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Hot Sports Prediction Before The Final Four Announcement

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida State
4. Ohio State
5. Baylor
6. TCU

  • I said three weeks ago that the Committee would shoehorn Ohio State in there if they had any legitimate reason to do so. They do now.
  • ESPN and TV have tremendous power. Ohio State means ratings in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, et. al. as well as the general college football fan. Baylor and TCU don't bring that.  
  • I think Baylor jumps TCU so the Committee can give head to head, and the Committee, some credibility -- that's the only reason. 
  • The only thing which gives me pause about my predicted order is that they moved TCU to #3 above Florida State last week. My "shoehorn" theory about Ohio State has a flaw there. My predicted order of finish would be a no-brainer if they had put TCU at #4 last week.
  • But if they put TCU in the Final Four, they catch criticism for leaving Ohio State out and for letting them stay above Baylor after losing head to head. Putting Ohio State in is the safe political choice. 
  • This stuff is really fun.  Couldn't be prouder. 
  • If Baylor had to pay for the amount of TV time that "Baylor" has been seen or mentioned over the last two days, it would cost multi-millions of dollars. Same goes for TCU. 
  • I don't know if it is possible, but if Baylor and TCU are both left out, it would be epic to put them both in the Cotton Bowl for a rematch on a neutral field. 
Art Briles Chewing Out Big 12 Commissioner last night for not declaring "One True Champion". Why? Because he said he would back last summer during "media days":

Edit: Boom!!!! I'm un-retiring my Sports Genius status!

Double edit (stolen from someone else): You put a Longhorn sticker or a Sooner sticker on the side of the helmets of Baylor and TCU then one, or both, are in. 


Anonymous said...

Bear fan here. Husband and I have thought the same thing for weeks. I seriously doubt there were any of the "heated arguments" last night that the broadcasters keep talking about. The committee is relieved that they got the scenario they wanted. I think they just threw the Big 12 a bone by sticking TCU up there for a bit. I hate to be cynical, but tv ratings are one of the committee's top criteria and it'll be hard to convince me otherwise.

Nonetheless, I'm glad for our Bears.


Anonymous said...

Damn, Barry. You nailed it.

Anonymous said...

Nailed it.

TV ratings win. College football loses.

Anonymous said...

Barry Alvarez (UW AD) wasn't going to sit back and not let a big 10 team be in playoffs with a one loss season....even though the lose was to an unranked team AND went into overtime with an unranked team. I think the play offs and bowls will be interesting!

RPM said...

TCU was robbed.

Anonymous said...

Big 12...or 9 or 10...whatever it is...SUICIDE WATCH!

Anonymous said...


The year the NCAA(meaning, ESPN) screwed the Big 12.

Anonymous said...

Skippy, Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back. Even Stevie Wonder could see that one coming.

Anonymous said...

Five bucks says the big 12 commish told Paterson and Briles to keep it cool on camera.
They both were too happy.
Understand, too, that both schools can claim conference champs.

Anonymous said...

Wow, BG. You may be a liberal weenie, but you were spot on. Congrats, my friend.

Anonymous said...

It's Obammies fault.