Urban Meyer on the difficult task of the Playoff committee: 'This is going to go down in the history books'
The SEC, Big 12 and ACC are playing football this fall. The Big Ten wasn’t. Now it is. The Pac-12 might soon return to the field, too.
This is a mess for everyone, but particularly for those who are on the College Football Playoff selection committee.
On FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff” on Saturday morning, analyst Urban Meyer explained how this crazy scheduling year will lead to an unprecedented series of decisions for the selection committee (via 247Sports):
“The impact of scheduling is unprecedented,” Meyer said. “This is going to go down in the history books.
“What happens if Ohio State is 6-0, and then there’s the SEC. I mean, I’m telling you, every single week you’re in a four-to-five point game. When you look at Ohio State’s Big Ten schedule, to me it’s all like Clemson. Clemson will be a three-touchdown favorite in almost every game. Then you look at Alabama and LSU… LSU has four games within a six-week period against Top-11 teams.
“So, I don’t know how you do this. If you’re the Playoff committee: expect the worst, react to the best. What does that mean? Start this conversation now! So whatever criteria you had before, you better be rethinking it now and asking is that fair? You’re going to have some teams just blow out all the way through, and then you look at that SEC schedule — unprecedented. The SEC has been built on, “let’s get to the College Football Playoff.” You know, they are playing FCS teams before rivalry games. Now, they are playing 10 conference games, with that schedule. To me, there’s now a complete shift in college football this year. I’m curious to see what those conversations are behind closed doors.”
Clemson looks good right now, as does Oklahoma. The SEC hasn’t started yet and the Big Ten won’t start for a few weeks.
Who will be left standing at the end of the year? The committee won’t have an envious job this year, that’s for sure!