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Monday, December 12, 2005

This is why I NEVER want a college football playoff

Reading about the Colts winning their 13th consecutive game, came across this passage from AP writer, Mark Long:

"Indy became the fourth team in NFL history to start 13-0, locked up a third consecutive division title and secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Colts have accomplished every goal established by coach Tony Dungy - aside from winning the Super Bowl - and they have little left to play for over the final three games.

Well, except for that one elusive record.

Now, Dungy will have to decide whether to rest players and reduce the risk of injury or try to run the table and become only the second team in NFL history to finish the regular season unbeaten. The Miami Dolphins went 14-0 in 1972, then added three postseason wins to end up 17-0."

And that is precisely why I hope there is never a playoff in college football. How sad that with 3 games left, a team has "little to play for." Such a "rest the players" decision is not an option in the college game because each game matters.

I would hate for Michigan/Ohio State to ever be just about seeding.


skeetskeet said...

It's not sad. It's an exhibit of how dominant the Colts have been. I agree with you about a playoff in college football but that's no reason to crack on pro football with such harshness. People should realize how massively unlikely a 16-0 team is anyway in the salary-cap-era NFL. It shouldn't detract from the Colts' achievements.

Yost said...

It's not diss on the Colts, S2. I agree how hard it is. I'm only using it as a comparisson to the college game which I love. As the writer even stated, the Colts don't have anything to play for but history now. So they could literally sit ALL of their starters for the next 3 weeks. That would never happen in college where each game means something -- unless there were a playoff.

PS Keep in mind, my harshness against the pro game might have something to do with the fact that I grew up in Detroit where we didn't have a pro team.

BaggyPantsDevil said...

Although I feel for Joe Paterno and how his five undefeated seasons yielded only one national championship, a playoff would be absolutely horrible for college football. The BCS and the conference championships have been a step in that direction and both have done much to ruin bowl games.

skeetskeet said...

No question. I agree completely that college football is better off without a playoff. I just thought the hostility towards the NFL was a little excessive. But maybe it was only misdirected hostility toward those who would impose a CFB playoff.