(Now that we are finally into fall, a Jersey Guy offers his views on the always changing world of CFB)
Thank heavens we are finally into the conference portion of the college football season, so we can put an end to the constant speculation about the best conference in college football. It’s all horse poop, because each conference has different parameters involving scheduling and different variables: Eight games, nine games. Easy non-conference schedule, tough non-conference schedule, round robin, unbalanced schedule. And spare me the made-for-television games such as Alabama-FSU, Ohio State-Oklahoma, USC-Texas. They are showcase games, generally played in the first few weeks of the season before anyone can judge who is good and who isn’t.
A more reasonable comparison would be to simply pick the best team from each conference and leave it at that. Right now here’s our choices from the Power 5 and a pair of wild cards from the Mountain West and American.
SEC–Alabama (there isn’t a close second)
Big 12–Oklahoma (shakily)
Big 10–Wisconsin (see Washington)
ACC-Clemson (watch out for Virginia Tech)
American–South Florida (untested)
MWC–San Diego State (might be best team in California, as well)
Having said that, let me briefly focus on the Pac-12, whose Late Night antics on Saturdays are superbly chronicled by our very own Pac-12 insider, Rankman.
As entertaining as the conference may be, if it wants to seriously be considered for any honors or awards, it needs to join the real (but not ideal) world of college football, it needs to stop scheduling games which end at 2:30 in the morning in the East (UCLA-Stanford). The Pac has so many late night games that most of the country doesn’t find out who won until Monday–ridiculous in the cyber speed world we live in). In the cases of a few of its teams (Arizona, Arizona State) no one really cares, of course.
But the league goes about its business, with is own television deals–ask Rankmkan how he likes the Pac-12 network TV deal–on its own schedule. If it wants rankings and awards, it needs to do what the rest of college football has done. Sell its soul to TV and schedule games at 10:30 in the morning, rather than 10:30 at night.
The pity of it all is that the conference has some really good teams and characters. There isn’t a better show right now than Washington and Washington State, who are a combined 8-0. How many people outside of Spokane, or Chino HIlls (TMG World Headquarters), know that?
If the Pac-12 wants serious Heisman contenders, or contenders to be taken seriously or its teams to get more respect, it needs to put them into the 1 pm to 11 pm Eastern time slots on Saturday for maximum exposure.
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