Objectivity is just a state of mind.

Wrap your brain around this comment from Stanford’s David Shaw:

“The one thing that I’ll say, and not that everybody needs to be a former coach or whatever, is I I would love for them to be able to watch the games and watch the teams and have discussions amongst themselves about who does what better than who else,” Shaw said. “Because it can’t come down to rankings, it can’t come down to stats, it can’t come down to things that come off a computer because otherwise we’ll just have a computer instead of a committee. There has to be some objective conversations about which are truly the four best teams.”

Here’s how Bobby Bowden describes taking an objective position:

What we won’t know until next January is whether the sitting athletic directors from the five major conferences, who called most of the shots in past BCS incarnations, will wield undue influence over this one.

”That’s another place I have problems,” Bowden noted. ”It’s just human nature to favor your team or your conference. If I were voting and it came down between Georgia and UCLA, I won’t lie, I’d vote for Georgia. I know the Georgia coach. He used to coach for me.”

Eh, what am I worrying about – it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a sixteen-team playoff format.


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19 responses to “Objectivity is just a state of mind.

  1. HVL Dawg

    32 teams would be better, then you could expand it to 34 and let two teams play their way in on a Wednesday night.


  2. uglydawg

    Bowden- “It’s just human nature….” . That’s the problem and it’s going to flaw the process. We can build computer programs that will land an aircraft on auto-land ten thousand times out of ten thousand tries and never get it wrong. It shouldn’t be impossibe or even that difficult to have a program that gets football ratings right.


    • 69Dawg

      +1000 Amen.


    • OhioDawg

      Even if we had a computer program that got it right, we would never acknowledge it. Every talking head on the WWL would still have his own opinion and would be screaming about how wrong the computer program was. When an aircraft lands succesfully nobody can deny it. When a computer program gets football rankings right, everyone is still going to have their own opinion.


    • Gravidy

      Landing planes safely is one thing, but college football is SERIOUS.


  3. Bob

    Jan 1, 1984. Georgia beats #2 Texas, Miami upsets #1 Nebraska and # Auburn beats Michigan on the same day. Classic College Football. That is now gone due to a playoff system that will cause more disagreement and anger than even the current mess ever did. It wasn’t broke before and we tried to fix it.


    • The Lone Stranger

      On board with you, Bob — they’d say that brands me sentimental and out-of-touch. I say take you promotions and ad dollars then hire a commissioner because what we are about to witness is NFL Lite.

      It reeks, I tell ya!


  4. Brandon

    For anybody who thinks this is going to end with a four team playoff, well you know what George Strait said about ocean front property and Arizona.


  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    I guess “objective” does not mean what I thought it did.

    Maybe some Vandy grad can point me to a dictionary….with a anchor up they ass.


  6. Go Dawgs!

    My takeaway from this article: Let’s get Bobby Bowden onto that damn committee.


  7. Scorpio Jones, III

    Oh….and to all the nice folks who just could not stand life without a college football playoff…Are you happy now?



    I still think the playoffs will be MUCH better than endless Cap One Bowls.