I'll be happy when three out of four articles on this site aren't pounding the drum for a nine games conference schedule.
Tucked away at the midway point of a lengthy column on the SEC’s inevitable nine-game conference schedule, The Sporting News’ Matt Hayes relays a quote given to him by what he calls “an industry source.”
That eyebrow-raising comment:
“I guarantee the (selection) committee will do everything it can to keep the SEC at one (team in the playoff).”
Just as we’ve spent two years saying a nine-game schedule was all but guaranteed, we’ve also pointed to the fact that the “SEC fatigue” that currently grips the nation will likely hurt the league come playoff selection time. Hayes’ source — whoever it is — backs up our feelings.
Remember, after a century without a playoff, the powers-that-be in college football immediately reversed field and rushed through a new playoff system when? When the SEC landed two teams in the BCS Championship Game. Boom. The response was immediate. And that’s telling.
Regardless of who is on the new selection committee, there will be a desire to include teams from across the country and from different conferences. Well, consider the SEC “Joe the Plumber” when it comes to “spreading the wealth.” They want the best four teams in the playoff, not four teams chosen because they represent different leagues or different regions.
But what if Hayes’ source is 100% wrong. What if MrSEC.com’s fear-mongering is off base?
The possibility that Hayes’ source could be right should be enough to scare SEC administrators into doing exactly what everyone now expects them to do — adopt a nine-game conference slate in the not-so-distant future.