12, inevitable

One more thing about spiting Greg Sankey and the plan to expand the CFP to twelve:  the mid-majors are going to fight that.

He also praised the College Football Playoff board recommended the playoff expand to 12 teams. With the AAC sending UCF, Memphis and Cincinnati to New Year’s Six bowl games in the past four seasons, Aresco said expansion is “a meritocratic approach” that gives more teams a chance to compete for a national championship.

“It will also energize college football, I believe, as so many more teams will become relevant and I think it’s going to likely lead to higher ratings,” Aresco said. “I’m all for the process moving ahead if, in fact, there is strong support for it.”

Of course he is.  So is Notre Dame.  So is (even if they won’t admit it out loud right now) the Pac-12.  There are too many vested interests that want playoff expansion to prevent it from happening, hurt fee fees or not.

The only question is whether they have the patience to wait until the current contract with Mickey runs out, in order to have the opportunity to bid it out on the open market.  My bet is that’s a 50/50 proposition, at best.  We’ll see.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

11 responses to “12, inevitable

  1. miltondawg

    Regardless of what they say publicly, every commissioner and school president is for moving to twelve teams as soon as possible. The only schools that could say that they want to stay at four teams to spite Sankey, UT, OU and the SEC are Ohio State and Clemson. Even Notre Dame, which under the format proposed for 12 teams would never get a bye in the opening round of the 12 team playoff, needs it to go to 12 teams sooner rather than later.

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  2. You would think these idiots learned that throwing a temper tantrum rarely works … or at least it never did when I didn’t get my way.

    When the hurt fee-fees of the ACC and Pac 12 see the size of the check, all of a sudden they’ll quit their whining. Jack Swarbrick helped design this thing to maximize the opportunity of ND to get in while remaining independent in football. He isn’t going to go along with the whiners.

    The 8 schools left in the cold have marketability to the AAC in particular (and possibly C-USA or WAC) and should take advantage of it. Those schools (minus Kansas) in particular should see this as a real path to the playoff as opposed to what they have now.


    • Instead of WAC, I meant the Mountain West.


    • godawgs1701

      Yeah, whether it’s the AAC canabalizing the Big 12 or it goes the other way around, that’s probably what needs to happen. Whatever is left over after the dust clears can go to the Mountain West or wherever. If someone shrewd is pulling the levers, you could end up with a power conference that’s only slightly diminished with the Texas/OU departure in terms of competitive ability (you’re going to end up financially diminished at least for a while either way).

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      • godawgs1701



      • I don’t see the Big 12 staying in place as a power conference under any circumstance. Otherwise, the Big 12 would have scooped up Cincinnati and UCF while OU and Texas were in the fold. The Big 12 is in the dreaded Sears market position … not a premium brand and also not a bargain brand. Their remaining members probably need to understand that.

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        • Down Island Way

          What about all my craftsmen tools and stuff, they were premium when purchased or so said the pretty blonde saleslady…


  3. godawgs1701

    The will of the Pac 12 commissioner to do things to ostensibly hurt the SEC only goes as far as it doesn’t affect his bottom line. He knows that his league already was struggling to get into the playoff. A more powerful SEC is going to be virtually assured of getting two teams into the playoff which means it’s going to be that much more difficult for his league to get a team in. Also, the broadcast deal for a four team playoff is going to be less rich than for an expanded playoff. This is a schoolyard “fight” with kliavkoff or Bowlsby or Kevin Warren walking up to Sankey chest to chest saying “‘sup! ‘sup!” over and over again without actually throwing a punch. They’d love to hurt us, but they can’t without hurting themselves much worse.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      I am sorry that I disagree that the SEC is assured to get at least 2 teams in the playoff. The “Committee ” is designed to control how many teams from 1 conference are admitted.


  4. akascuba

    It’s the talking season for conference commissioners and college presidents. They have time now to officially go on record spouting their integrity and concern for their student athletes. Many will take this time to lay the ground work to blame the SEC for anything they are later forced to do.

    When given the chance you can be sure they’ll vote with their wallets for expansion.

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    • miltondawg

      As I have said on here before, talking season in college football is only marginally less worthless than lying season in the NFL.