Tony Barnhart beat the "every week is a playoff" drum yesterday and echoed some very familiar themes. But his rundown of the remaining schedule results in the damnedest "playoff" I’ve ever seen.
On one hand is Georgia:
vs. No. 19 Vanderbilt, Oct. 18; at No. 3 LSU, Oct. 25; vs. No. 12 Florida Nov. 1 in Jacksonville; at No. 13 Auburn, Nov. 15.; vs. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 LSU or No. 13 Auburn in SEC championship game.
On the other hand is BYU:
at No. 15 Utah, Nov. 22.
How do I get me some of that seeding for this playoff?
Barnhart (and others) do the regular season a disservice by trying to conceptualize the season as a playoff. The regular season is many things, but a playoff isn’t one of them. Georgia and Florida and Southern Cal might be eliminated after one loss, or they might not be, and it all could depend on the fortunes of Oklahoma and Penn State – two teams who won’t even play each other. Someone want to draw up that bracket?
With so many of the top teams playing each other, it sounds a lot closer to a relegation league.