It's conference championship weekend, which means that we have a handful of teams still vying for spots in the BCS Title Game and BCS bowl games. As best I can tell, we are down to five teams who still have a reasonable to remote chance to get into the title game:
Florida State and Ohio State control their own destiny, the winner of the SEC Title Game (Auburn/Missouri) is waiting for one of those two to screw up, and Alabama is lurking in case Duke shocks the world and knocks off Florida State or voters are unimpressed with Missouri in a win over Auburn.
There's very little debate expected, it seems pretty cut and dried. And usually that doesn't happen. Usually, there is heated debate. Usually, somebody is pissed off.
Next season there will be a four team playoff, which means the debate shifts from "Who is number two?" to "Who is number four?" So let's play make believe and pretend that there's a four team playoff this season. How compelling and important would several of these games truly be tomorrow? (And by "compelling" and "important" I mean championship implications. I know you Pac-12 and Big Ten people will try and sell me that the Rose Bowl is important. Save it.)
Right now, there are only three games that matter tomorrow: the ACC Title Game, the Big Ten Title Game, and the SEC Title Game.
So let's take a look. Pretend now we are in a world with a four team playoff.More »