As expected, Ohio State wound up crashing the semifinals party. Here are a few random observations I have:
- The weekly show serves no purpose, but it’s not going anywhere. In the end, what was the point to it in terms of seeding teams in the postseason? Obviously, there was none. As broadcast fodder, though, it makes ESPN giddy. And that’s why it will return.
- 2014 TCU = 2007 Georgia. Gary Patterson’s team was in the top four before the weekend and destroyed Iowa State 59-0. Somehow that wound up equating to a sixth-place finish. Which means there was nothing TCU could have done to make the playoffs this week.
- How’s that autonomy thing working for ya’? In the case of the Big 12, not so good. The selection committee crapped all over the absence of a conference championship game, which was the inevitable result of keeping Texas happy. Conference expansion simply for the sake of creating a championship game is a lame idea. So is getting the green light from the NCAA to okay a championship game for a conference that plays a round robin schedule, which is what I expect the Big 12 to consider. The real solution would be for schools like Baylor and TCU to beef up their non-conference scheduling, but you know how coaches are…
- Tell me again why we need a four-team playoff? Vegas promptly installed Alabama and Oregon as double-digit favorites. So much for all that “deserving teams” talk.
- The playoffs hoopla may be overblown, but there’s one area where the CFP has done the Lord’s work. Maybe it’s not too much of a surprise, but it turns out when you get the bowls out of the way of choosing teams and use some form of rankings to match up schools, you can do some good things. The access bowl games are a clear improvement over what we got from the BCS. The only question is whether they’ll draw as well.
In the end, no big surprise. It’s a media-driven, money-driven spectacle and that’s what it will be judged on. Any settling on the field that gets done will be a bonus. Don’t forget to fill out your brackets!