Barrett Sallee has worked as a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is the SEC Lead Writer and video analyst for Bleacher Report, and host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93 XM 208. His work has appeared on B/R, CNN, CollegeFootballNews.com, Scout.com, FoxSports.com and in various print publications throughout the southeast. He is a regular on local, regional and national radio programs around the country, including The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio and the SEC Network. He has appeared on regional, national and international television on CNN, HLN, SEC Network and was a regular on SEC Tonight on CSS.
Barrett is a native of the Atlanta area, where he currently resides with his wife and son.
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Saban is not afraid of Harbaugh-yet. Give Harbaugh a few years. Harbaugh has won at every level. Saban is a NFL reject. The SEC Lead Writer being objective about this topic?? To quote a future Pulitzer prize winner (note sarcasm) Puh-leeze
"Ohio State vs. an SEC school in a bowl game with national-title implications? Yeah, we've seen this movie before.
Yeah, history will repeat itself.
Prediction: Alabama 42, Ohio State 14"
Those predictions were a bit off.
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. Now they and about 30 or 40 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 royalty. 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, a truly powerful conference deserves nothing except what is earned on the battlefield. YOU lose you are out. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State the chance to play in the NC. They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against Two loss LSU. Nothing fair about that. But all is not lost. Every team with 0, 1, or 2 or 3 losses can play for the NC Game in a real Playoff. NO BCS. No 4 team playoff. But a 32 Team Playoff can work. Here is how:
A NCAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF for NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 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.
Heard you on Finebaum yesterday. I agree Miss St. might be the best team and FSU being the defending Nat champs and undefeated deserves to be in the top 4. Auburn, I think I would agree that their resume is solid, but Bama does not deserve to be there. Their sig win is WV. They have beaten nobody in the SEC so far unless you count squeaking by Ark, which hasn't won a conference game in how long. Just because they put a number on an A&M team that has been exposed. Nope, not at this point. Now, if they win out, sure. But right now they have played nobody(except for Ole Miss, who the jury is still out on, and lost).
Mr. Sallee, I gave you crap the other day on the Expert picks on top-5 games for picking Penn State to beat the spread against Ohio State. You were correct in your pick. Regardless of the outcome, I want to apologize for my overt rudeness and insolence. You clearly knew what you were talking about far better than I. You made a good pick, and I was a total jerk about it. I won't make such comments in the future. Sorry, and have a great season.
Barret, I have a "Conundrum" scenario that I think should be addressed by a writer at some point in the near future. Here is my scenario, just a hypothetical, yet I see it being highly possible.
- Lets say that the Alabama teams (Alabama & Auburn) beat the Mississippi teams (Ole Miss & Miss. State) remaining on their schedules. I.e., Alabama beats State, and Auburn beats Ole Miss.
- Then all four teams win-out until their respective rivalry games at the end of the regular season.
- One of the winners would represent the SEC west in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta; while the other winner would have a very strong case for a playoff position being as they only lost one game in the SEC West.
Essentially, the exact problem that made the BCS a mess and a problem (which arose with Alabama v. LSU in 2011) would come up in the very first year of the CFP. The one-loss SEC West team has a very good case as to why they should be in the playoffs even though they did not make it to the SEC Championship; and, on the other hand, the team that makes it to the SEC Championship is almost penalized because there is a risk of losing the playoff spot because of a potentiall loss in the SEC Championship game, likely resulting in the team respresenting the SEC East getting a playoff spot. In other words, it is almost a curse, rather than a priviledge, to go to the SEC Championship game because not only is there a potential to lose, but it adds on another game the team has to play (another very hard game), and presents more of a risk for injury and less time to prepare for a playoff team.
Just "food-for-thought" and its just a hypothetical, but I could very easily see it playing out. Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter or what the team of BR writers have to say about resolving an issue like this - one that the CFP was intended to solve.
Sarrett - In your article on the "best team in the SEC" you only list the SEC West in your graph leaving out the east. Why?
Nice article on Mizzou, non con schedule per Sagarin is tougher than most of the top 25. Last years double digit wins impressed not a lot of people, all I hear is "they lost a lot of starters", a good year would be nice, but you will never stop people from voting ND and USC in their pre season rankings. North Carolina? UCLA? They will always have to prove less.