The first Fetch Friday of the young offseason and ugh this is hard folks. Yes, we've got recruiting and some hires to be made plus the NFL Draft and spring ball but ya know it just isn't the same as having real life ball so hard action. First Friday since August where we ain't go football to look forward to, that shit cray.
We've had a pretty busy week here at the site as we took the LSU offensive gameplan to task following their awful showing against Bama and then we talked with Bomani Jones about where a playoff fit into the college football hierarchy of needs. Some of the more non-awful work that's been done over on site so check it out.
Because today is the 60th Anniversary of the Today Show and they have already played this song three times I'm going to roll it out there too. I'm fairly certain Ann Curry likes this jam.
We've got an interesting conversation to have as the plus-one and the whole BCS world is really getting intriguing now.
Ah the plus-one, the compromise that bowl folks and playoff proponents have each acknowledged as a possible solution is now on the table apparently. Even Mark Emmert is "okay" with the plus one model, we're sure he'd be okay with more if he was running it as the Senator points out. I find the plus-one movement to be remarkably intriguing if for only one reason; how it would actually work.
Oh, I know that Joe Fan is already thinking about teams 1-4 playing each other and then those winners of the national semi-final linging up to take the field in a championship game. How would that work? Which three of the bowls would get to host those teams? If you used the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta and Rose who would be left out? Would it rotate?
I just find it interesting largely because there is just this ridiculous scramble to see anything get done regardless of what it is. The different, different, different means better, better, better movement is very real with folks who are just hellbent against the BCS in its current form.
Thanks to one of our favorite guys when it comes to BCS-playoff-conference alignment stuff we get a reminder that I actually am enjoying thinking about. A plus-one does not mean a four team playoff. They are not synanymous folks but as you continue to just be happy with any change and you miss the entire point dudes like me are winning.
Remember not so long ago the discussion of the BCS getting rid of their ties to the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls? You know the idea that the BCS would merely focus on staging their stand alone 1 vs 2 match up and get out of the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar business. People actually liked this idea and I'm inclined to agree. No more "Top 14" designation or being forced to take teams that you don't really want. It goes back to the way it was when I was growing up; conference tie-ins and the most attractive match ups.
Currently everyone but the Big East has a conference destination for their bowl game and even without a tie-in the Big East has spent every year since their inception rotating between the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowl, they'd find a way to participate on the reg.
The best part about all of this is the plus-one, a true plus-one and not the four team playoff people are assuming, could be carried out within this same framework of the BCS operating just the 1 vs 2 game. BCS removes itself from the BCS Bowls discussion while enacting a true plus-one and what you're left with are four BCS Bowls tied to conferences and taking at-large teams, a plus-one game at the end of the year to crown a champion and a BCS that is in charge of putting on this extra game between one and two.
To put that in perspective for you; we'd have Orange, Sugar, Rose and Fiesta this year with the same rankings we had to close out championship and each taking their designated teams. Clemson to the Orange, LSU to the Sugar, Wisconsin and Oregon to the Rose and Oklahoma State to the Fiesta Bowl. The Big East is in a dilemma because LSU-WVU is a rematch, the Orange will be pining for Alabama and the Fiesta would do exactly what they did this year, get Stanford.
Bama and Stanford are the at-large teams; not Boise State, not Michigan, not Virginia Tech. Just the Tide and Stanford. West Virginia hits the Fiesta or the Sugar, Stanford plays in the game that WVU is not in and the Alabama plays Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Play that out and you get your plus one game as the BCS 1 vs 2 championship game. Not 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 that folks have assumed, but a legit plus-one, an additional game where one takes on two for the championship, all ran by the BCS.
A win for everyone right? No? But I thought all change was good no matter what because this system sucks so bad? It isn't all good? At this point I'm rooting for this to happen because I actually think it would be outstanding to see the total sum of butthurtedness and "wait what happened" in the college football world from folks who didn't see it coming.