One thing is for certain on this Monday: you are going to or have already had a passionate discussion about how your team got hosed when it came to the seeding for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
It is a simple fact. Whether you’re even a College Basketball fan or not, you have a strong opinion on where your team fell, or how a certain team should have made March Madness over some other team.
And this is why if you are a fan of the SEC and its dominance in College Football, you need to be very, very concerned about this precious playoff you wanted in lieu of the BCS. Yes, the computers that are the BCS are not a perfect system. But is a Selection Committee the best way for the nation to get the best four teams in the country?
This is something the fans of ACC Basketball are rumbling about today. Some screaming the SEC needs to listen to loud and clear, because the national bias against the best basketball conference in the country is going to come down as hard against the best football conference in the land as well.
The pulse of the nation right now in college hoops are centered around those enamored with the Butler Bulldogs, the Gonzaga Bulldogs and who might be the next one to follow in their footsteps. Meanwhile in the ACC, the Duke Blue Devils finished at No. 1 in the RPI, while the Miami Hurricanes won a tough regular season title and topped it off with an ACC Tournament Title yesterday against the North Carolina Tar Heels.
The conference was excellent and compelling as it always is, but the nation and the voters were more in tune with the mid-majors because of the lack of “star-power” in the ACC. The result was a pair of No. 2 seeds for Duke and Miami, and only two other bids to UNC and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Hear this loud and clear as well: the SEC is going to be in this same position in 2014 the ACC is in today if a committee is allowed to pick the four best teams. Paint it up and put lipstick on it ever how you want, but the reality is the hot date you think you have with Mila Kunis is really a only a late night phone call with Lennay Kekua.
The level of the competition will continue to get better, making the SEC even more of a power in football. But because of the rules set in play with the Plus One Playoff, only one school from the SEC is probably going to get a chance.
So let’s say the SEC does what it does, and ends up having like four teams with one loss in conference play while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a weak Big 10, a Pac-12 and a Big 12 team goes undefeated.
You know exactly what will happen, and this committee will have every reason to justify leaving the best two or three teams in the game that season out of the chance at a National Title.
So just get ready.
If you love the conversations you are having today in prepping your brackets, then maybe this new College Football Playoff is right for the game. But, especially if you’re a fan of the SEC, you better start asking a lot of questions and get those answers in writing before 2014 gets ready to kick off.
M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.
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