Evidently it’s not just school presidents in the Big Ten that are opposed to playoffs, it’s some of the coaches, too.
“I’ve been a believer that every week in college football is a playoff,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. “The advantages (of a playoff), in my mind, aren’t as good as the disadvantages. I like things the way they are…”
Somewhat surprisingly, OSU head coach Jim Tressel is opposed to a D-1 playoff, even though he’s quite familiar with a playoff format from his days as head coach at Youngstown State. Here’s his rationale:
Tressel was asked why a playoff can work at the Championship Subdivision and Divisions II and III levels, but not with the major-college programs.
“There’s two factors,” he said. “One, not too many of our guys at Youngstown State were going to go on and have much of a career beyond college football. Adding another game and another game and another game was adding to their football careers, which is a good thing.
“But the bodies in I-AA weren’t as big while colliding into each other. So the risk factor of the size and speed of people at the top end is a factor (in not having a playoff). At I-AA, II and III, there isn’t that factor.”
I like the point about adding to football careers, although it’s not like every senior on a D-1 team is going to play on Sundays, either. But the “risk factor” argument seems kinda silly – if that’s a concern, playoff proponents I’m sure would just argue that could be countered by reducing the number of regular season games. Also, it doesn’t seem to have bothered the three BCS conferences that have added championship games to their seasons.
That being said, it is kind of interesting that Tressel threw that out in light of Lloyd Carr’s previous comments about changing the clock rules to limit the number of plays in a game – especially considering that Carr is in favor of a playoff format. So maybe there’s a little tweaking a rival’s nose in all of that.