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Source: “I Guarantee The (Selection) Committee Will Do Everything It Can To Keep The SEC At One Team”

gfx - they said itTucked 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’s fear-mongering is off base?

Doesn’t matter.

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.



I'll be happy when three out of four articles on this site aren't pounding the drum for a nine games conference schedule.


What's really needed is some sort of variation on RPI for football.  Is there a reason they can't just duplicate the formula?  Is it because there are fewer games?


Congratulations to Hayes for locating a source who shared their honest opinion. The SEC is playing with fire as long as they allow their teams to fill out their schedules with "buy a win" football schools.

Of course it is unfair that the SEC will be held to a higher scheduling standard. Having said that, you only raise your game by playing high quality opponents as often as possible. More than one Sun Belt, CUSA, or MAC type team probably won't work anymore (let alone Div. 1-AA) unless you're the SEC champion.


I fully expect SEC backlash to come into play when chosing the four teams. The only time that the SEC will receive multiple bids is when it is clear that the two SEC teams are amoung the top three teams in the nation. That number four spot will be the deal breaker. If it comes down to a second or third SEC team and a team from another conference, expect the other conference to get the pick every time. This will also come into play for other conferences on that second/third bid, but not as much as the SEC. One of the biggest draws for the playoffs is to spread the bids out amoung the country. If it evolves into a SEC invite tournement, interest will wane. Lets say that Michigan is number 1 or 2 in the polls, and Ohio St. is number 4, and the ACC champion is number 5. The committee will be more inclined to take the ACC champ at number 5 than the B10 runner up at number 4. The first reason is the fact that more than likely Michigan beat OSU. The second, it will bring in more regions of the country (TV eyeballs, ticket sales) into the mix. The number 4 spot in the playoff will be used to create diversity and interest and won't automatically be the number 4 team in the country.

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