Gary Patterson thinks the journey is as important as the destination.

You might think TCU’s Gary Patterson would be in favor of a playoff.   But he’s not, for a very interesting reason.

“Is it easier to win one game for a championship? Or to have to win four?” Patterson asked. “If you have a playoff, you practice and get on a plane and play. And if you lose, it’s over. If you go to a bowl game, you’re there seven days and the kids can enjoy a place and get rewarded.”

A multi-game football playoff format favors the deeper team.  Generally speaking, that’s not going to be a mid-major.  From Patterson’s standpoint, a one-shot win, like Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl upset, is a more likely way for a mid-major to win a post season title.

For Patterson, it’s more important to get the same regular season recognition and respect that the big boys do.

“Ninety percent of the teams [in the BCS] don’t have an opportunity to win a national championship,” Patterson said. “It’s the same 10 teams. We’ve now gone to a BCS over 80 percent of the Big 12, 80 percent of the SEC, 80 percent of the Big 10. We’ve achieved something that all those other teams talk about because they are part of a conference that can get there. We’ve now jumped over a hurdle by going to a BCS game.”



Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

4 responses to “Gary Patterson thinks the journey is as important as the destination.

  1. rbubp

    It is an interesting rationale…because there might be an upset, we’re better off not playing those games and potentially winning them, as the achievement of making the “finals” from as an outsider is BETTER than winning a national championship.



  2. The Ponderer

    He’s right.

    Of course, such comments always get buried, ‘cuz the only comments the media are interested in are the ones demanding a playoff system. But really, a playoff system would not open things up- it would narrow them down, and diminish the experience for all but the players of one school. They’re a bad idea.