You know, it’s really getting tiresome hearing Pete Carroll whine about how the BCS done him wrong. He’s in a conference where his team is clearly the dominant kid on the block year after year, he doesn’t have to face the risk that schools in the Big XII and SEC do in having to win a championship game even if the best teams survive a grueling regular season, and it’s still not enough. He wants a playoff so that Southern Cal can have a mulligan when it plays its one game a year where it fails to show up against a lesser opponent and loses.
That ought to bring the edge back to the Southern Cal program. Hell, Pete will probably figure that a two-loss USC is still good enough for an eight team tourney.
And this again brings us back to what’s bad about a college football playoff with more than just a very few teams in it. I don’t always agree with HeismanPundit, but he’s dead on when he posts this:
–Ya know, I’m getting tired of the endless clamor for a playoff, especially from coaches, pundits and President-elects who have no problem with making college football more like the NFL. Does anyone really think that going to an 8-team playoff would make everyone happy? It’s a fantasy. There would still be teams left out and still be coaches and fans bellyaching about how unfair it was. And all we would have to show for it would be a regular season that would no longer be the most meaningful in sports. Furthermore, it would tilt the power in college football away from parity and back to the elite teams, who have the depth and talent to gut their way through an extended season. That means teams like USC and Oklahoma could lose two games with regularity and still win titles. Is that what you want?
… I think that people who want a playoff don’t really understand college football in the first place. The sport is all about passion and the arguments that arise from that passion…
Think about that when you watch this clip of the last few seconds of the Penn State-Iowa game.
Does anyone really want to argue that this game would have had as much impact on the fans and the players in the context of an extended playoff?
I like to think that I really could live with a four team playoff – and I could, if that were locked in stone – but isn’t it likely that four won’t be enough to satisfy everyone? Is it worth giving up the last six seconds of Iowa-Penn State to make Pete Carroll happy every year?