For those of you looking forward to the demise of the BCS, think about this. After next year we
get to a playoff. Hot diggety dog!! Finally the four best teams get to play each other and figure out
who really is the best. Yeah, right. In case you haven"t been paying attention to how those four teams are going to be determined - listen up. There will be a selection committee of 12-15 people who will make the decision based on record and strength of schedule. The question is, who and how is SOS going to be determined? Would Bama have even made the cut? The answer for this year is undoubtedly yes because we won the SEC championship game over Georgia. Notre Dame, Kansas State, and Oregon would probably have been the other three. So, you say what is wrong with that? We beat Georgia. Hmmmm. Think back one itty bitty year. Do you really believe a selection committee would have included Bama in the final four? Oregon and Oklahoma State would have made the cut but who would have been the fourth team? Bama or Stanford might have been selected but that leaves out the Big 10 plus two (soon to be four) and the ACC. Subjectivity and money tend to make those decisions. Okay you say, that is where SOS comes in. Well how is SOS going to be determined? Computers, Humans, polls or what? For those few of you who are not aware, the Colley computer poll never had Bama ranked first during the season and Notre Dame (remember that little football game we played a few days ago?) was still ranked first after we destroyed them! So just who will determine SOS? Humans, computers, polls? Uh oh. SOS - the proverbial flaw. Where was Georgia ranked (BCS poll) before the SEC championship game, number three? Can say that Georgia didn't belong in a final four. Do you think ND really belonged in that game - re two ND players with the same uniform numbers on the field when Pitt missed the field goal in the second overtime. So where does SOS come into play. If two teams meet in a conference championship, even if both are unbeaten going in, the loser will not make the playoffs. The polls and computers could have both ranked in the top four but humans will decide what teams (and conferences) get there. please note this includes any conference. Remember also that Florida was ranked third after we survived Georgia. Somehow I have a very hard time believing Florida would have made the playoff cut. I know Florida stunk up their bowl game but so did Bama after losing the SEC to Florida in '08. Fear the SOS because it is bogus. Most college games are regional affairs so SOS becomes subjective based on scores being compared and the perceived strength of the conferences. Clemson was the ACC,Texas the SWC, USC an Ucla the Pac 8, Nebraska and Oklahoma the Big 8, and Michigan and Ohio State the Big 10. If you're old enough you remember the Big 10/Notre bias as being real. Subjectivity still rules - the SEC being today's ruler. Beware the selection committee. Good teams (meaning SEC teams now, others in a different era) will not be in a four team playoff. Remember the mantra of 'we want the regular season to mean something'. Fear the selection committee SEC.
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