Who’s the guy with the sour puss? Why it’s SEC Commisioner Mike Slive!
In a move that our SEC brethren will no doubt find a way to blame on Ohio State, or the Big Ten in general, the BCS committee decided against going to a plus one format. It was not just the Big Ten and Pac Ten that were opposed to the change however. Commissioners from the Big East, Big 12, WAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt were opposed to changing the nature of the BCS as well. (Thanks to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach)
Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese said if the proposed plus-one model for determining college football’s national champion “looked like a playoff, smelled like a playoff and felt like a playoff,” it probably was a playoff.
For a BCS meeting that was supposed to be uneventful, this bombshell was front and center after the 11 conference commissioners and White met behind closed doors for the third straight day: The Big Ten and Pac-10 aren’t alone in their opposition to a playoff.
And any chance of a college football playoff is dead, at least for a long, long time.
Now, I don’t know what is truly ‘best’ for college football. I don’t think anyone really does. The one thing that nobody can argue is that tradition distinguishes college football from the NFL. There is a different feel to the college game. In college winning your conference means something. Unlike the NFL, where winning your division is only good for hat and t-shirt sales. In fact, with the way that the NFL playoffs are set up, I question why they bother to schedule two games with each team in your division anymore. But the college game is different. And if you want to play for the National Championship you need to win your conference. That’s it. End of story. You can’t be the champion of all college football if you aren’t the champ of your little group.
The SEC of course feels like they are far superior to everyone else. Perhaps they would like it if we changed the rules and mandated that one of the two teams playing for the title was from the SEC? Truth is, they are getting to the title game regardless. No conference deserves two teams in the championship game. That is why you have an SEC title game is it not?