Playoff-busting is going to be a much higher mountain to climb than BCS-busting ever was.
At least until the next time the playoffs expand.
Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major
Did they actually need to do an article pointing this out to everyone?
When there are only 4 playoff spots, the power will be even more entrenched in the ‘haves’. The old bowl system at least gave programs the chance to steadily build themselves up and climb the ladder. Now, Ohio State and Alabama will be recruiting with the lines of “we’ve been in the playoff 4 out of the last 6 seasons.” How are teams supposed to compete with that?
There have been very few times when a Big Integer team actually was good enough to go to the championship game during the BCS era. Most of the time (I believe..this is opinion) the SEC’s opponent in the game was inferior to at least a couple if not several SEC teams..Also, Notre Dame, in 2012, would have been beaten or at least stressed by at least 6 or 7 SEC teams.
The BCS got it wrong several times..but several times they got it right.
The playoff system is going to award playoff spots to teams that don’t really belong there every single year..I’m telling you it will be geographically correct. I don’t care how good the #2 and #3 SEC teams are…they will have to stand by and watch inferior teams compete for the NC because that’s the bottom line of what this is all about. It’s gonna’ suck. It’s going to be about “balance”….not who’s best. I just can’t see an upside to this for the conference.
Here’s my prediction for the playoff spots.
#1. Spot…SEC Champ
#2 Spot….Big Integer Champ
#3 Spot…..ACC Champ
#$ Spot…..Pac 10 Champ
It’s really not that hard to figure out. They’re already going to piss off the people in the conferences whose champs don’t go. When other teams and conferences figure out that they will be forever left out, they’re going to be pissed too. So expansion is all but certain…and then more expansion.
I say go back to the old bowl system and have two or three champs proclaimed by the media (USA Today, UPI, AP ..days past) and let us all argue about it which is legit. It was more fun.
Pretty much true, I don’t see two teams from a conference, or a BCS busting mid-major breaking through until after 2020 when we, hopefully will get to eight. ND would be the obvious exception to a conference champ only seeding. I would like to see the Big 12 held out because of the lack of a conference championship game unless that team played a couple of strong OOC teams and were undefeated. Championship games are one, last test to prove a team belongs in the elite group of that year.
“I would like to see the Big 12 held out because of the lack of a conference championship game”
Aren’t they doing a round robin 9 game conference schedule? As in, the winner of the conference will have played as many conference games as the winner in the SEC. It just seems a bit odd to penalize them for not having a conference championship game when it is guaranteed to 1) be a rematch, and 2) require the participants to play a total of 10 conference games to most other conferences 9
True, but playing the CCG at the end, on a neutral field, with more pressure than a regular season game seems more fair to me. I appreciate the roun- robin concept, the PAC 12 did it before them, but sitting at home while the others are sitting at home seems too much of an edge to me. Not as bad as when Bama sat out the 2011 SEECG and go the “vote”, but it is still the easier road easier to me. And I don’t think 10 Big 12 games is as big a load as nine SEC games either.
In the round-robin format the winner of the conference is a true champion because the winning team played every other team. And the last conference game to close out the season as the conference champ is a lot of pressure too, particularly if that game is against your biggest rival (which usually is the case).
“I say go back to the old bowl system and have two or three champs proclaimed by the media (USA Today, UPI, AP ..days past) and let us all argue about it which is legit. It was more fun.”
In spite of what some may say about cinderalla teams people want to actually see the power teams with big names. The TV numbers don’t lie. The ratings ( and thus money from ads) are always higher when there are tradiional powers playing each other.
If it generates a billion dollars, or loses a billion dollars, I just want it to be fair and honest. I don’t think it can be with only four and I don’t think it will be and I don’t think it’s intended to be. I really want to be wrong.
“If it generates a billion dollars,” Cindy is also going to need a bigger boat
“We don’t like to think of ourselves as the hunted, we like to think of ourselves as the hunter,” Bellamy said. “I want to go undefeated. We’re 7-0 and we don’t plan on losing any games.”– Davin Bellamy, AB-H, 10/20/17
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