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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
If You Want to Know Why We Will Never Have a Play-Off in College Football Then Tune Into Omaha Tonight.
I am not going to name names but somebody is Awesome and
Somebody else is not.
We suspect that the Gamecocks will win tonight in the 43rd inning when a formerly thought extinct Doodoo bird swoops in causing a Florida defender to allow a slow dribbler up the middle to pass into centerfield and then when the centerfielder runs into to pick up the ball a landmine that was tested in Nebraska prior to World War I will suddenly go off killing the centerfielder and allowing Carolina a game winning inside the park home-run. This is Carolina Baseball winning by the skin of their teeth.
Omaha this year is not just all about how great the SEC is it is also a reminder of how bad others are in everything save basketball. The SEC boasts arguable the best program in every sport the entire conference participates in. This years All-SEC championship series will produce the back to back National Titles for the SEC in the least of the three major sports in college athletics. On the other hand Omaha is also a reminder to the other lesser conferences of the danger of allowing a system in which multiple SEC teams are allowed into a championship play-off.
Since the inception of the BCS in football the SEC has won seven of thirteen titles. However, if their was a play-off from the beginning we would probably be talking a much higher number. Their are six BCS Conferences- SEC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big Twelve, PAC-12. If all six were super conferences then you would have six teams- enough for three bowls. The problem is that we have four bowl games so you would need eight teams for the play-off. That means At-Large bids and at-large bids means two SEC schools. Look at the BCS history:
Eight of thirteen years we could have had two teams in the play-off and of course in the other five years we would have had one horse in the race. Do you think Bama would have been flat against Utah in the Sugar if a National Title was a stake? What about 01-02 Florida or 06-07 LSU they would have looked pretty good if they knew they were still alive for the Title. In fact of the five consecutive Titles won by the SEC (all except the 10-11 Arkansas) it is highly likely that the title game of a play-off could have been an SEC vs. SEC game. Of course you could always stack the brackets to ensure the SEC played the SEC before the championship game but what if an undefeated Bama beats an undefeated Florida in the SEC title game and Auburn only has one loss with no undefeated BCS buster team-- what then? Three SEC teams in the play-off? Perish the very thought.
I actually have a better plan. Drawing on my ancestry and channeling my inner General Beauregard I propose something very similar to Jim Delaney. Expansion and secession. Let's add six teams to the SEC. That gives us eighteen. Two nine team divisions so each team plays eight divisional opponents, one set opponent from the other division, and a yearly rotation against one other team from the other division. Then a four team play-off to crown the champion. Here is who I propose we add.
North Carolina- They help us in baseball a little but instantly make us dominant in basketball when added with Kentucky. Plus we get that North Carolina T.V. market and that means more dollar bills y'all.
Virginia Tech- They help in the only two real categories that matter- Football and Money. Football cause they are pretty good at it and Money cause we get up in that DC market.
Florida State- They help some in football and baseball but they actually act to prevent dissension within the Florida market. No one cares about Miami they made a bad hire and have crappy facilities. Plus Miami is like 5,000 miles away from everyone else.
Clempsun- They want so badly to be in the SEC and again we want to avoid dissension in the geographic heart of the SEC. They help a little in Football and Baseball but not much. Also, we avoid any more SEC talent being bought......I mean drawn into another conference.
Texas A&M- They fit our demographics, have a huge fan base, and would be a huge slap in the face of Texas. Plus we plant the SEC seed even deeper into Texas which is the last thing the Longhorns want. Oh yeah and that Texas market = Dolla' dolla' bills y'all $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
TCU- Texas again so that means Texas money, plus they are Christian so that fits the Bible Belt, and they bring enormous balls to what is already a balls to the walls conference (of course we mean Patterson balls!).
When Jim Delaney thinks of the vast northern expanse of Yankeeland he thinks leaders and legends. When I think of sweet Bula-land I think of a dashing and debonair people. The two most dashing and debonair people that I can think of are Rhett Butler and Elvis Presley so there are your two divisional names:
Rhett Butler Division
Elvis Presley Division
This way we can have our champion and the Yanks can have theirs in every sport.
In the end guess which conference will attract the best athletes and send the most into the pros.