The world wonders...
Agreed. I was 12 years old at that game. I can't remember if it was raining in the real world or just in my soul afterward. I've never heard the home crowd exhibit such stunned silence.
Being angry at Doug Lesmerises is more of a state of being than an emotion. It is hard to turn it up and down.
I disagree. Those rankings (including UGA being 5th) were composed based on what actually happened: us losing badly to purdue in a game which finally exposed what had been an obvious weakness in all of our preceding wins (defense). Do I think the committee's reasoning made sense given how bad statistically Oklahoma's defense was? No. But I do think that if we had had a close, fluky loss to purdue that could be blamed on something like momentum, turnovers, and weather and had the defense looked better in some of our wins, the rankings very well could have been different.
There was also that one sack where the Nebraska d-lineman initially wrapped Fields' entire lower body but was left barely gripping Fields' shoe when Fields finally went down. It was still a sack but everyone has been talking since the preseason about his lower body strength and I think that showed it off.
These are fun to read, thanks for doing them!
Absolutely right. I've wracked my brain for years trying to come up with a way to make up the financial loss of the extra season game and I can't come up with anything workable.
This is a very thoughtful idea and would give you some good games but to be honest I couldn't disagree more.
I think the biggest issue with the CFP is the obsession with getting the four best teams (6, 8, fill in whatever number). While any objective playoff system is always designed to try to get the best matchups possible, the fundamental guiding principle in most other sports is that you lay out the rules of what must be done in order to make the playoffs before the season and then you let the chips fall where they may. Sometimes the best teams meet in the semi-final. Sometimes the "best" team gets left out (or loses in the first round - looking at you Tampa Bay Lightning), but there is just as often compensating good drama like underdogs making a run.
So I would strongly prefer any future playoff system to absolutely minimize to the greatest degree possible the use of subjective rankings.
The second thing is that one of the unique aspects of college football is it's regional nature. We don't need another perfectly rounded and squared off national football playoff. We have that, it is called the NFL.
Letting the conferences determine their champs however they see fit highlights the regional nature of the sport.
I don't care if the second best team is the SEC runner up and the Pac-12 champ has 3-losses. I want to see the best teams from the regions square off in a playoff, not a replay one or two conference's regular season and/or conference championship games.
And, at the end of the day, everyone knows what they have to do to get to the playoff: win your conference.
The exist for the sole purpose of creating something for people to talk about. Some of us like to talk. For me that is different than taking them seriously.
If not three. Come to think of it, this would be a good strategy for picking the playoff. Three spots for the best teams in the SEC, one for Clemson and no need for a committee to meet for the purpose of stitching together fig leaves. /s
Hate to say it, but Alabama and Clemson have earned their special treatment by winning the last 4 CFP in dominant fashion. Until they lay an egg (or two or three) they'll continue to get it. LSU jumping us is fair given who they've now played so far.
OU and Georgia staying above us is just inertia and why preseason polls are dumb.