Football playoff selection mostly gray for the fans
Sports fans want clear resolutions using objective measures to determine which team is best. Simple: Win something, get something. Survive and advance.
Sports fans want clear resolutions using objective measures to determine which team is best.
Simple: Win something, get something. Survive and advance.
That’s the way professional sports and most college tournaments work. It has never been that way in college football and while the playoff has injected some objectivity into the way a champion is determined, in many ways it is as subjective as ever — mostly because it has to be.
“(Fans) look into this process and they want it to black and white, but college football has never been black and white,” said former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese, a member of the playoff selection committee for the first two years. “College football has always been gray.”
The current College Football Playoff selection committee is about to dive into one of those gray areas, maybe setting a precedent for the future of picking the final four. Ohio State cannot win the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes were second in the rankings last week and figure to be in the same spot Tuesday when the latest and second-to-last committee top 25 comes out.
Ohio State added to its resume Saturday by beating Michigan, which had been No. 3.
So the Buckeyes (11-1) will be like a golfer in the clubhouse on championship weekend, sitting on a top score hoping not to get caught while Penn State (10-2) and Wisconsin (10-2) compete for the Big Ten title and hope winning it is enough to make up ground.