Controversy Ensues As Alabama, Oregon, FSU, And Ohio State Final College Football Playoff Teams Selected
As always there is a controversy regarding the NCAA’s mythical Football National Championship - even in the inaugural year of there actually being a playoff that theoretically settles things on the field - rather than in some office by some anonymous “experts”.
Two deserving teams from the Big 12 Conference, TCU and Baylor were passed over to complete the arbitrary four team field.
In the playoffs “Number ONE ranked Alabama” plays “Number 4 ranked Ohio State” tonight in one semi-final; while number 2 Ranked Oregon plays number 3 ranked Florida State (which nonetheless is the ONLY undefeated team while the other three have lost one game during their seasons).
Why THOSE four teams in … and THOSE two out?"
I hate to think there is crookedness in sports. Fixed boxing matches that those in the know are hip to – and the like. Or national championships decided by judges using floating criteria, rather than “let the teams play and let’s see …”.
In recent years it seems that it is “common knowledge” that the Southeast Conference (or at least its Western Branch) is the best conference in America … a self-justifying “fact” that gave its Champion (and even just its one loss team(s) a shot (or EXTRA shot) at the national title where elsewhere a loss is an eliminator.
So here is Alabama …. not only IN the playoffs, but ranked number ONE and with theoretically the “easiest game” in the semi-finals.
Florida State is there because it is undefeated and the ACC Champ. One wonders if had the Seminoles decided NOT to go to this playoff - they could have just declared themselves no worse than National Co-Champs on this basis. Oh yeah. Florida State is the defending national champ to boot.
**Ohio State **is there partially due to the fact that its lone loss came early in the year, but to a very mediocre Virgina Tech team (BAD loss). Still, other than Florida State, OSU has the longest winning streak of the eligibles.
Oregon’s only loss of the year came against Arizona … a loss it later avenged in the Pac 12 playoffs with a vengeance. The Pac 12 was viewed as perhaps the second best league to the SEC by many (though Oregon played in the weaker Division this year).
Is there some PC stuff going on here? Or is it regional TV bucks that determined the call?
If Baylor and Texas Christian were the same teams with the same players … but named Oklahoma and Texas … would they have been left out?
Texas Christian does have that “C-word” as part of their name … which as we know “offends people” especially during the “winter holidays”.
Nonetheless, as one loss teams go … its loss was the least worst of any in the conversation. TCU lost by just 3 points, on the ROAD, to only one loss BAYLOR.
Baylor can brag of being Champions of the Big 12 OVER TCU by virtue of that win … but
ONE week later it suffered its one loss … by 2 TDs (bad loss!) at West Virginia. Then rebounded to beat everyone else on its schedule rather badly. TCU might argue that on a neutral field it would have bested Baylor. In fact Baylor came from behind at home to eke out its home win (in a VERY exciting game).
Besides not being a traditional name at bowl time, Baylor has as its University President Kenneth Starr, whose independent investigation of Bill Clinton revealed the latter’s subornation of perjury and led to his eventual impeachment trial. If Baylor won the NCAA wouldn’t Starr’s face be shown on TV then? :hmmm:
At 1 pm PST on January 1 …
TCU beat the Mississippi team that beat “Number ONE Alabama” 23-17, by the score of
42-3! If Alabama actually wins the playoff … some group somewhere (the Associated Press? Sporting News?) should consider naming TCU at LEAST National Co-Champs (as has been done in other years by other news orgs).
BAYLOR’S case for injustice was looking good for awhile too … as in the Cotton Bowl it was leading two-loss Michigan State by 20 points into the 4th Quarter. MSU lost ONLY to Oregon (by 9 points) and Ohio State (by 12). MSU at this moment had rallied to pull to within 6 of Baylor with 5 minutes left (after a Baylor TD was called back on a clipping penalty).
YOUR thoughts? Pick a controversy, weigh IN. Maybe some of the people I usually contend with politically on these pages will agree with me on some of these non-partisan issues? In any case Happy New Year all!