We think the committee got it right!!
The four best teams (FSU is questionable, but undefeated) are in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
And it’s “Goodbye Columbus” to the other two contenders, TCU and Baylor, both of whom reside in the Big-12 Conference.
The powers-to-be slotted Ohio State into the fourth and final playoff spot for a couple of reasons: its jaw-dropping 59-0 destruction of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Conference Championship game, and the fact that TCU and Baylor don’t have a conference title game. Shame on them.
Trust me, this time next season, the Big 12 will have a conference champion, the result of a conference championship game.
The other factor, in addition to the fact that the Buckeyes played an additional football game (13), is that both the Horned Frogs, and the Bears, played what is considered to be amongst the weakest non-conference schedules in the country.
Another lesson going forward for the Big 12.
One thing that we would like to see; is the elimination of the weekly top-4 playoff rankings, and instead substitute it with a group of six teams who are under consideration for the final four slots.
That way, when the committee makes its final four announcement on the last meaningful weekend of the season, there won’t be any discussion as to how a team slotted third five days ago, has all of a sudden fallen to sixth, despite the fact that in won in dominating fashion in the final selection weekend. Hello TCU.
That scenario would take all the angst, and gnashing of teeth that went on today (Sunday) in the places that were left out, i.e. Waco and Forth Worth.
But overall, from our point of view, the committee has given us a great final four, and most importantly, made New Year’s Day relevant once again for the college football fan, and for that, we are grateful.
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our annual; “Army/Navy the Old and Me,” on Wednesday night.
Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK