By Marc Lawrence — As we try and get through a truncated bowl season, with fingers crossed on pulling off a College Football Playoff, this has become – hands down – the craziest football season ever. As CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd says, “We all need a drink.” We also need a College Football Commissioner, especially on the heels of a sport that needed leadership and saw little in 2020. Amid COVID-19, NCAA president Mark Emmert stood on the sidelines. He allowed conferences to indulge in differing testing methods and changed rules on the fly to suit their own financial needs. (re: ACC, Big Ten.) The Pac-12 and Big Ten backed themselves into corners by starting late with no bye weeks built in. The College Football Playoff changed on the fly as well when the Rose Bowl was pulled out of Southern California in the middle of the conference championship games. College Football needs to do better. To see who it is that Dodd recommends (and I fully concur) as a full-time College Football’s Commissioner, and to read the rest of this article, click here.
Dabo Swinney knows folks in Ohio aren’t thrilled about where he ranked Ohio State in the final College Football Playoff poll (#11), but he’s not backing down from the choice. “I’m an equal opportunity guy. To me, right is right,” Swinney said. “I knew I’d be the poster child. I could probably run for governor in Michigan and have a good chance.” Swinney insists he wasn’t trying to slight the Buckeyes, but rather felt it wasn’t right to rank any team that hadn’t played a full schedule of games in the Top 10. The feeling here is he may live to eat those words.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Thinking about making a huge score with Notre Dame over Alabama on the money line (+800) in Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal contest? You may want to think again as Nick Saban is 104-1 SU in his career as a favorite of 17 or more points. The lone loss came in 2007 against lowly UL Monroe when the Crimson Tide fell, 21-14, as 24.5 chalk.