Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by ghost, Aug 26, 2017.
Conference Champions are irrelevant when you are trying to get the 4 best teams in a playoff
Yep, it's about the 4 best teams. If it was truly about conference champs, they wouldn't have made 4 slots, when there are at least 5 conferences contending for it.
Another thing that bothered me when watching commentary, specifically Kirk Herbstreit, he kept bringing up who was more deserving vs who was better. Since when was the committee put in charge of picking the 4 most deserving teams? In that case, UCF should hold a spot in the playoff...
Let's see... Clemson lost to Syracuse... Oklahoma lost to Iowa St. and UGA and Bama lost to Auburn. Syracuse is 4-8 and unranked... Iowa St. is 7-5 and unranked... Auburn is 10-3 and ranked 7th... so if the committee was really on the ball, the final rankings should be...
I'd actually love an 8 team playoff.. give the 5 P5 champs automatic bids and give the highest G5 champ a bid, and then leave 2 open slots for the remaining field to fight over.
Also, make the round of 8 a home game for the higher seed and put that the week after conference championships. Alabama being able to host a playoff game at Bryant Denny would be an electric atmosphere and the same goes for any other home stadium that gets to host a playoff game. And then take those 4 winners and pair the highest remaining seed vs the lowest remaining seed and the other 2 seeds in the Rose/Sugar on New Years Day and send the losing teams to the consolidation NY6 Bowls.
But, here's the kicker: Seeding isn't determined until after conference championships have been played. A 9-3 team that lucked into a conference title because the other team's QB twisted his ankle shouldn't be rewarded with a home game because they have a higher seed than an 11-1 at-large team just because they won their conference.
Using this logic, I'd set the playoff like this:
1 Clemson vs 8 UCF @ Clemson
2 Oklahoma vs 7 Penn State @ Norman (Penn State is a better team than Wisconsin.. let's be real)
3 Georgia vs 6 USC @ Athens
4 Alabama vs 5 Ohio State @ Tuscaloosa
Pair the highest remaining seed and the lowest remaining seed in the Rose/Sugar, and pair the other 2 in the other bowl. Problem solved right there.
Ohio State in Tuscaloosa would be electrifying. I couldn't image the type of atmosphere...probably something similar to Game of the Century in 2011.
Exactly. It would reward the fans and students of the higher seeded teams with one last home game against a championship-level opponent before everyone goes home for Christmas, and it would get rid of the whole debate over deserving teams getting left out, because in any given year there's never any more than I'd say 5-8 teams who can actually realistically compete for a national championship.
Good idea teams like UCF shouldn't be left out and at least given a chance. The way it is right now If they happen to beat Auburn in Atlanta then its like oh well so they're the only undefeated team and beat #7 but season is still over and nobody cares how good they really may be.
8 teams. Yay! Lets be like the NFL and allow mediocrity into the playoffs and devalue the regular season even more in the process.
If I had my way, we'd be gearing up to a Clemson/Oklahoma championship game with no semifinal (though I think Georgia should be ahead of Clemson).