Felger & Mazz: College Football Playoffs A Good Start, But It’s Not Without Flaws
BOSTON (CBS) – The BCS, a computerized, stat-driven method of selecting and ranking college football’s best teams, is no more.
This coming college football season, the NCAA’s FBS teams will take a page out of the book of their FCS counterparts and move to a playoff system.
The top four teams will be chosen by a panel of thirteen voters to battle it out for the nation’s top crown.
Critics of the BCS are all rejoicing, and most would agree it’s a great starting point. However, it’s not without flaws.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Massarotti show discussed the problems with the new method in the 3 o’clock hour Monday afternoon, starting with the panel of voters.
Jeff Long, Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham are the thirteen members of the “college football Supreme Court,” and most have some conflict of interest.
If such a conflict arises, they must recuse themselves from voting. For instance, Oliver Luck (athletic director at West Virginia) cannot vote for West Virginia and Condoleeza Rice (faculty member at Stanford) cannot vote for the Cardinal.
“Archie Manning. Archie Manning?” asked a confused Felger.
“Did Tom Brady’s dad get selected too?” joked Mazz.
“Here’s his write-up — we know who he is . . . he’s Peyton and Eli’s dad! ‘From Drew, Mississippi, a longtime New Orleans resident, Archie Manning is a University of Mississippi legend who played quarterback in the NFL from 1971-84. A frequent football commentator, the 64-year-old also runs the annual Manning Passing Academy with his sons.’ Those are his qualifications! He’s not in the game! He’s Peyton’s dad who shows up at the camp once a year. That’s what he does! Good god he’s on the panel! I think that’s ridiculous,” said Felger.
The guys also questioned Condoleeza Rice’s qualifications and why she’s on the panel.
“What, was Dan Quayle unavailable?” joked Mazz.
“Look, my opinion is I love the playoff. It has instantly made college football more interesting. They’re gonna settle it on the field. Four teams to me is fine. I love it. I do love the fact that it’s a committee, I don’t need a computer,” said Felger. “I like everything about it, until I get to Archie Manning, Condy Rice, Tom Osborne and Mike Tranghese. Like, really?”
Listen below for the full discussion:
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