A common theme that runs among commenters here who favor a football playoff and think that my concerns about an extended playoff are overblown is that there’s no rational reason for a college postseason to expand beyond a manageable handful of games.
Now GTP is lucky to have a great bunch of folks who comment here regularly (I probably don’t say that enough) and even those with whom I have philosophical differences on this subject strike me as being sensible enough folks that if they were the ones calling the shots on this, I wouldn’t worry too much.
Unfortunately, Larry Scott isn’t one of the commenters here.
As part of his conference’s ongoing expansion study, Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott has explored the possibility of staging a conference football championship game with the current membership of 10.
Give me a few days to come up with a dumber idea and I could probably have something for you, but off the top of my head, that’s about as stupid as it gets. And don’t take my word for that.
“Initially, it doesn’t make much sense but I’ve had a couple of conversations …”
Scott himself said that.
The Pac-10 plays a round robin schedule. It’s the fairest way to determine a conference champ. In that context, a championship game is a virtual lock to make any regular season showdown between the top two schools completely meaningless. Beyond that, think about how worthless a championship game would have been in the years when Pete Carroll’s USC squads were destroying the rest of the conference. It’s a ridiculous move that nakedly elevates financial considerations over competitive ones.
Scott speaks of a “logic gap” here, but there really isn’t one. He’s just not comfortable coming out and admitting the ugly truth.
And he’s one of the guys who would have a significant role in fashioning a new college football postseason format.