> > [...] if the bubble
> > team (#9 Miami) wants to whine, "we could have done that, too!"...
> > [...] all they had to do to get into the playoff [...] would
> > have been to NOT LOSE to that very same Tennessee team at home.
> Every bit of this rationale is also an argument that could easily be
> applied to the current setup.
Seriously, as my original post said: there's a big difference
between #8/#9 being "on the bubble" and #2/#3. Especially in a year
like 2003, where there are three roughly equally deserving teams, and
the #9 team (Miami) is clearly *not* nearly as deserving.
While we're on this topic, I would like to hear an argument agaisnt
playoffs which is: (1) sensible (i.e., not merely "it's traditional
that way"); and (2) not a greater argument against existing playoffs
in other divisions of football than it is against I-A football
playoffs (e.g., "a few extra games for a few schools takes too much
time away from coursework").
Chris Stassen http://www.stassen.com/chris