by Pat Dooley
For those of us who are thrilled that college football has finally taken its head out of the sand and will start a playoff, we have to temper our giddiness because they still haven’t figured it out.
Sides have been taken and it appears that the SEC, the Big 12 and Notre Dame are on one side and the other BCS conferences are on the other. The SEC is adamant that the four best teams should be in the playoff (what a novel idea) while the Big 10ish and Pac-12 are leading the charge for conference champions (really, does anyone care what the Big East and ACC want anymore?)
Since all of the suits have said that they have relented on going to a playoff because “it’s what the public wants” why not put it to a popular vote of the nation? Let us decide. The pro-champion side’s agenda is based on the fact that they fear the SEC could end up with two or more teams in the playoff. The SEC’s side is based on, well, the fact that it could have two or more teams in the playoff.
It’s extremely short-sighted of the pro-champion side to assume the SEC is always going to be the dominant conference. But for now, it certainly is on an unprecedented run.
If they did put it to a vote of all college football fans, I’m pretty sure we’d want the best four teams in. I don’t see how you could have the sixth best team in and the third best team not in. But that certainly could happen.
How would you vote?