Saturday, September 22, 2012

124 Division I College Football Teams! Stop it!

Currently there are 124 Division I College Football teams.  Last year there were 120, enough already.  Division I should not be expanding, it should be contracting.

Think about it, Eastern Michigan and Middle Tennessee are in the same division as Alabama and USC.  This is wrong on many levels.  College football should not have more than 60 teams in the same division.

College football should have several tiers and these tiers should be divided up by how well teams recruit and perform over a three year period.  Every three years a certain amount of teams that finished with the worst records in their conference will drop down a tier, and the same amount of teams that finished at the top of their conference will move up.

So, with this model, a team like Indiana, who has sucked it up for the last ten years or so would move down to Tier 2, and a team like Ohio University, who has been tearing up the MAC would move up to Tier 1.

This model would help motivate players in Tier 2 to perform well to propel their team to the Tier 1 level.  It would also help teams with recruiting who are on the cusp of moving up a tier.

There could also be stipulations where the team that wins the Tier 2 and Tier 3 playoffs automatically moves up a tier the following year replacing the worst placed finishing teams in Tier 1 and Tier 2.

I don't understand how the NCAA can keep adding schools to Division I and expect to keep competition at a high level.

With teams winning by more than 50 points each week, there isn't enough balance to to put a quality product on the field.  Fans are shelling out over $100 per game to watch Alabama play Western Kentucky, this is hi-way robbery.

Depending on how many Tiers that are created there would be ways to prevent these match-ups from ever happening.  Tier 1 teams could only be allowed to play other Tier 1 teams and Tier 2 teams.  Tier 2 teams would be able to play Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.  Tier 2 could play up a tier or down a tier too. and Tier 4 would only be able to play Tier 3 and Tier 4.

It is time for a change in college football.  We need a 16 team playoff in each tier and we need anywhere between three and four tiers to divide up all of these uncompetitive, pathetic teams.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Can Michigan beat UMass?

Michigan began this year with high hopes.  A potential Heisman Candidate in Denard Robinson.  The Wolverines preseason ranking was eighth, a rare top ten ranking, getting the hopes of their faithful up and stirring up a little cockiness.  Michigan fans began strutting their stuff on facebook and twitter, as if an undefeated season was in their near future.  Then the season began.

After falling to Alabama in the season opener 41-14, Michigan fell to nineteenth in the rankings.  Michigan looked unimpressive, as if they didn't realize the game was for real.  The Crimson Tide looked as if they were in mid-season form.  Michigan looked more like they were playing a Spring Game.  The game against Alabama confirmed that the better teams in the SEC are far superior than the top teams in the Big Ten.

Last Saturday Michigan faced off against Air Force.  The only other meeting against the Falcons was in 1964, in which Michigan won 24-7.  Well, they didn't win that handily Saturday.  Michigan squeaked out a pathetic 31-25 stinker of a home opener.  Against Air Force of the Mountain West conference.  It appears that Michigan is playing like a top tier MAC team not a dominant Big Ten team.  Michigan has moved up in the rankings to seventeenth, but not because of their victory over Air Force it is the direct result of Nebraska and Oklahoma State falling down out of the top 25.

This week Michigan will host UMass.  The Minutemen have played the Wolverines only once, in 2010.  In that game Michigan got off to a good start, then they stuttered and almost gave up the lead to a less talented team.  Michigan pulled off the victory, barely, 42-37.  With the way they have been playing an upset is very possible but not probable.  UMass lost their season opener to UConn 37-0, then they lost their home opener to Indiana 45-6.  This is the first year for UMass in FBS.  Their running back, Mike Cox graduated from Michigan las spring after playing for them from 2008-2011 as a back-up.  UMass's quarterback Mike Wegzyn is originally from the Detroit area.

Expect Denard Robinson to light up UMass for over 200 passing yards and 200 running yards as he did against Air Force, just don't expect the Michigan defense to put up much of a fight against the stagnant offense of UMass.

MAC teams always pose a threat to Big Ten teams as they play bigger and better in the lop-sided match-ups.  Look no further than Michigan's loss to Toledo in 2008 and Penn State's loss to Ohio University in week one this year.

If Michigan continues to play at the level in which they have in their first two games in 2012, then it will be a long season with a lot of losses and more disappointment for fans of the Maize and Blue.