This is from a couple of days ago, but it’s too dumb to let go:
”If indeed we’re still playing a full round-robin and we have a championship game, I think our means of determining our champion is the strongest of all the conferences,” Bowlsby said. ”We’re two years in and we’re batting .500. And we’d like to bat higher than that. And we think this gives us the best chance to do that.”
Actually, you would have the worst.
I am continually baffled by how many people don’t get what happened as far as Ohio State, TCU and Baylor in 2014. It’s clear as day if you just compare resumes.
The Bears were sunk by their terrible nonconference schedule. The Horned Frogs were hurt badly by their loss to Baylor.
Most importantly, both of them overall had a much weaker schedule than Ohio State, which played almost no complete weaklings but also didn’t see many of its best opponents until the end of the season.
Ohio State passed TCU and Baylor when did because they had to wait until the first week of December to pick up a second big win of the season. That was less than a month after getting their first big win of the season — at Michigan State.
Meanwhile, Baylor and TCU lost a good win when Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma a few hours before the Buckeyes blasted the Badgers.
People get hung up on what the rankings were before championship week, but the way things shook out was a clear indication the committee wasn’t just giving lip service when it said it was going to start with a blank slate every week.
Doing that, it should have been pretty obvious Ohio State had the same record as fellow conference champions TCU and Baylor but a much tougher schedule.
Hence the fourth spot in the CFP went to Ohio State. Pretty simple really.
While I’ve never been a fan of conference championship games anyway, playing one on top of a round-robin schedule is mind-numbingly stupid. The potential downside outweighs the good by such a large margin it is unbelievable.
What is likely to happen? Well, since you’re guaranteed to have a rematch, you’re not going to make anyone’s resume better but you are potentially asking your best team to have to beat your second-best team twice. And if your top two teams split, guess what is probably going to happen? Hint: It will look a lot like 2014.
Of course that’s not to say it could never be beneficial. Maybe if TCU won a rematch over Baylor in 2014 the committee would have pushed the Frogs into the fourth spot, but that’s a big “if”. It would be another good win for TCU, but should one result count more than the other?
We know what the result would be if an undefeated team lost to a no longer undefeated team, and no league should be more familiar than the Big 12 with how those upsets can hurt postseason prospects.
I’d prefer to see the conferences go back to smaller, more regional groups and get rid of conference title games, but obviously that’s not going to happen.
Unlike adding a title game to a round-robin, division-less schedule, going to 12 teams has some merit for the league, especially with teams out there like Cincinnati and Memphis who offer good athletics programs and new, larger TV markets. They could also consider adding Houston as a team with a potentially budding brand. UCF might do both, or it might do neither.
In other news:
The Reds are in position to draft someone who is really good Thursday night, but no one will have any idea if they actually did until at least 2019.
MLB.com reports they have been linked to a handful of players, including Tennessee infielder Nick Senzel, Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis and Puerto Rico shortstop Delvin Perez. They could also take A.J. Puk, a power LHP from Florida, if he isn’t taken No. 1 by the Phillies, and I’ve also seen Louisville outfielder Corey Ray mentioned as a possibility for the Reds.
Cincinnati’s scouting department director told MLB.com they prefer to pick the best player available, which makes a lot of sense, but I would prefer to see them take a position player because they seem to have very few of those to get excited about in the minors right now and they have lots of power arms. Of course, you could argue power arms can be converted into power bats via trades down the line. The organization also seems to have a much better track record of developing (successful major league) pitching prospects than hitters over the past decade or so….
Last year’s No. 1 pick, catcher Tyler Stephenson, is on the disabled list in Dayton (low-A), where he is hitting .196. He is dealing with a wrist injury now after earlier missing time with a concussion according to RedsMinorLeagues.com…
Jim Harbaugh, who has famously tweeted missives at multiple opposing coaches and Ohio State AD Gene Smith in the past few months, told a group of high school graduates to ignore their critics…
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t care though…
LaVar Arrington doesn’t know how to spell “bury” or get why anyone thinks the Jerry Sandusky tragedy was anything more than a Jerry Sandusky problem. Meanwhile, the story remains in the news because Penn State sued its insurance company and the Paterno family won’t go away…
This story probably overstates the potential to manipulate your own memory, but it’s an interesting look at the psychology of memory nonetheless.