Friday, December 2, 2016
We're now to the point where the playoff committee has to show whether they're interested in viewership, or retaining their credibility. They stated one of the most important criteria for getting into the playoff would be conference championships... but the way things are ranked, and how they are talking about teams leads one to believe that TV ratings may be more important, especially after how poor the ratings were last year for the Alabama / Michigan St game in Dallas and the Clemson / Oklahoma game in Miami. The ratings were so bad, in fact, that ESPN had to give away $20M in free ads due to the viewership being so horrible.
It's really not as hard as some people think it is.
Yes, Alabama is, currently, a better, more stable program. Yes, Kiffin and Saban appear to be working together well, getting to 3 straight SEC Championship games, 2 straight playoffs, and winning the playoff last year. LSU just hired their interim head coach as full-time head coach, and, yes, it's the same coach that went 10-25, and 3-21 in the SEC, as head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-07.
But that doesn't mean it couldn't work out for Lane.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
There are 3 tiers in college football: the bottom tier is where the Sun Belt, MAC, Conference USA and others reside - the middle tier is the AAC and the Mountain West, and then you have your Power 5 schools.
The order of things is generally you move from level 3 to level 2 then to Power 5... but sometimes those things get bypassed, especially if you're already a coordinator on the Power 5 level, etc. You don't have to have head coaching experience to get a big time job in those instances, although it would help in some cases to break in at a lower level than the big time expectations of a Power 5 job (i.e. Kirby Smart going straight to Georgia, Will Muschamp going straight to Florida, Lane Kiffin to the Oakland Raiders, etc).
Here's my stab at the coaches that need to be gone, and the upstart coaches that should be in bigger jobs sooner than later.
Chris continues rolling in college football, hitting a winning week again, while I fell to 2-3 this go 'round. On the year, in all picks combined, I'm sitting at 95-82-8 while Chris is at 83-95-7. Still plenty of time over the NFL season and college bowl games to get back to even.