What stood out to me about this year’s BCS National Championship Game was that if we would have had a playoff system in place the 2012 college football season wouldn’t have ended with such a disappointing finale.
I wasn’t surprised at all that Alabama and the SEC won another title, but I was a little surprised that Notre Dame didn’t make the game more competitive. What happened in Miami reinforced my belief that college football needs an eight-team playoff, not a four-team playoff, to determine its national champion.
There is a lot of room for debate about which team was the second best in the country, but I don’t think anybody can make a legitimate case that Notre Dame is better than every team in the country except Alabama. If we would have an eight-team playoff this season there very well could have been two SEC teams in the championship game again, although I am not sure whether one of those teams would have been Texas A&M or Georgia.
Georgia got to the SEC Championship Game, but at the end of the season no team in the league was playing better than Texas A&M, something that was confirmed by how the Aggies played in taking care of business with their impressive Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma.
In our conference call this week for the Legends Poll we had a lot of discussion about who should be voted No. 2 in our poll. Some of the coaches had Oregon No. 2, Georgia third and Texas A&M fourth. Matching Texas A&M against Georgia this year, I would like A&M’s chances of winning that game because Georgia makes more mistakes and mistakes will get you beat.
If you get down to who are the best four teams in the country this season, in my opinion three of them are from the Southeastern Conference and those teams should have been involved in a four-team playoff scenario. If somebody would have a legitimate gripe with being left out of a four-team format it would Stanford, but an eight-team playoff would cover that.
With an eight-team format you could start the playoff the first week in December and the four teams that don’t advance to the second round could still play in bowl games. If you wanted to set it up this way, by playing the semi-finals in early December all of six of the teams that didn’t advance to the BCS title game could play in bowls.
The four-team playoff college football is going to is a step in the right direction, but I think an eight-team playoff would be ideal.
Now that we have got no more college football to watch this season I guess everybody will be getting excited about recruiting with signing day coming up on February 6th. It will be interesting to see what happens with Auburn in that area, but perhaps the most important recruits for Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn are the assistant coaches he has hired.
His defensive staff he lined up earlier is impressive. I think his last three hires adding Dameyune Craig, Tim Horton and Rich Bisaccia for the offense are exciting. Those are three really, really outstanding coaches. And, they are good people, too. The Auburn family ought to be thrilled to death with those kind of men coaching the football program.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat’s Picks.
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