For the 10th straight year, the two teams at the top of the polls will meet in a postseason game — No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn. We haven’t heard too much whining and crying over this, as we have in the past.
It seems clear, however, that the four-team playoff, which is coming to college football next season, will create some extra headaches — and plenty of arguing.
If football had the four-team playoff this year, who would the committee choose?
At first glance, it seems so easy. All the committee needs to do is pick the top four teams in the standings, which is FSU, Auburn, No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Michigan State.
But nothing ever seems easy when it comes to college sports and committees. For all the good intentions of the BCS — which was to match the top two teams in a single game — it had a rough start that it never overcame. In three of the first six years, the BCS Championship Game left out either the top-ranked or second-ranked team.
It’s no sure thing the coming playoff committee will rubber stamp the polls and take the top four teams.
So if the committee were to examine the 2013 results, here’s the team that could be the sticking point — Alabama.
Should the committee include Alabama, which is ranked third but didn’t make its conference championship game? Or should the committee take the winners of the four biggest conferences — No. 1 FSU (ACC), No. 2 Auburn (SEC), No. 4 Michigan State (Big Ten) and No. 5 Baylor (Big 12). Also, Ohio State sits at No. 6 with only one loss, and unlike Alabama, the Buckeyes made their conference title game.
My thought — if you’re one of the top four teams, you’re in. We don’t need a committee to tell us that. If you’re not, you’re not in, regardless of what conference you won.
Can’t wait until next year when we have a similar situation with plenty of whining and crying and general misery all December. Wait ... I think I can.
Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.