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SEC-only playoff concept sign of times, college football changes inevitable

SystemSystem Posts: 7,416 admin
edited May 2022 in Article commenting
imageSEC-only playoff concept sign of times, college football changes inevitable

ATHENS — SEC fans tend to live in a world where it’s the SEC teams, and then everyone else.

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  • UGADad20UGADad20 Posts: 1,515 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Completely against expansion of the playoffs to 12 teams. Having the 4 best teams in the country with a 1st rd bye is ludicrous. If we learned anything in the playoff era is that all teams are not created equal. The #2 and #4 teams last season (non SEC teams) were blown out. Teams 9-12 (if not more) are non factors.

    Money will rule as usual but 8 team playoff should be the number. 12 team playoff is a money grab.

    Also against any automatic bids. Automatic bids are fine in March Madness where 64 teams are selected. Not when 8 teams are selected. SEC should be against automatic bids as weak conference winners will displace more deserving SEC teams.

  • MikeGriffithMikeGriffith Posts: 3,571 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @UGADad20 Good take -- Sankey wouldn't do the 8 team because bids were automatic from Power 5 and that would limit SEC. The 12 team gets the automatics in plus opens the door for several from one conference. I can see why The Alliance is concerned, but trying to throttle the SEC rather than focus on making their product better seems counterproductive if the SEC ends up breaking away.

  • 1SICemDAWGS11SICemDAWGS1 Posts: 1,637 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited May 2022

    And Dinich chose Ohio St to win the big10 last year, and picked Iowa State to make the CFP. A true "expert" 😆 her words carry little or no credibility.

  • kylnmeg10kylnmeg10 Posts: 480 ✭✭✭✭ Senior
    edited May 2022

    I also don't think the automatic bids should be done. Example: If a 7-6 pac-12 champ sneaks into the playoff in the 8 team playoff, that's completely undeserving. Especially if they keep out something like a 10-2 SEC 4th place team. That 6-6 would get clobbered in the cfp. Then not only would it make that team/pac-12 look that much worse, viewers would not even want to turn in to watch, period. If we decide 8 team playoffs down the road, it needs to be the 8 BEST teams. If SEC separates, I feel like more teams will jump ship from the alliance. I know it's not in the cards for the next couple years, but what about 5-10?

  • 10DAWG10DAWG Posts: 233 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Well it's not about sustainability, it's about growth and $$$, and Sankey has been proactive for the most part. Therefore if I was the other commissioners, I would take it seriously. The thought of moving to a 24 or more team SEC would be attractive to ESPN. Not to mention having total control.

  • DawgCrazy76DawgCrazy76 Posts: 271 ✭✭✭ Junior

    OK, so what would be satisfactory for all in and this in Division 1 FBS taking in consideration getting a pure 12 or t16 team playoffs? How do we get that? What do we do about the MAC, C-USA, AAC, Sunbelt, MWC and the Independents other than ND, how do they factor in? How do we make it fair to them? I have a good idea [see: 3 things: Texas, Oklahoma move toward SEC a continuation of college football evolution] July posting it wasn't well received. That was just a thought that I have tweaked a bit since, it might be too lengthy to post it here. 😎

  • PopeyethesailorPopeyethesailor Posts: 438 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    So let's say that Bama and uga go undefeated, meeting in the seccg. They are ranked 1 and 2. Along the way, they deal A&M and Florida their only losses. After the seccg, you will have one undefeated sec team, and three one loss teams whose only loss was to a top 5 team. Is it conceivable that you could have 3 or maybe 4 sec teams in the playoff? Or will there be some kind of "equity" equation where non-sec teams, even if inferior teams, would go to playoffs, in the interest of fairness and diversification? 8 team playoff is the best answer. 5 automatic bids for power 5 champions, 3 at large bids to include those just missing out, or undefeated and outside the power 5.

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