Tuesday, February 7, 2012

B1G Talking Home Field Play-Offs? PLEASE BE TRUE!

Don't look now:  B1G 10 leading the way for a College football playoff that would (like your MMQ predicted) have home field advantage for the first round games!

Here's the link to the Tribune story...

What's most interesting is that Delaney and most of the Big 10 schools are for looking at something that would force the southern and western schools to play in the midwest come December.  That has always been something that would level the playing field, at least in the MMQ's mind...

But there is a sinister side to this as well:  Follow the money.  A home football play-off would more than likely bring in as much dough (if not more) than a B1G Championship appearance.  Rumor has it that the B1G Championship game brought in more than the $8M it projected and will be a premier play-off game in the college football arena.

That being said, it probably didn't take long for a few of the AD's to sit up and say, "Hey, play-offs is where we're headed and if we're going to break the model anyway, why not at least be in charge and say what's what?"  Not only that, but the BTN is probably in EVERYONE'S ear (who'll listen) telling what potential projections are, etc.

So now that the B1G is leading the charge, where is this headed?

I wouldn't be surprised if some sort of "alliance" between the best of the PAC12 and the B1G end up going head to head at the end of the season as a way to dismiss the notion that the two best teams in College Football are ever again seen as being in the SEC.  If there is a play-off, you can bet that only teams from the B1G, PAC12, SEC and (right now) the ACC will be in it...The Big 12 and BEast will bust their collective hiny's and try to get back up and up to play off level conference numbers, but my guess is we're on the verge of very big change in the collegiate football landscape.

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