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March Madness upsets sparking the College Football Playoff argument again

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The Atlantic Sun champions from Mercer took advantage of their 14-seed by taking down Duke in the first round in Raleigh, North Carolina Friday afternoon. As is expected whenever something like this happens in the world of college basketball, the inevitable question about seeing something similar happen in college football popped up on Twitter.

Again, comparing college football to college basketball is like comparing apples and oranges. There are too many differences between the two sports and the way they operate to even make it a worthwhile discussion. Even with the start of the brand new College Football Playoff coming our way this 2014 season is not enough to start making comparisons between the two sports and their respective postseason formats.

College football has the BCS busters that have provided some great memories and moments at times. Boise State was put on a map thanks to their trademark blue turf, but it was an upset of Oklahoma that made the Broncos a legitimate household name. Utah managed to win a pair of BCS bowl games against Pittsburgh and Alabama, no small feat that has helped raise their profile to be attractive enough for an invite to join the Pac 10 (now the Pac 12, of course). Others, such as Hawaii and Northern Illinois, have been less fortunate against the bluebloods of the sport, which is similar to the fate most of the heavy underdogs in basketball’s postseason experience.

It’s true. Imaginations run wild when Dayton beats Ohio State and Florida Gulf Coast beats Georgetown, but we are collectively reluctant to embrace the same when Boise State crashes a BCS bowl game or Northern Illinois or Fresno State are making a run. Why is that? For some reason when it comes to football, many prefer to see the teams with the most talent play because the expectation is a more competitive game is more likely.

Instead of spending time wishing college football’s playoff system set a stage for similar March Madness drama or arguing in favor of the sanctity of the regular season, maybe we should just enjoy each sport for what they are. Both are pretty great.

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7 Responses to “March Madness upsets sparking the College Football Playoff argument again”
  1. chunkala says: Mar 21, 2014 8:37 PM

    Sounds like a great suggestion. Let’s expand the football season to 32+ games, played 2x-3x per week and top it off with a 200+ team tournament at the end.
    This is the kind of thinking you get from people who never played a demanding sport or probably any sport for that matter.

  2. dmcgrann says: Mar 22, 2014 1:53 AM

    Here’s your barroom bet of a lifetime. You have to read for comprehension.

    There is only one school that has ever won the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and the NCAA Division I Football Championship. In any years, not the same year (That’s never been done).

    Your keyword is “NCAA”.

    The answer is Villanova.

  3. huskerzfan says: Mar 22, 2014 8:59 AM

    Every year we are treated to the same old tired BS about how college basketball gets it right and college football is antiquated and behind the times.

    Sad, really.

    Sad in that people are more influenced by drama and Cinderella stories than actually identifying and rewarding the best team.

    Yes, the NCAA Men’s Tournament is great entertainment, and will likely never change much due to that entertainment value perspective.

    However, the notion that men’s college basketball actually crowns a champion in a fair and balanced way is completely absurd. Teams play 30+ game seasons to then only play in a single elimination tournament?

    Upsets are great, and fuel much of the love for the NCAA Tournament, but Chris Vannini is right. Come time for the Final Four and the actual crowning of the champ, the teams from the elite conferences will be the ones left in the mix. Sure, stories like Butler, and VCU, and George Mason are all feel good stories, but those teams and stories are few and far between.

    The entire premise of a single elimination tournament is what gives the little guy a chance. Especially in a much less physical sport like basketball in which a player or two can greatly sway the outcome of a single game, even when facing much greater talent.

    In reality, does anybody truly want to watch Mercer battle it out with Stephen F Austin for the NCAA Championship? No. We want to see Michigan State vs Louisville, or Florida vs Arizona. Teams that have actually proven they are high end quality teams and have truly earned the right to play for a championship.

    Could you imagine an NBA end of season single elimination tournament? Hell, the 76ers would still have a chance.

  4. mrtreyseven says: Mar 22, 2014 10:09 AM

    so we honestly believe Daytons football team would beat Ohio St. get real the best of the best or at least most recognized recruits go to the top program and others trickle down to fill voids. You seriously want a kid that went to a private school that only won 2 games in high school weighs 185 playing middle linebacker going up against Gurley from UGA or Andre Williams from BC or Carlos Hyde get real people unlike basketball football is not a recreational sport, everybody cant and womt play it

  5. wabbitslayer says: Mar 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    You think it’s bad now…just wait until Mercer’s football team does the same thing this fall !!!

  6. musketmaniac says: Mar 23, 2014 9:02 PM

    All this expansion and mid major injustice has college sports heading down one road. And everyone will be better off at the end, then stuck on the road. SUPER CONFERENCE six 16 team conferences with subdivision. Example the Mac would be the big tens under conference. Four team conference football championship with one seed going to the mac.

  7. tngilmer says: Mar 24, 2014 4:05 PM

    Cut the season back to 10 games and have a 16 game playoff like in D IAA, D2, or D3. I know the cry will be that it would not be affordable. Well, abolish all athletic scholarships, go on need based scholarships only, or, in the alternative, go to single platoon football.

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