Like most college football fans clamoring for a playoff, I as tickled that there is one on the horizon. Of course I am still a little leery.
That’s mainly because the same folks who gave us the Bowl Championship Series are the same caretakers four-team playoff aptly, and altogether simply named College Football Playoff, are the same who ran the BCS.
Besides noting how well that has worked during its entirety the name begs a question of whether they winced when they actually payed a marketing firm to come up with that.
Calling it a playoff is still a little smoke and mirrors because it is still completely and unmistakably wrapped up in the mighty bowl system.
Still, I like the announced rotation of Rose and Sugar, Orange and Cotton and Fiesta and Chick Fil A for the semifinal pairings with the national title game a week and change later. What I really like is that the semifinal games will be held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.
I also like the supposed idea that the selection committee — more on them in a bit — is supposed to make sure the lower seeded team, say Georgia, doesn’t get to play in Atlanta.
For the past several years what is traditionally the biggest day of the post season has been reduced to a bunch of ill-matched games few outside of the fan-base of the respective teams playing really cares.
The Cotton has been considered an unofficial BCS game, especially by anyone whose team is playing in it — yes, I’m looking at you Arkansas — so their admission into the club was not surprising.
Atlanta and the Peach — I’m glad the traditional name is coming back — was also a good addition although San Diego and the Holiday had to be tempting. In the end, giving Southern California a semifinal two out of every three years would have been a bit much.
Having the first title game in Dallas, okay Arlington, was really a no-brainer with Pasenda and New Orleans getting the first semis, but the report was Tampa made a great push. Subsequent title games will move around the country, or at least it will move around to warm climates and big stadiums.
We still have to meet the selection committee, of course, and hear all the selection criteria, but they will not be so-called burdened by the maximum two-team from a conference rule. Still, don’t be surprised when, in year two or three that three SEC teams make it and a supposedly deserving second PAC 12, or Big 10 team, or some goofy little upstart, gets the shaft.
After all, although the have-nots will get some more coin, about 85 percent of the money from the $7.2 billions 12-year deal will go to the power leagues and the gap will only get wider.