Ordained Dudeist Priest
- Bloomington, IL
You wouldn't be thrilled with a top 12 AP ranking in December? A chance to play 3 more games and get a Natty?Meh, I'm in the minority. I can't imagine any special thrill from "making the playoff" when it's a 12 team playoff: no more than finishing, say, in the top 12 in the post season rankings. (Sure, it gives a better chance of winning the championship, but (in my view) it's a lesser "championship" if it's occasionally awarded to teams that weren't really the best team that year.)
Is it good for college football? People have talked in the past about the extra practices afforded to current bowl teams gives them a leg up the following year. I'm guessing that a 12 team playoff (spanning a month) will multiply that affect: if the Georgias and the Ohio States get an extra three or four weeks of football EVERY SINGLE YEAR, it's going to make it really hard to knock them out of "premiere" status. Maybe it's entertaining to entrench premiere teams, but it's not my idea of "good for college football."
As far as continuing to entrench the programs you named--that's what a 12 team playoff does, it protects the top seeds. Make it 16, nobody gets a week off, and the UGAs, Bamas, tOSU, etc. are no longer entrenched. They may still be premier, (just like Duke, KU, and NC are usually premier in MBB), but they don't get that guaranteed path to the Championship anymore.