The College Football Playoff Gets It Wrong Again
Alex Myers discusses why this flawed system made a mistake with this year's selections, and gives a betting lock.
Released on 12/3/2018
So the college football playoff is set.
And as always everyone is happy
with the schools that got in.
I wonder why this happens every year?
Could it possibly be that only four teams get in
and that there are five power conferences?
How did anyone think this was a good idea?
And that doesn't include Notre Dame.
Which basically counts as its own power conference
because they're too cool to join one.
The Fighting Irish could schedule 12 games
against high school teams, win them all,
and automatically get in.
Look, Notre Dame is obviously a good team
if it could into BB&T Field and win by 30.
You know, BB&T Field?
Home of the mighty Wake Forest Demon Deacons?
All kidding aside, my alma mater
is a decent football program on its way
to a third consecutive bowl game.
And the Fighting Irish beat us up pretty good.
They beat us by 60.
So I'm not sure why odds makers only have Clemson favored
by 11 in that semi-final.
You want to pay for all your Christmas gifts?
Hammer the Tigers.
Then there's poor Central Florida,
who didn't even get considered by the committee
despite going 12 and 0 for a second consecutive season.
Not that it really matters to the Knights.
They'll just declare themselves co-national champs again.
I will say the four team playoff
is better than the former BCS system.
Which pitted only the top two teams
for a national championship.
And it's certainly better than the previous setup
where undefeated teams often didn't square off
because of certain bowl game allegiances.
And national titles were crowned strictly by the polls.
Sorry Penn State in 1994.
Actually not sorry Penn State in 1994.
That title would've been stripped anyway.
Back to this season.
How is Georgia not one of the four best teams?
They're the only team that's even come close
to beating Alabama over the past 12 months.
And they did it twice.
But they lost the SEC Championship Game
because of that stupid, awful fake punt.
So maybe they don't deserve a shot.
If a more logical number of teams got in
to the playoffs though, like say eight.
The Dawgs would be dangerous.
Of course, then you'd have number nine team
complaining and you've got to cut it off somewhere
because these kids need to go to class at some point.