Today, in self-ownership

That was said by the man whose conference added a championship game to a round-robin regular season conference schedule because he was worried about the playoffs.

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13 responses to “Today, in self-ownership

  1. JCDawg83

    In the Big XII’s defense, they did get screwed over by the beauty pageant committee. The committee painted them in a corner with the conference championship thing.

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    • Greg

      At the very least, the committee should be consistent. I mean shat, you let Notre Dame in with no championship game…..TCU should been allowed in also (‘14).

      But to me, if you do not play a conference championship game like the rest, you should not be considered. Just be consistent….

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      • Otto

        I don’t see it coming down to championship game. The weakest schedule was a coin toss between TC, Baylor, and anOSU. anOSU made it in off of name recognition. In my opinion anOSU had the ugliest loss of the teams in consideration with the Va Tech game.

        Name recognition is important to the committee and consistent in their selections.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Don’t blame the committee for neither Baylor or TCU making the playoff that season. I do not recall which one but one had beaten the other head to head (my memory said TCU had beaten Baylor but could be wrong.) Bowlsby tried to play coy and tried to argue for both being in a 4 team playoff by claiming that they were equals and no difference between them. The committee was not going to leave 2 Power 5 conferences out of the playoff in favor of TCU and Baylor (it is exclusively reserved for Alabama.) I believe with all of my heart that the winner of the regular season matchup between Baylor and TCU would have been in, or the higher ranked of the two would have been in, if Bowlsby had advocated for one or teh other instead of both

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      • Both teams gave up at least 58 points in a regulation-length game. Neither of them deserved to be in on that point alone. Bowlsby also screwed them both by not recognizing Baylor as the winner of the game as the Big XII champion.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Yep. And faced with those reasons neither Big 12 team made it in, Bowlsby came up with a solution that did not address the problem.

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  2. MGW

    The beauty of college football’s regular season is that so many teams, even if they don’t have a shot at a championship, still have at least one to sometimes 3 or 4 “big games” every year.

    Realignment outright removed several of those games, but the bigger problem is that now so many teams have shifted their mentality to where either “this is the year,” or we f’n suck and have nothing to play for.

    I’d love to see a comparison of attendance figures against traditional rivals (like actual people who come in the game, not ticket sales) from the 90’s or so versus the last 10 years, for down years of programs who are perennial top 25-30 caliber. As in my gut tells me Sanford had much better attendance against, say, Tennessee, Tech, Auburn, etc. during down times in the 90’s, than in a down year of the Richt era.

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  3. 92 grad

    It will never happen, but espn should “own” the position that the playoff tournament should be downplayed until the very end of the season. They really should actively promote conference championships much more than the do.

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    • MGW

      ESPN is the CFB equivalent of that shady manager who always takes over the band after they hit it big in every rock and roll movie ever made.

      You know, the one who introduces the band coke so they can play more shows, tells their families to leave when they try to come to the show, tells the drummer he’s disposable, and then convinces the lead guy to leave the band for a solo album. That’s ESPN right now.

      Then near the end of the movie the manager owns all the rights to their songs and quits taking their calls because he’s moved on to the next big thing. That’ll be ESPN in 10 years or so.

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    • “ESPN should ‘own’ the position that the playoff tournament should be downplayed until the very end of the season.”

      That’ll happen when pigs fly. ESPN doesn’t own the broadcast rights to the B1G or SEC championship games. Therefore, there’s no way they are going to promote those games beyond what’s necessary.

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  4. DawgFaithful

    You really can’t make tis shit up. You couldn’t script it any better.

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  5. Macallanlover

    Bowlsby was much more impressive in interviews I heard last week than I would have thought. His problem with what has happened in that conference is having Texas screw it up. Adding a conference game was 100% the right thing to do, all conferences should have have them, and now they do.

    And MGW, as much as I dislike ESPN, they will never get to the level of a Colonel Parker, or his boxing equivalents.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Why is it the right thing to do for a conference playing a round robin schedule to have a conference championship game? A round robin regular season schedule is the best way to determine a champion. The silly ersatz “playoff” and committee caused the Big 12 to say “fuck the regular season proving ground, lets give a runner up a chance.”

      Not the usual social Darwinism philosophy you espouse, giving a second place team a chance at a throphy.

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