At some point in time I fully expect Dan Wetzel to opine that an expanded college football playoff is the key to curing cancer.
Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Media Punditry/Foibles
Well, if the Cure Bowl ever becomes a playoff bowl….
“when your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. Nelson DeMille
Will not detail again why I feel 8 teams is the perfect inclusive/exclusive balance for determining a true national champion but this season is setting up to be the chaos we need to move this abbreviated playoff to a better place. One can hope, would love to see several legit arguments from many directions.
What we should really be hoping for is the SEC to get shutout of the playoff, get Mickey on our side fighting for his investment.
8 teams is perfect. Not too large where it hurts the regular season. But big enough where every conference gets in and a few wild cards of teams in loaded conferences or a 12-0 2nd tier team. And its only 1 more week. Not sure if it will happen but if one conference gets an undefeated team that doesn’t get in or a loaded team that only has one loss, you will see the change quickly.
8 teams opens the door to a Cinderella. Fun to watch, but not deserving with such unbalanced SOS. This ain’t the NFL. 6 teams at least rewards the two “best” teams for something with a bye.
A cinderella isn’t beating 3 good teams in a row, it aint happening
Agree, or it would be Cinderella in drag, in other words, a real contender who was simply misjudged by the media (imagine that).
“expanding the playoff, the regular season will be watered down, which was the scare tactic that the BCS proponents trotted out to argue against the current four-team playoff. Predictably, it was wrong. Instead, the sport is better, more games matter and television numbers, in direct contrast to the NFL, are on the rise.”
This is obvious right? It’s simple math. In the NFL there are 32 teams and 12 make the playoffs which is over one third of the league, therefore some of the games in the last week don’t mean anything. With an 8 game college football playoff and 65 (ish) P5 teams (plus non conference contenders, Notre Dame etc) only around 12 percent make it into the playoffs. Factor in 128 FBS teams and that number shrinks to 6 percent. This would make the end of the regular season and conference championship games matter even more because more than just a few teams have something to play for. Nobody really cares about bowl games anymore. They are now football’s version of the NIT. Let them die the same death that both racism and climate change denial deserve (couldn’t resist).
“first-round games (and potentially the semifinals also) will need to be played on the campus of the higher seed. The sport would no longer outsource its biggest games to private businesses.”
How could a home playoff game in Athens be a bad thing? It would automatically be the biggest game ever played at Sanford Stadium.
“no one has ever sat at kickoff in Bryant Denny Stadium or the Horseshoe and said, “Boy, this would be so much better if it was being played in a dome in Arizona.””
Amen to that.
“Seeding would make the regular season matter more. By making each conference title game a play-in game (a pseudo first round), the value of those events would rise and there’d be little to no financial incentive to move past six or eight teams.”
Sounds like the best thing ever YMMV (but I don’t see how). The only thing I would add is getting rid of the idiotic selection committee, and bring back the BCS computers to select the participants. I personally don’t care if the BIG 12 folds and I don’t love the idea of automatic bids, but if it gets us to 8 or even 6 teams in the playoff then I’m all for it.
I’m digging the idea of an 8 game playoff myself.
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