The SEC, BCS and Playoffs
Aside from Auburn’s woeful season, I’d like to look at the situation regarding the SEC in the BCS and moving into the 4 team playoff system.
The first week of the BCS standings this season revealed 4 SEC teams in the top 7. Bama – 1, Florida – 2, LSU – 6, SC – 7. What does that tell me? It says that the SEC is in better shape for an all SEC title game than it was a year ago when Bama ended up playing LSU. It also says that a four team playoff could very well showcase three SEC teams, heck maybe even four. Especially so, had SC not lost to LSU. The top three would have been Bama, FL, SC.
As it stands Bama’s backup plan is LSU out of the West and Florida’s backup plan is SC out of the East. Let’s assume Bama stays undefeated and plays an undefeated Florida in the SEC title game. If Florida loses then a one loss Florida should play Bama again in the title game, right? I mean, LSU’s only loss last year was to a #1 Bama team.
What if Bama loses to LSU and then in the SEC title game? LSU should be in the NC game with its only loss to #2 Florida right? And maybe an undefeated Florida is the team to beat Bama in the SEC title game so Florida would be playing LSU for the NC, right?
I’m not even taking into consideration an undefeated Miss.St. team and a one loss UGA in all this either.
All this effort to get a playoff and a 4-team playoff isn’t looking all that promising for anyone outside of the SEC. It’s just a matter of time before everyone is shouting for an 8 or 16 team playoff.