PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
My sincerest hope is that they pay absolutely no attention at all to the polls, just like the basketball committee. The polls are complete, utter crap.
My fear is that they will take the easy road (the road that will result in the least media noise) and select the four highest ranked teams, or three of the four plus the SEC runner-up.
A straight comparison of road-wins, strength of schedule, bad losses, etc is far better than the polls.
Revenue is always going to be a big factor in this. Would you make more money with a 1 loss Alabama or an undefeated Boise State?
I wasn't born a Buckeye but I became one as fast as I could.
^^this. If you haven't figured out its all about the money, you're a bit slow. They probably won't be blatant about preferring a big money maker school over, say Boise State but there is precedence in this happening in bowl selectiions and I don't see anything changing.
For the record I'm glad the Playoffs are nearly here. And while I don't have a better solution outside of four twenty-time conferences sending their champions to the tournament, any committee formed is in a no-win situation.
Look at the backlash the hoops committee gets for eff'ing up the last four teams of a 64+ team tournament. Now they're going to pick just four in a sport that carries five times the amount of passion nationally? Good luck.
I took the wait-and-see option but we know how this story ends and it's not pretty. The games and atmosphere will be - the selection will not.
I don't know who is on the committee, but I hope it's all people who have a background in football: i.e. coached, played, etc. ... not the women's culture professor or some PC bs, (i.e. - year's past NCAA basketball selection committees)
I'm just happy to be here
(on wrong one, sorry!)
My only real hope is that this doesnt turn into a SEC 4-way love fest or threesome every freaking year. I can guarantee I'll never watch it if that happens.
"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.
I agree. Being a conference winner should carry a lot more weight than being a strong #2 from the SEC.
I'm not saying that I wouldn't agree with having two teams from the same conference if it was clearly deserved (ie LSU/Alabama a couple of years ago), but that should be the exception.
To borrow an old Otto von Bismarck quote, " Laws are like sausages. It is better not to see them being made." Switch out playoffs for laws, and there you go. Deciding which teams will be in the playoffs will be like sausage making-messy, conference related and biased because even some retired coaches will pull for their old conferences as part of their "I coached and won in the toughest conference" beliefs IMO. But I don't honestly have a better idea, as bias can't be removed. At least with NCAA tournament, the issue isn't who got in for the most part, but where teams are slotted.
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