Listen: Greg, Football And UCF discussed on This Weekend with Gordon Deal
"The regular season is over the bowl matchups are set. And now, we have weeping and gnashing of teeth over which teams have been left out of the college football playoff. Plus a call to expand the format from four to perhaps eight or even sixteen teams sports columnist. Greg more at the Arizona Republic too. Many people are having the wrong debate first off. However, he says the university of central Florida undefeated in two straight seasons has a gripe that merits consideration since it has not been invited to compete for a national championship. Greg. What do we have what we've got is a playoff system where teams from the largest conferences have an opportunity to compete for the national championship. We've had this playoff for five years now and in the five years we've never had a school outside of what they call the power five conferences with the exception of Notre Dame. But everybody recognizes Notre Dame as part of the for a lot of different. Reasons. Plus Notre Dame's just Notre Dame table that for a second and consider a school such as UCF. Well, nobody beats them. This is the second year in a row they're kicking everybody's tail and they don't have an opportunity to compete for the national championship. And is that not unfair on its face. Okay. Then the other side of that argument is actually, but do we really think that a school like a school that doesn't compete at the highest level of college football competition could reasonably compete with Alabama could reasonably compete with Clemson could reasonably compete with the larger more traditional powerhouse school. If a school such as you Boise state before it Utah before it wants to make it to that top tier do they need to prove that they're a dominant program rather than just a flash in the pan. Great team now. Now, those are the two sides of the argument, and I've got thoughts about what we ought to do with that. Okay. So for me like, you know, kind of casual observer here, it strikes me that the season is so long you want to add a couple of playoff games. Maybe trim a couple of regular season ones. So you're not wearing these kids out. They are students after all. That's a piece of it. And for me that kind of segues into what I think ought to be the thing were discussing if we're talking about reforming or overhauling college football. Why in the world aren't we kicking the biggest fish that needs frying? Why aren't we picking the biggest fight that we can fight to do the most good? Why aren't we focusing on the needs of the student athletes? If you expand the playoff to eight or sixteen team that means more teams will be driven to function as pro football factories, the kinds of places where there is a lot of pressure on coaches. Therefore, there will be a lot of pressure on student athletes, and it is not the kind of pressure that translates to the classroom. It's the kind of pressure that translates to the field. We're speaking of Greg more sports columnist at the Arizona Republic part of the USA today network as written interesting piece about the university of central Florida undefeated now for the second year in a row. Oh, and college football. And he says does UCF prove it's time to expand the college football playoff to eight or sixteen teams going to break this down. I guess to to this simple atypical sports argument here can UCF compete on that level with an Alabama. Clemson. Yes, sure. Why? Not right. I mean, look the history of sports is riddled with David and Goliath story. That's why we play the game. Right. That's why the NCAA basketball tournament has so much intrigue. We look at the so-called Cinderella teams every year visit team nobody's ever heard of from a state. That's not a state right from a school with four or five directions in its name a named after a guy. We don't know these school, and then they step up, and they compete at a level that sucks the fall. And that's something that we love to see again. The history of sports is riddled with these sorts of stories. So can you see us compete with Alabama? So why not again that to me is not the thing? We need to be talking about. If you continue to do what you see is doing. There will be a solution. A few years back Utah forced its way into the Pac twelve in part by being so dominant in its class in the athletic class that had been competing at least sorts of things sort themselves out. But again, we've got to be focusing on the student athletes. Thanks, greg. Greg more sports columnist at the Arizona Republic. It is twenty minutes now in front of the hour on this weekend.."