We have officially reached that point in the season. You know, the point where coaches, players and even conference commissioners start making their pitch to the College Football Playoff committee.
On Friday, it was Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. Saturday, we saw SEC commissioner Greg Sankey join the party.
During a segment on College GameDay, Sankey went to the defense of one of the league’s contenders, Florida. In doing so, he also took an underlying shot at Ohio State and the Big Ten.
“Florida will have to play eight straight weeks through our championship game,” Sankey said, via AL.com. “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we have some conferences that aren’t even going to play eight games in their schedule.”
Of course, it isn’t only the Big Ten who will be playing less than eight games. The Pac-12 is also included in the comment, but that conference isn’t in a position for a Playoff spot.
The SEC, on the other hand, is battling it out with Ohio State, the ACC and others in order to get a second team in. That’s why it makes sense that Sankey is putting his foot on the gas here.
“Playing games matters,” he continued. “The Playoff selection committee has said that. We have a chance to demonstrate the excellent football in the Southeastern Conference today. I really didn’t have any pushback from our teams. They’re ready to play and have these opportunities. I think playing games matters.
Candidly, you take the Texas A&M-Florida game. We added that to our schedule when we went from 8 conference games to 10. You take that game away and Florida is undefeated, and Texas A&M only has the loss at Alabama and it’s a different world. So, the question is — are we going to be rewarded for playing games or rewarded for not playing games?”
Whether you want to admit it or not, the man has a point.
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