Allen Kenney thinks the WWL might choose to push the SEC to reconsider its adherence to an eight-game conference schedule.
Now imagine a panel of ESPN talking heads hammering viewers and selection committee members with those talking points on Tuesday nights when the committee’s rankings are unveiled. (Great part about Tuesday night: No NFL game to go up against.) Now imagine Kirk Herbstreit doing that on a Saturday night broadcast from Norman. Now imagine Damon Huard talking that noise on a Wednesday afternoon edition of College Football Live. And on and on…
Does the committee snubbing ‘Bama in favor of one of the power conference champs really seem so unrealistic in that scenario? In fact, how many of the “second” SEC candidates since 2006 actually seem immune to that kind of politicking by the debate embracers?
And since we’re dealing in backstabbing hypotheticals, think of the outcry in SEC country if that went down. If it happened multiple times, Mike Slive would need an armed militia to get around Birmingham. Unless the other conferences agreed to expand the playoff before the term of the four-team joint is up, try to find a better solution than adding another conference game.
Seeing as ESPN already owns the SEC media rights for the next 85 years or something, Mickey might even get those extra conference games for free.
Me, I’m a little skeptical about Mickey moving things. Not that the talking heads won’t stir the pot, but I don’t think ESPN expects to get something (better broadcast inventory for the SEC Network) for nothing. If it did, we’d already be hearing about that. As for the pot stirring, I’m guessing Slive’s already taken that into consideration and isn’t particularly concerned. And why should he be, when Jeff Long is chairing the selection committee?
There’s another way to skin the cat, one that I suspect most of us would cheer. Consider the question asked by UCF’s AD as he ponders the scheduling world made by Mike Slive’s word:
“I don’t really have an issue with requiring a ‘Power 5’ game; my question is why do they continue to schedule FCS?” Hansen said. “How is that going to be counted? In basketball a game against a Division II school doesn’t count in the RPI. It’ll be interesting to see how that is (viewed by the committee), but that’s the thing that’s a little more perplexing.”
Yeah, I’d say. So what happens if the selection committee members were to announce that FCS games wouldn’t be counted in their deliberations? I bet that would move the scheduling needle in a hurry.
If you’re looking for affection and support from the public, fellas, forcing schools out of the cupcake hosting business would get you a helluva lot more love than a weekly rankings show will.