For some reason, the Coaches Poll makes its 2015 appearance next week.
And just a reminder about the one unquestioned achievement of the CFP:
The Coaches Poll used to count for one-third of the formula that was used to determine the BCS standings and national championship participants, but is not part of the determination of the College Football Playoff, which uses a selection committee to determine participating teams.
That’s almost enough by itself to make me stomach a sixteen-team playoff field. Almost.
In Jimbo Fisher’s case, leaving Georgia off your final ballot is an opportunity to let the world know how much your butt still hurts from losing your defensive coordinator to Mark Richt. Nice.
What Art Briles admitted to isn’t particularly surprising. Although it does make you wonder sometimes how much snickering goes on behind Grant Teaff’s back.
There are times when I think Matt Hayes is America’s dumbest CFB opinion writer.
Today, he manages to equate the Coaches Poll with public opinion as a source that could pressure the selection committee.
Let’s say UCLA has one loss and is third in both the coaches and AP polls but doesn’t win the Pac-12 and doesn’t get selected to play in the CFP. Well, suddenly, we have problem with our grand new system.
Because if 60-plus coaches think UCLA is one of the four best teams, and 60 media members think UCLA is one of the four best teams, how in the world can the 13-member committee release its playoff field without UCLA?
Gee, Matt, it isn’t that hard.
Just a reminder that the one unconditionally excellent thing I can say about the College Football Playoff is that it’s relegated the Coaches Poll to the sidelines.
I don’t know how I missed the news at the time, but I’ve got to say this may be the most amusing sponsorship in the history of college football. Is there good money to be made in sponsoring an irrelevancy?
Also, if Auburn wins the fan poll, will Jay Jacobs claim that as a national title?
… is that I can laugh about this.
I’m sure with the Coaches Poll having no weight in the selection process going forward, coaches’ interest in compiling a weekly top 25 is going to skyrocket.