March Madness and College Football

Written March 28th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Also a champion- congrats, Mr. Flopsy

“For the first time in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament History, there will be no #1 or #2 seed in the final four. As a matter of fact, we’re going to have either the second #8 in the final (Villanova) or the first #11.  This just goes to show how exciting playoffs could be for college football, and how the NCAA needs to dump the BC$ in order to move to a real championship playoff.”

Just wanted to get that out there, since you’ll probably only hear it about fifteen billion times between now and the final game.  I’d be interested to see if we hear about this or about Ashley Judd more often… Not that there’s anything wrong with more photos of Ms. Judd.

But, the fact of the matter is that this final four, while entertaining, does not prove the need for a college football playoff. In fact, it proves that a playoff would have no more likelihood of “crown a true champion” than the current BCS process. Or, for that matter, the old “play the bowls and wait for the polls” system that existed back in the days of yore.

“Wait! How can you say that! These teams have a chance to win or lose a title on the court/field!! That’s better than some computer making the decisions…”

True, but it depends on your definition of “better”.  A playoff would bring the “madness”; the excitement, the upsets, the energy, but it wouldn’t be any more qualified to say that the last team standing would be the “best”. Because, at the end of the day, that’s not something that’s simple to pin down.

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Silver Bullet Points Goes Shotgun

Written December 16th, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

Cartridge in a pear tree?

Given that it’s the start of bowl week, this’ll probably be more scattered than usual. If that’s even possible.

  • Healing powers: Christian Bryant is back, baby, according to his Twitter and (most importantly) according to Tressel.
  • This week in clothing: The Buckeyes will be wearing away jerseys in the Sugar Bowl.  Worked well last year… Their Rose opponents from 2010 are wearing highlighters.
  • Raise the roof. Please: You’ve probably heard that Minnesota’s stadium might be used for Monday’s Vikings/Bears game. There are lots of glitches, not including the buckets of snow on the field and elsewheres- It seats 55k, and there are 65 The stadium doesn’t serve alcohol, There are no luxury boxes, and it’s been “winterized” since November so it’s hard to know if the pipes will be OK.  Wait… no alcohol? What do they think this is… a crappy bowl game?
  • All a matter of perspective: Disappointed in Iowa’s season? Haven’t you been paying attention?
  • You know who’s not back? Boubacar… unless you mean “back in trouble
  • We’ve all got our own opinions on the Big T1e2n logo, and I’m starting to like the one I saw on the MZone.
  • New coaches: Haywood to Pitt, Golden to the Hurricanes, Muschamp at Florida, Stewart still at WVA (for now). Still no decision at Vanderbilt or Michigan (what? He’s not done yet? Mea Culpa)
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The Week That Were: 10.02.10

Written October 3rd, 2010 by MaliBuckeye

From the “He started it!” files- This week, we join our friends at 11W in celebrating Oktoberfest and all it’s splendor. So, break out the lederhosen, get your sauerkraut all warmed up, and find grandma’s recipe for schnitzel…

Drink enough and you'll dance too

This weekend looked to be the best thus far in terms of quality matchups, but only a few actually lived up to those expectations. Let’s start in the SEC, shall we?

Alabama, man… Another “can’t they both lose?” as the Crimson Tide invited the Gators to their place. As we were reminded over and over and over again by unbiased network analysts, when these two team play, the winner usually heads on to a national championship. As much as  I hated to see Urban’s squadron be held without a touchdown (sarcasm alert), it was interesting that Alabama seems to be perfecting the tenets of Tresselball- No mistakes on offense, aggressive defense, solid special teams. Granted, they’ve got a Heisman Trophy running back to hand it to, but it’s important for Buckeye fans to remember these successes when they start screaming for offensive coordinators.  I was also more than pleased to see that sometimes the Gators can get too cute for their own good.

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Earlier today, our old boss Jeff published a story at Fox Sports Ohio that takes on conference realignment.  Jeff believes that this is the best chance we have at getting a real playoff system installed at the top level of college football.

Fans from schools like Auburn, Utah, Boise State, TCU, and Cincinnati have long argued that their teams were shut out of a chance to compete for the National Championship.  Their debate has been played out in the media, and rightfully so.  But by the time the BCS National Championship Game kicks off, those schools are an afterthought, patted on the head and ordered to go back and sit at the kids’ table.

Conference realignment might be the first shot that finally kills the BCS in favor of a playoff system, if it is proposed the right way.

The whole article is a must-read, so please go check it out.  Here’s a brief summary;

  • The Big Ten, SEC and Pac-10 should grow to as many as 16 teams each by the time realignment is complete.
  • Those three leagues have conference championship games, and those winners play in a January 4-team bracket.
  • The four best remaining schools (not playing in a conference title game) play in an early-December 4-team bracket, to be played while the SEC, B10 and Pac-10 are determining their champions.  Winner gets the 4th slot in January.
  • All the major and minor bowls can still take their desired schools to play.  The only four schools off limits are the four teams in the January brackets.

Frankly, it’s brilliant.  We’d have the four teams for the January bracket determined by the 10th of December, so there would be no serious confict with scheduling bowl teams.

Jeff also points out that in 2009, the teams involved in the two-tiered bracket system would have been Texas, Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise State, and Georgia Tech.  All the teams that had a LEGITIMATE claim to a National Championship shot are listed in that group.  It covers all the bases, therefore.

The three losing teams from the December bracket (for arguments’ sake, TCU, Cinci and Ga Tech) would all be eliminated early enough to accept invites to the major (BCS) bowls they played in anyway.  And the top four get a January game, maybe two.

A clear champion would be determined.  No more Auburns from 2004.  No more Utahs.  No more Boise States.

Whaddya think?