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I agree that the game is rigged but going to 75 scholarships is not the answer. The ten players who do not receive scholarships to the same four top teams will simply go to the next four ranked schools. naturally, these players have been rated as being not as good as the ones who received scholarships to the top four schools and if they play in accordance with their rankings,their teams will not beat the top four teams, which still end up getting the best players. In addition,the players who can’t go to the top four teams aren’t going to go to the TUs of the world. Thus, nothing will change except that the 1200 plus kids who otherwise would have received scholarships won’t. Although I am not a fan of the portal, it has one positive attribute which is that very good players stuck behind outstanding players are now free to transfer.Freedom to transfer means that the top schools no longer can control and stockpile most of the talent just to keep players from playing against them.
Nothing stays the same and in a couple of years the top four may consist of completely different teams. Saban isn’t going to coach forever and the lure of the pros for the coaches of the other top schools may be too much to resist. Finally, there is a school of thought that says a lot of people like the status quo and that lesser known or popular teams are bad for ratings.
So just how unfair was the AAC and its conference champion treated this post season with respect to quality bowl bids in general, and a CFB Playoff spot specifically? When you look at the ACC with 2 Playoff bids, you see an 0-6 record in the bowls. AND Clemson and Duke had their respective heads handed to them in their playoff games. So had the AAC gone say 5-1 in their bowl games with a Cincinnati win over Georgia, then in hindsight Cincinnati not getting a playoff bid would’ve seemed largely unfair. Especially in comparison to the ACC having 2 playoff teams. But the AAC went 1-5 in the bowls with losses to Hawaii, Nevada and a 3-7 Mississippi State team. That record speaks for itself. The Big 12 went 6-0 in the bowls. Now they have, in hindsight, a claim to a rigged system that really benefits the Big 10, SEC and ACC (especially when ND is exercising its part time membership in the conference).
So I guess I’m trying to make 2 points:
1. When the AAC performs the way it did in this year’s bowl games, forget having a team in next year’s Playoff unless it’s champion goes undefeated with 2 or 3 20+ point wins over Top 25 P5 teams. Anything less and the AAC hasn’t demonstrated it deserves consideration.
2. If things are rigged, then it’s more along the lines of only 3 power conferences being, as noted above, the Big 10, SEC and ACC. When playoff bids to non-conference champion or 2 loss teams are discussed, the truth is they’re talking about teams from those 3 conferences. And if any effective pressure to expand to an 8 team playoff happens, it might be because of some form of pressure (possibly political) from those large states with teams in the PAC 12 or Big 12.
But I agree the CFB Playoffs is getting stale with the same roughly half dozen teams in the playoff every year. What makes March Madness great is the Cinderella upsets. As long as the 4 team playoff continues, there won’t be any Cinderella teams or AAC teams in the CFB Playoffs. That’s the reality of it.
March madness is awesome and inclusive. College football can learn a lot from it but probably won’t
Take comfort in knowing that Temple provides just as many medical school scholarship as football scholarships. Alabama doesn’t even have a medical school, which shows us where their head is at. You’ll need a good proctologist to locate them.
Medical school doesn’t suppy millions of free advertising to Temple as national television exposure does to Alabama. The community also doesn’t seem to be as grateful to Temple for the hospital as the Tuscaloosa community is grateful to Alabama for the football team.
Sad but true. If I hit the Mega Million Jackpot, the Owls will have a waterfront spite stadium on the Delaware with a view of downtown and the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Plenty of room in Camden for that. They are going to knock down that relatively new $7 million 7K seat baseball stadium with a huge parking lot. If the New York Giants can play in East Rutherford, I guess a Pennsylvania university can play in New Jersey.
Pardon me, but have you ever heard of UAB? Med school is there. Penn State….no med school. UGA, USoCar, Miss St, Ole Miss, LSU, A&M have no med schools. Seems like med schools are located in big cities if you stop and think about it (Boston, NY, Newark, Phila, Baltimore, DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Houston, LA, SF).
A 4 team playoff should have been a test run to try a playoff, but never to keep it that way. 8 teams would with a rule that at least 1 or 2 teams from the G5 would be included would start to be more like March Madness (in January!). Which brings up that this P5-G5 thing is relatively new and is just a way to further divide things up to benefit only the big boys even more. They don’t want to divide the money, they want to horde it. I too couldn’t care less about the playoffs with the same old teams year in and year out. I live in Ohio but couldn’t care less about OSU – I care about TU teams to watch.
Congratulations to Coach Arians. Looks like he’s going to the NFC Championship.
Wish we’d get him back!
TB vs Buffalo would be nice. Arians, Matakevich, and Dawkins are ringers.
Much better than seeing Andy Reid in the title game again
There have been so many blow-outs with only four teams. Seems one or two teams are simply too stacked for the rest. Other than to give one or two others a sniff of it, seems that playing extra games would be simply to fill air time.
Some years the fourth team is simply a pick ’em selection to fill the bracket. To your thinking, Cincinnati could have done as well as Clemson this year but A&M was howling about ND getting picked. They’d have gone nuts had they been passed over for UC. Not a reason though to not pick UC,.
College refs just plain cheat. It’s obvious. Just look at Michigan’s non catch. Clemson was helped by a wrong call. It’s disgusting.