On the latest edition of the SmackCast this week, lead columnist Russ Mitchell weighed in on the NCAA continuing Georgia running back Todd Gurley’s suspension and also imposing community service on him, as well!
A preview? He ‘aint pleased.
Before you tee it up in a four-man scramble, you have to buy a mulligan.
Did the Playoff Committee get their initial ranking right? Just how catastrophic was the interception by Bo Wallace last Saturday night in Death Valley? Can Mississippi State hold up as the unbeaten top ranked team in the nation? And why is the NCAA now imposing community service as a penalty on a player not convicted of a crime?
All the answers await in the SmackCast now!
As everyone has heard countless times by now, much of this will work itself out in the weeks to come, particularly for the SEC West teams. But that begets the question why even bother with a first poll now?
Finally, an easy question.
If I was the Tsar of College Football, y’all would be so lucky.
I ranked the top four like the CFP, if not in the same order. Not that it matters. This is all an effort in Kabuki theater.
Then again, if we’ve learned one thing the past few decades, it’s that the powers behind college football and the NCAA love them some Kabuki theater.
Ahhh … it’s a four letter word: N-C-A-A.
So many investigations (or shams). So many rulings and penalties that aren’t consistent, don’t have precedence & at times don’t follow logic.
In the Made-for-TV (Read: ESPN) college football world that we live in today, it was only natural that the inaugural College Football Playoff Committee would meet and release it rankings several times before a final vote.
The E doesn’t stand for entertainment by accident.
But is it healthy for our sport that the Playoff Committee releases multiple rankings?