The negotiating and public posturing hasn’t finished yet but college football‘s postseason is nearing an overhaul. And details are starting to leak on the format though frustratingly in a drip, drip manner.
Sooner or later, the decision makers (read: college presidents and conference commissioners) knew the national title game would become too valuable not to mimic the Super Bowl. And finally, they have. Cities will bid on hosting the championship which means New Orleans, Dallas, Miami, Phoenix and the favorites of the NFL figure to compete. Current bowl sites won’t lose out completely as the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar probably alternate semifinal matchups. Then again, with the advent of the Champions Bowl between the SEC and Big 12, there’s no telling what format — other than the one that generates the most money — is actually established.
TCU‘s debut year in the Big 12 might have been rough regardless of their offseason but the the near-mutiny occurring in Fort Worth almost guarantees it. Mutiny is the wrong word of course because Gary Patterson, by all accounts, isn’t driving these players away. They simply can’t stick. Linebacker Deryck Gildon joins offensive lineman Carter Wall on the train out of town. Those two accompany running back Ed Wesley and offensive lineman Nykiren Wellington, not to mention the players lost to the February drug scandal. As recruiting is the lifeblood of a college football program, Patterson’s in a very precarious position. He must alter the perception that the Horned Frogs are in a chaotic spiral and take advantage, quickly, of the boost in national profile by their Big 12 move. And the best way to do that? Win.
Miami seems happy to tell anyone that will listen that the Hurricanes are committed to the ACC. That’s wonderful as I’m also committed to not pursuing a wedding with Megan Fox because I don’t have the option. And just like me, the Hurricanes don’t have another option. Weeks ago, their administration spoke out that even if Florida State and Clemson desired Big 12 membership, the academic standards of their landing spot weren’t up to par with the ACC. That’s true and now as the details of the ESPN television deal revealed a conference in the second-tier nationally, Miami possesses no way of moving elsewhere. The SEC doesn’t need them. The Big Ten won’t have them. The Pac 12 makes little sense. So the Big 12, the only conference with a serious eye toward expansion, could have provided a seat at the big boy table but again, those pesky GPA’s got in the way. It’s an admirable stance but something tells me the NFL alums of the U won’t like it when the Hurricanes are chasing Champs Sports bowl appearances rather than playoff slots.