With the regular season a third of the way done for most teams, we are starting to see the cream rise to the top of the college football world.
This has also begun to spark renewed discussions about the College Football Playoffs and which teams deserve to be there.
Over the last few weeks (of a season that is only a few weeks old), you are seeing more and more playoff projections featuring three SEC teams followed by more people wondering if such a thing was even possible. This, of course, was a more predictable outcome than the Pac 12 having to apologize on Monday for what their referees did on Saturday.
We’ve already seen two SEC teams in the playoffs, and that was great. Three obviously would be one more better.
And who can blame those people making these projections? Have you seen LSU? They throw the ball forward now! Did you see what Georgia did to Notre Dame? They held on to the hood of that game against Notre Dame while the Irish sped through a residential neighborhood at 6-7 miles per hour! And as for the Tide, it has already been decreed by God himself that “Alabama is Alabama” (Eph 4:5).
But the first time I saw one of those playoff projections with three SEC teams, I laughed. It’s complete click-bait junk. It’s silly to jerk college football fans around like this — both the snowflake fans who can’t stand the SEC dominance and the SEC fans who get rightfully upset that a non-SEC team has somehow been projected into the playoffs.
I know fans in the Big Ten and Big XII and maybe four people who watch the Pac 12 think ESPN is just going to start shilling for three SEC teams and Clemson because they own the SEC Network and the ACC Network, but that is not how the real world works. Nobody favors their own business at the expense of somebody else’s. That’s the stuff of Hollywood.
Many of those same people would say the talk of three SEC teams making the playoffs is purely fan fiction — or more aptly, erotic fan fiction. But one could argue that these discussions aren’t going as far as they could. The fact is, truth is more erotic than fiction because the natural next step — which should begin by the end of next week — is for people to start wondering if four SEC teams can make the College Football Playoffs. There are four spots available, after all.
I, however, am going to take this one step further because you know what’s better than four teams in the playoffs? Five teams.
That’s right, I’m starting to think that maybe this is the year the SEC gets five teams in the College Football Playoffs. The talent is clearly there because I’ve heard it talked about on television.
I already know what you’re going to say: “Only four teams make the playoffs, you idiot.”
What I’m saying is that if there are five SEC teams good enough to be in the playoffs — and let’s face it, there are — then put them in. I thought this was about getting the best teams in, not some political football that commissioners could use to make themselves feel good about their piss ant conferences.
These teams in the SEC are too good to be held to your rules. That’s why they’ve played by their own for over a century now.
You can try to keep this year’s College Football Playoff to four teams, but don’t be surprised if the noise starts to pick up that maybe it’s time to expand to five this year.
Did you see what Florida did to Tennessee — an SEC team? You’re telling me that they shouldn’t make the playoffs based on what we’ve seen so far and also based on what we know to be true because when have we ever been wrong about the SEC and its dominance?
Don’t talk to me about restrictions. I’m talking historical greatness and the deserving teams that deserve to make the playoffs. You want to put a limit on how many SEC teams can make the playoffs? I thought this was America. I don’t remember moving to Russia.
“But Tony, what about Clemson,” people may ask.
To which I would say, “You mean the second-best team in South Carolina?”
Clemson looks good now, but they play in a weak conference. The SEC, on the other hand, plays in the SEC. You see the difference.
I hate to be the turd in the bunch poll, but right now there are four SEC teams ranked in the top seven teams in the nation. Clemson can’t say that because the Tigers only have one team ranked in the top seven. Hell, Clemson only has one team ranked in the entire damn Top 25, so spare me the comparisons.
And I can already hear the Buckeye fans screaming from the top of their drunken lungs about their beloved Ohio State football team. But tell me this, Buckeye fans — what’s the Big Ten’s record against the SEC all-time?
I’ll spare you the research and tell you that it’s probably not very good.
Do you know what the SEC’s record is against the SEC? It’s .500, which is really damn good. I doubt any other conference can say they don’t have a losing record against the SEC.
Have the Buckeyes been impressive this season? Maybe to some. But did you see the way Alabama held Southern Miss without a field goal in their 49-7 win over the Golden Eagles this weekend? Ohio State couldn’t do that against Miami.
Hey, I get it. You people who don’t understand that the SEC could earn all five of the four spots available are just emotional losers. You don’t see facts.
Admittedly, the one speed bump that I can see here is Notre Dame, because if a team plays the way they did against an SEC team like Georgia, then they have to be really, really good. Who knows, maybe the playoffs will be expanded to six teams when they announce the seedings in December.
Look, the College Football Playoffs is always a heated debate with too many people unable to distance themselves from their own haughty confirmation biases or regional ties. People can’t take their emotions out of it and they can’t look at it analytically the way we in the media do.
The more you take emotion out of it and the more you simply look at the facts, the more you realize that places like ESPN simply know more than the fans do.
The sooner you realize that, the sooner we can get to that 5-team playoff that we all want to see this year.