The Alabama Crimson Tide beat Georgia to win the SEC Championship on Saturday. Alabama improved to 12-1, with its only loss coming to the Texas Longhorns.
The Longhorns are also in the College Football Playoff hunt, and it’s entirely possible there will be five deserving teams for a Playoff spot by the end of the night on Saturday with Michigan, Washington, Florida State, Texas and Alabama. And some may also argue Georgia, to make it six deserving teams.
But as the SEC Champions, the Crimson Tide should certainly be in the conversation, however they could get squeezed if Michigan, Washington and Florida State are undefeated, while Texas is a one-loss Big 12 Champion, with a head-to-head win over… Alabama.
So how are the higher ups at Alabama trying to make their case? By arguing they might just stop scheduling tough non-conference games if they don’t get in this year.
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne told the Tuscaloosa News on Saturday, “If we would have played a Group of Five game instead it Texas, there’d be no debate right now.”
So now, we get the Alabama AD suggesting he should’ve played a softer non-conference schedule? Stop.
The SEC already gets away with only playing eight conference games, along with scheduling four non-conference games, usually three cupcakes, including a nice lay up in late November, which is basically like a bye week.
They get away with this because the college football media allows them to, and no one ever calls them out on it. The SEC and ACC are the only two Power leagues who still play only eight conference games, but in the case of Florida State, they at least also had LSU and Florida on their schedule.
These are just lame excuses from an AD who is trying to shill on behalf of his program and conference. And I can’t imagine anyone in the College Football Playoff committee room is being swayed by it. Or at least I hope not.
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