Another 12 months, one other controversy. And who else however Alabama could be on the heart of it?
The Crimson Tide made College Football Playoff historical past on Sunday when it was chosen because the No. four crew within the nation, turning into the primary crew to maneuver into the ultimate area after remaining idle and making the SEC the primary convention to have two groups within the closing area.
That, after all, sparked debate — and in sure components of Twitter, full-blown arguments — about whether or not Ohio State was the extra deserving crew, if the Buckeyes’ large wins overshadowed their losses and Alabama’s lack of a convention championship … and if the “more deserving” crew ought to have gotten in over the higher crew.
Then there’s UCF, the final remaining unbeaten crew within the FBS, being ranked No. 12 within the nation. Perhaps the Knights didn’t deserve a spot within the playoff, they usually’ll get an opportunity to show they belong with a Peach Bowl matchup towards Auburn. But for them to not even make the highest 10 leans a tad towards the absurd.
Does any of that sound acquainted? It ought to: These are the identical controversies that dominated the BCS era. You know, the system that allowed for an all-SEC West nationwide championship between Alabama and LSU in 2011. A system that noticed undefeated, non-traditional powers like TCU, Boise State and Cincinnati miss their shot at a championship. A system that excluded deserving groups like Oregon and Oklahoma State over single losses from the common season.
To ensure, there are extra deserving groups that get a shot on the championship with the playoff. Thanks to the present four-team format, we don’t should make an argument for Clemson (12-1) or Oklahoma (12-1) or Georgia (12-1).
But past including extra groups to the equation, the playoff hasn’t solved any of the controversy that after plagued the BCS.
You noticed it in 2014, when No. three TCU was usurped within the closing rankings by Ohio State, regardless of each groups successful within the closing week of the common season and the Horned Frogs claiming a greater loss (towards Baylor) than Ohio State (towards Virginia Tech).
You noticed it in 2015, when a one-loss Ohio State that boasted three gamers drafted within the high 10 fo the 2016 NFL Draft — and 5 gamers drafted within the first spherical — missed out over a area aim loss to Michigan State.
You noticed it in 2016, when a two-loss, Big Ten champion Penn State missed the lower in favor of the one-loss Buckeyes, whom the Nittany Lions had crushed earlier within the season.
This 12 months, we have now pundits, media members and armchair quarterbacks evaluating Alabama and Ohio State’s power of schedule, variety of ranked wins, the worth of convention championships and whether or not win-loss document is extra necessary than resume. All that involves this: Should a one-loss, non-conference champion beat out a two-loss convention champion? It did final 12 months, however the stakes are increased now that we’re speaking about groups in numerous conferences.
And now you may have the added diploma of a fallible, human playoff committee. Where at the very least within the BCS era we might level to a finite, mathematic method to determine why groups have been ranked at a sure spot, followers at the moment are topic to the whim of a committee that has appeared inconsistent with its personal values and can proceed to evolve as its members full their phrases. Consistency is no longer a given on this courageous new world.
So, the place does faculty soccer go from right here? The quick reply is nowhere.
This system will probably be in place till the tip of the 2023 season, and lots of followers of the sport are adamant it should not increase and devalue what’s the greatest common season in organized sport. So any arguments concerning the deserves of a six-, eight- or 16-team playoff are moot — for now. Plus, followers will all the time argue for these coveted closing spots, no matter playoff measurement.
But you might be sure extra controversies will comply with after this 12 months. You might be sure extra individuals will cry out for a renovated playoff. You can rely on extra one-loss and undefeated groups to overlook the lower, extra convention champions to overlook out and, sure, for Alabama and the SEC to someday look on from the surface.
Controversy is the secret in faculty soccer.
And changing BCS with CFP hasn’t modified that.