When the Bowl Championship Series left Auburn out of the 2004 title game, the Southeast Conference never “lost” another debate over its inclusion in the BCS championship, going so far as to place two teams in the title game in 2011 as the charade itself fell apart soon thereafter.
In the first year of the College Football Playoff, the Alabama Crimson Tide were exposed in the semifinals, and since then, the CFP has done its best to make sure there’s always an SEC team in the title game—and this year is no exception.
It just never ends with this “sport” in terms of blatant corruption and lack of credibility, does it?
Now, the latest escapade involves SEC officials and their blatant efforts on national TV to hurt the No. 1 overall teams in multiple sabermetric ranking systems just to avoid that team in the title game its own champion had already slid into based on laughable CFP rankings.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were victims of (at least) three laughable calls which national media experts have lambasted in the 24 hours since the game between the Buckeyes and the Clemson Tigers, the No. 2-ranked team in those sabermetric calculations.
This is not meant to take anything away from Clemson, the defending national champions who own a 29-game winning streak right now. It is meant to emphasize just how corrupt the SEC—and by extension, the CFP—is in modern-day football.
For what it’s worth, SEC officials made the following rulings:
- Offensive players can lower their helmets to draw targeting penalties;
- Punters can initiate contact and grab the face mask/helmet of a defender to draw a personal foul;
- Receivers can catch a ball with their hands and possess it for four seconds and still have it ruled incomplete.
As noted above, the national media pointed out all these flaws in real time, to no avail, of course. This was the same SEC crew, by the way, that made so many controversial calls in the Iron Bowl last month between Alabama and Auburn.
No suspension; no review—just the opportunity to officiate the biggest game of the year, between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country.
The CFP gave LSU a pass into the finals by moving the third-best team in the country to the No. 1 seed, and now, SEC officials helped eliminate the No. 1 team in the country from reaching that final— not to mention another bonanza financially of pairing an ACC team with an SEC team in the final that no one outside the former Confederate states will watch.
Try to explain again why the CFP has any credibility left. We stated it midseason, and we will reiterate here: This is the most corrupt sport on the planet, this side of international soccer, and that’s saying something.
We’re done with it.