College Football Picks: Keep Oddsmakers Out of Playoff Decisions

Chris Andrews

Thursday, December 3, 2015 9:48 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 9:48 PM GMT

Letting the college football odds makers, bookmakers, handicappers and wiseguys pick the final four teams in the collge playoff would be a terrible mistake.

I’m hearing from people of my ilk, you know, bookmakers, college football odds makers, wiseguys and handicappers, that the committee to select the four teams to participate in the college football playoff should include some of us in the decision making process.

That’s a horrible idea.

First of all, our role as handicappers, etc. is to react to what others are doing. Not become a direct part of it.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but this would open the door for some sort of set up. We are much better off sitting back and letting those involved put their games together then we can assess the value of the matchup for our college football picks.

Secondly, I still think championships should be decided on the field.

If Iowa, a team many of us have scoffed at all season, is good enough to beat Michigan State and get through a Power Five conference undefeated, then they deserve a shot to get in the playoffs and see if they can extend the streak and walk away with the trophy.

I vote in one national poll, and I have consistently had at least 20 teams rated above Iowa. I’m not ashamed of it, or proud of it. It is simply the way my numbers work out.

That being said, I remember plenty of occasions where the best team didn’t win. I’m okay with that. It’s part of what makes sports so great. Would having a vote, a la the old BCS system be better? Heck no.

If you remember the San Francisco Giants World Series victory a few years ago, they barely made the playoffs. Voila, Bruce Bochy figures out how to use his ace, Madison Bumgardner, to the fullest extent and wins the wild card, the NLDS, the pennant and the World Series. They weren’t anywhere near the best team. But they got in and won it all. Now they are the champions.

We probably would have voted in the New England Patriots at least six times for the Super Bowl championship. Can you imagine how insufferable the New England fans would be with even more Lombardi Trophies? The Giants weren’t the best team in either of their Super Bowl wins. But they did win. Thank God for Eli Manning and Tom Caughlin.

Embrace the teams that aren’t so good but play their way into the position to win a championship. I gave a few recent examples, but think back to Jimmy Valvano running around looking for someone to hug when his North Carolina State team pulled one of the great upsets in college basketball history. Or Kirk Gibson hitting a home run on one leg in the 1989 World Series that propelled the Dodgers to an eventual victory over the seemingly invincible Oakland A’s. Go even further back to enjoy Joe Namath and the Jets beating the Baltimore Colts in a Super Bowl game that did nothing less than change the history of the NFL.

I don’t know which team I’ll be rooting for. Depends on what I bet on. But at this point, I almost hope they win it all.

If the price is right, I’ll even bet on them.

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