Rumors of the Southeastern Conference’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. When all the data has been crunched, the SEC still comes out as the best conference in the FBS (based on average power rating of each member).
The season is over and Ohio State has been crowned the National Champions. Interestingly enough, they did not finish #1 in my rankings. They had too much ground to make up in the post-season. So who is my #1 team then? Congratulations to TCU! Do I think TCU is better than Ohio State? If they played 10 teams on a neutral field, I believe Ohio State would win 7 times. But in my rankings, TCU finishes ahead. Remember, Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech.
The regular season is now over. Time for the playoffs. Seattle ends the season where they started. Number 1. Best defense again. So who’s in? In the AFC, New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver won their divisions. Baltimore and Cincinnati grabbed the wildcards. In the NFC, Dallas, Green Bay, Carolina???, and Seattle won their divisions. Green Bay and Arizona grabbed the wildcards. So who got left out? Philadelphia went 10-6 and missed the playoffs. So did Kansas City (9-7), Buffalo (9-7), San Diego (9-7), Miami (8-8) and San Francisco (8-8). All had better records than Carolina. And speaking of Carolina, they host Arizona next week. They win their division with a record of 7-8-1 and get rewarded by playing an opponent that has no quarterback to speak of right now. Meanwhile Dallas (12-4) hosts Detroit (11-5). Dallas has to be saying ‘What the heck?’
The teams that surprised me the most were Dallas and Buffalo. The teams that were the most disappointing had to be New Orleans and Atlanta. I really thought it would be a battle between the two of the them for the division, and it was to an extent. Just not the way I thought it would go. I thought each of them would have at least 10 wins this season.
The playoffs are set. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State. I expected that after watching the games on Saturday. Are they the most deserving? It’s debatable. Alabama and Oregon definitely belong. Florida State belongs if you believe that a team’s record is the best way to measure their performance. Ohio State? I don’t know. They looked good Saturday night, but the three games before that, they beat Minnesota by 7, Indiana by 15 and Michigan by 14. Not exactly a tough stretch of games, and none of the wins were too impressive. Just proves my point that humans can’t remember too far back when it comes to football.