Ray Glier is a journalist based in Atlanta. His work has appeared in USA TODAY, The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post and Al Jazeera America. He is a 1981 graduate of West Virginia University.
Nice well written, Good comparisons, except Oklahoma trashed Alabama in head to head last year but were unfairly place under BAMA in the early season polls. In ther recent destruction by Baylor, their quarterback Trevor was playing while injured. Familiar. Tcu easy early schedule? Look at the PATSY Non conference record of The SEC. Most pitiful of all the five major conferences. NOw for some reality in the fairy tale world of the SEC.
If two or four teams from One conference OR ANOTHER think they are DIVINELY APPOINTED to PLAY in the NC GAME and DENY all other worthy TEAMS a chance, then it is TIME for a little March Madness in the world of college football. Lets have a REAL PLAYOFF and call it December MADNESS. And a $BILLION in travel and TEAM revenues.
Here we go again. College foot ball fans MEEKLY accepting the NONSENSE put out by the MEDIA that a REAL football playoff of 32 teams is IMPOSSIBLE, too burdensome, or TAKES too much TIME from CLASS.
Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more BITTER FANS screaming MY TEAM got LEFT OUT. Basketball has March Madness. COLLEGE FOOTBALL needs December Madness.
ALABAMA in all its GREATNESS Lost a last Second STUNNER. Then the UNFAIR bullet or restriction BACKFIRED on them. Now they and about 30 or 40 or 60 other schools MUST SIT on the sidelines and Compete for LESSER GLORY than the NC TITLE. This is Totally Unnecessary and listen or read on :
I thought America had no ROYATY. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was BORN that WAY.
I think that Alabama is a Magnificent machine , a Great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out.
The SEC IS a truly powerful Conference. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State which was 11-1 the chance to play in the NC TITLE. REmember They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against TWO LOSS LSU.
Nothing FAIR ABOUT THAT. Oklahoma State Would have been CHOSEN in a real Playoff. OKLAHOMA UPSET Alabama last year. In a continuation of Genuine PLAY They WOULD have met Florida state. TREVOR KNIGHT against the Seminoles. Do you like the ODDS.
NO BCS. No 4 TEAM Playoff. But a 32 Team or 64 TEAM Playoff can work. Here is how:
First, Leave all FBS teams with the Fun and Reward of Playing the 30 plus Bowl Games. And 4 PLAYOFF BOWLS would be used on Jan 1 each year for the Elite 8 CFB playoff BOWLS.
And A $BILLION IN PLAYOFF MONEY In Gate receipt$, Hotel, tourist MONEY, Sueveniers and TRAVEL for the cities and Teams involved.
A Simple Guide by J D
FACT: There are always 13 SATURDAYS in the 92 days of September thru November.
STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of NOVEMBER. There would be TIME for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST.
STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee PICK the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up:
East, South, Midwest, West.
Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight.
SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.
STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December.
STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day.
STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later.
STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the HOLIDAY Weekend of January the 1st. And the REST of the TEAMS could GO BACK TO their Studies and Classes.
Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.
Remember any team LOSING in the FIRST or SECOND WEEK of the Playoffs could STILL be INVITED to ONE of the 30 plus bowls.
IF TEAMS THINK They are the BEST, then let them PROVE IT on the Battlefield of Play. ONE team out of the 32 Teams chosen will win 5 games in a row and be true National Champ.!!!
Thanks for reading . My main concern is that somewhere, somehow, in my lifetime an Unfair 4 TEAM Playoff will be abolished. Every 8-3 team in the top 40 or 65 Teams will have respect and a chance to win it all.
This will bring in $1 BILLION dollars or more to the Teams and their Schools.
Hey Ray I wanted to follow up on my comments that you didn't respond to with a detailed analysis of what the media has purposefully either gotten wrong or didn't bother to investigate. Here is a detailed examination of everything that has been proven about Jameis Winston, it doesn't include your harebrained conspiracy theories but if you are interested in being factual I suggest you read: http://floridastate.scout.com/story/1463613-correcting-misconceptions-on-jameis-winston?s=16
Your article about FSU was complete garbage. Way to be biased towards FSU and the ACC. Excuse them for not being the so called powerhouses of the SEC, but the fact that FSU just keeps beating SEC teams the last two times they played; Auburn and South Carolina in the bowl game a few years back. If you knew anything about college ball, which you obviously don't by your insulting rhetoric, FSU was a team that can hang with anyone even dating back to the past. The mighty Nebraska, of the Big 8 conference....who was the only team to beat them from the Florida schools when they went to 3 title games in a row.....FSU, not the mighty UF from the oh so awesome SEC, nor the great Miami with Warren Sapp. I like how you tried to make excuses for the fact that FSU barely beat Auburn in the title game....guess what Ray....who got the W and the title...that's all that matters. Do you write lame columns each week and say, "if this person woulda made this play, and that person woulda made that play, Alabama would still be number 1". Guess what? Thats football, and stuff happens. Also, don't make it sound like every other conference plays tough football....who's good in the PAC 12...Oregon, and the mediocre Arizona....or the average USC trojans? How about Big 12....Baylor and Oklahoma...oh yea, OSU, who WE BEAT. Big Ten....,there is....uh, oh yea Michigan State....and avergae Ohio State who was beaten by an ACC Team, Virginia Tech! Here's a thought, go back to your cubicle, put your dentures in, chew on some doritos, and read up on college football, and maybe try to post a more intelligent article that doesn't reflect your lousy attitude towards FSU. There are enough haters out there, without some over the hill second rate journalist jumping on that band wagon.
Be a ND fan this weekend, we don't want you... what ever happened to reporters doing due diligence. Obviously you haven't taken the time to read the SA report. Get your facts straight, research. Get a real job... The media in this country is out of control, no accountability at all.
You are a biased prick, your high and mighty attitude and your bashing of Jameis Winston was sickening, you don't deserve a job at a local newspaper let alone bleacher report. Your horrible.
That article on Jameis is sickening. The fact that you even have a job at BR is a front to all good things on earth.
I enjoyed your recent article on Mississippi State. It's never wrong to root for the underdog ;)
I really love your articles! WVU is certainly on the upswing as well :D
Ray your new article on Jameis is awesome! I live in Birmingham and know exactly where Bessemer is. It was very interesting to learn what his peers in highschool thought about him and listening to their stories. What i thought was kind of pathetic was AJ McCarron's mom criticizing him. There was nothing wrong with how he spoke. She was being very prudish. Does she not understand American culture at all outside preppy white kids? Tons of kids talk like Jameis and he was perfectly understandable. What he had to say was cool and insightful into what their attitude was. But anyway, thanks for the article and I wish there were alot more like it