- Aug 22, 2006
Bowl selection was asinine. Every other sport, including any other level of football, has a playoff system. Who gives a crap about a bowl that means absolutely nothing.Still talking about 2012? Based on what record and being ND? So I looked up a few facts to refresh my memory. They beat 1 top 10 team, Oklahoma, who only got to #8. After the Bama game the best ND finished in the polls was #4 in the coaches poll. Definitely a year a playoff (or something) might have helped. No other SEC team was considered because of two + losses (plus they wouldn’t match them in bowl games then) but GA, FLA, SC, AM, LSU were all pretty good but had at least two losses. At the end of the regular season ND was 1 in a few polls so I guess they belonged there? AM actually beat Bama during the season. But you may be right. Maybe no one but Bama belonged? However the final coaches poll that year had 5 SEC teams in top 10. NDs only big win, Oklahoma, finished 15th. How was that a better system than now or what we could have? Because besides the 1 loss, ND didn’t really “earn” it during the regular season based on opponents and strength of schedule. They just had a good record and like Alabama, Michigan, OSU, etc…they got a football name. I don’t know that I like the 12 Team playoff either but there probably isn’t a perfect system. But bowl selection was far from perfect.