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We should eliminate SECCG in 2014, stay East and West. Then the conference would not eliminate a top team that loses SECCG that late in the season. I would rather have 2 or 3 teams in finals than 1. If the goal is truly winning the NC, there is no home field advantage like the NFL. It hurts losing the last week of the regular season. Plus we would just be thumbing our noses at the whole system.
I disagree. The SECCG prepares the winner for the NCG.
If the conference hasn't been winning the past 7 trophies, complaining about the game would have less relevance.
Interesting...but that would help the conference in the 4 team playoff. The SEC CG will always eliminate the loser. Even if it is very close.
It is truly a semi-final game, so what would be the difference? You would probally be least beat up if the games are played in back to back weekends for the championship.
A playoff is really a play in.
The SECCG is currently a play in.
Even as a fan of the team that fell short in the SECCG, I can't complain because we had our own playoff game. If we won, we were in.
We didn't have that luxury in 2002 and 2007.
I'm content with the fact that we had our opportunity. A lot of teams in the country who were good teams didn't have that opportunity this season.
It will be a disadvantage to play in the SECCG. It creates a way for UF to get in there while not even winning the division. I say scrap it in 2014. Sad but true.
Play an extra SEC game in the season to strengthen our schedules, and have a true East & West Champ
I know we lost our chance this year, I am not happy or complaining. We knew the rules and we didn't make it. I am just saying with saying with the current rankings system, the conference would fair better in the playoffs without the SECCG.
I love the idea of extending the regular season. A lot of SEC fans like the 9 game conference schedules. I like having as many home games as possible (something that would be lost every other year with the 9 conference game format).
That said, I love the SECCG. It is what sets our conference above and apart.
I don't think it is a dinosaur, yet.
It would be better for the SEC without the SECCG (assuming the SEC is still prepped enough to keep winning the championship).
However, if the major conferences still have their conference championship game, i don't see it as a loss for college football. The conference championship game is amplified and a playin for more teams (that's what playoffs do to the regular season. It makes the championship a reality for more teams. And hopefully, that makes football interesting for a larger fanbase with more passion).
I think the real answer is to change the rankings system. Get the best 4 teams, somewhat like march madness, not where you are ranked at the time.
I think that is the intent of the rankings. After the conference championship games, it is presumed that those are the 4 best teams.
Obviouslly, there will always be a flaw when you take a snapshot at one moment in time.
Teams that earned their top 4 ranking will struggle (injuries, suspensions, coaches leaving, and not handling the distractions of a long layoff).
But that's all a playoff ever is. Taking the top so many teams after one designated week and moving forward from there.
The thing they need to change is using us as an example-was UF sitting in the cat birds seat by not having to play. Why should we fall below them,after winning our division, other than the is way it has always been. It might come down to 4 superconfernces with 16-20 each, you do not win the conference you do not get in. Somewhat like the NFL.
We both know it will come down to the way they can make the most money out of the situation. They could not sell the whole lot of TV time with a playoff with 2or3 SEC teams in their.
I agree that the 4 conference champions are "presumed" to be the best 4. I still feel that limiting the playoff to 4 leaves a little to be desired. If you had 8 I don't think anyone would argue that within the top 8 "human ranked" polls that the best team is not in there. I felt that this year UGA was a better team than others in the final 4. We were ranked #3 behind Bama but because of the additional loss we were droppped to 5. In a top 8 scenario I believe that there would have been a better chance at getting the best 2 teams for the championship game. I know they do not want to prolong the season to 3 additional games for the top 2 but that is what I think would give the best potential for a true championship game.
The CCG will hurt the loser when the playoff starts, but with 14 (or more) teams it's the only way to crown a true conference champ. Without the CCG you might as well split the divisions into separate conferences.
"...this is the game plan, we have no alternate plan"-Erskine Russell
the atmosphere is next transcendent. better than any (other) bowl game.
I can guarantee you the first time Bama loses the SECCG conference game as the favorite and doesn't get into the 4 team playoff, that game will be history...lol.
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