When you’ve got a process that’s born out of frustration with the SEC’s run in the BCS title game and fueled by last season’s all-SEC matchup, why would you expect anything different from this?
What used to be fuel for the news cycle in this interminable journey toward a major college playoff has devolved into a study in posturing. A war of words to protect turf, tradition and Tuscaloosa.
Don’t think so? Here we are, three weeks from when the playoff format could be revealed and the consensus builders seem to be deconstructing. To call it anything else would be refusing to sense the vibe that permeated the beginning of the SEC spring meetings that began on Tuesday.
“It’s just like politics and self-interest,” Nick Saban said. “Somebody wants to create a circumstance that’s going to help their situation or conference. That’s not in the best interest of college football.”
The best interest of college football? When was this ever about that?
Look, there’s going to be a change. There’s way too much money in a stand-alone national title game for even the most ardent conference defenders to avoid passing up. But there is more than one way to skin that cat. Every day that passes with more roadblocks to reaching a consensus on a four-team playoff, the more a plus-one fallback looks likely.
If you don’t think that’s going to happen, tell me which conference commissioner(s) is the candidate to back down and compromise.