Sugar Bowl): Florida vs. Michigan
Cotton Bowl: LSU vs. Notre Dame

For the sake of argument, let’s say that Ohio State, Boise State and Florida all emerged victorious from their games. Is there any combination of two schools that would be selected for the national title game that wouldn’t prove controversial? So what’s been gained here with a “plus-one”, other than a different dispute?

I suspect that with a pool of ten that isn’t seeded and from which only one game emerges afterwards this wouldn’t be an infrequent occurrence. Which means that the “plus-one” won’t be stable enough to be a final solution.

Which means we’ll wind up with an extended playoff when the dust settles.



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Random notes from the dawgosphere

Paul Westerdawg and Ching link to an interview Mark Richt did with the Thomasville Times-Enterprise in which the coach freely discusses the link between his faith in God and the way he conducts the management of the program. I can’t help but be impressed by his sincerity, but I’d sure like to have seen Mike Bobo’s reaction to being told he was calling plays before the Tech game last year:

I called Mike in on the Thursday of the game and he had to call the game on Saturday. I told him, ‘I don’t care what happens in the game, but all I know is if I don’t have you take over, I’m in direct disobedience to the Lord.’

Speaking of Mr. Ching, he’s posted the story that Akeem Hebron was arrested for underage possession of alcohol. Again. No word about Hebron’s choice of bonding companies this time, though.

Back to Westerdawg: it looks like he’s come across two prime candidates for T. Boone Pickens’ master plan for revenue generation at Oklahoma State.

And Dawgbone links to a new board that has a target audience clearly in mind. Georgia football and porn. It doesn’t get any more red-blooded than that.

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