I favor Clemson over Alabama in the BCS
December 05, 2017 3:00 AM
by Mark Mayer
VIP On the Mark | As to the selection of that controversial fourth team to the upcoming college football national championship playoffs, I say just have three and let the fourth one “eat cake.”
As to the selection of that controversial fourth team to the upcoming college football national championship playoffs, I say just have three and let the fourth one “eat cake.”
Marie Antoinette, all of nine years old, is attributed to have said that in book 6 of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions – his autobiography written in 1765. According to Wikipedia, the words were supposedly spoken by “a great princess” upon learning that the peasants had no bread. Since brioche was a luxury bread enriched with butter and eggs, the quote would reflect the princess’s disregard for the peasants, or her poor understanding of their situation.
Apparently Rousseau desired to have some bread to accompany some wine he had stolen but, feeling he was too elegantly dressed to go into an ordinary bakery, he recollected the words of “a great princess” and settled for cake.
Using that logic, I am reducing the playoffs from 4 to 3 since that fourth team is flawed if you go by the standards held by the BCS committee.
• Never before had they chosen two teams from the same conference.
• Never before had they chosen a team with two losses.
• Never before had they chosen a team from a non-power conference.
So goodbye, Alabama, see you later, Ohio State, farewell, USC, and hasta la vista baby, Central Florida.
Dilly, dilly. A Bud Light sponsored Jan. 1 bowl for y’all.
The system is flawed, we all know this. Yet it is far better than the old way of simply letting the polls decide No. 1. The beauty of the system is in the debate itself. It keeps college football lively and at the forefront of our complicated lives. It adds more games for books to put lines and totals on, which we as bettors all love.
In my world, the four best teams are Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama. In the real world the committee agreed. The Vegas books have Alabama favored over the other three. Personally, I would favor Clemson over Alabama and will jump at +2.5 if the line stays there.
Putting Alabama in violates the two teams from same conference rule. Ohio State couldn’t get away from that 55-24 debacle at Iowa and neither could I. Hey, USC had two losses as well and won their conference title. Not a peep about them except for a wise mention from ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback. Now they can square off on the field and I’ll be riding that Trojan horse at +6.5.
As for unbeaten conference champ UCF, they are a victim of a system that definitely needs re-thinking. I can’t wait to jump on their bandwagon against Auburn. The first number I saw was Auburn -9.5 but nothing official from Vegas books. I’m lovin’ Orlando’s Golden Knights.
As for any future hangups the BCS committee has for future Final Fours, I have a solution. Go with 3 teams and leave yourself an out by creating a play-in game for No. 4 and 5 using one of early bowls like Las Vegas.
Imagine how crazy this town would have been over having Ohio State and Alabama fight it out on the field where it belongs and not in a board room. It works great for baseball, so why not college football?
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