Less than a week removed from the final playoff rankings were announced and it is safe to say the playoff committee got it right. The top four teams, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State made their case throughout the year and this post is not meant to defend the selection, but instead to offer support to why the committee is correct in their selections. TCU and Baylor are terrific teams and both had a great season but unfortunately they play in a conference that no longer has a championship game. The obvious point being made is each of the four teams in the playoff rankings won their conference championship but what if the two 1-loss teams in the Big 12 were Oklahoma and Texas? Would Ohio State still get the benefit of the doubt from the committee?
Lucky for Barry Alvarez he did not have to present that argument against Texas or Oklahoma, Baylor and TCU’s non-national relevance made the argument for the Big-10 representative behind closed doors easy. If TCU and Baylor want to make a case for why they should be in the playoff, they should start by asking why the Big-12 has not grown the conference since the departure of Texas A&M, Missouri, Colorado, and Nebraska? Filling in two teams has not been easy for the Big-12 and the conference is not as powerful as it once was. 12 teams would allow for the conference to introduce a championship game again and therefore making the committee’s decision next year even harder but why is it so hard to get two teams to join the conference. Would the two teams that join the conference actually help in the strength of schedule or power rankings? What teams might be interested? Boise State? UTSA? I challenge you to comment on the blog and give an idea of who might help the Big-12.
The argument is not why the committee selected the final four, but instead what does the Big-12 need to do going forward to ensure this does not happen again and more importantly does not happen to their sweethearts, Oklahoma and Texas.
Thank you again for reading and being a fan of Sports Grind. In order to offer clarification from yesterday’s introduction, JQ is the marketing/social media partner at Panacea Enterprise. With a history of sports writing and blogging for TexasFandom, Stadium Swagger, and FantasyPros as johnnyq2000 my goal is to infuse a more interactive blog for Sports Grind. We would like to reach a national audience while providing new avenues to dialogue with Calvin, Rudy Jay, and Salami. Like my fan page or connect with me on twitter.