Have we talked about the CFP Selection Committee members? I've been rather "not sober" for most of the last month, so I might have missed it if there was a thread.
There are currently 12 Committee members. Of the 12 members, 2 have direct ties to Michigan (Jeff Long, Herb Deromedi), one has ties to MSU (Ty Willingham), and of course there's Uncle Barry from Wisconsin.
Does the composition of the Committee help or hurt our chances to get in? They did keep us at 3 even after losing to Iowa.
Ryan McGee at ESPN counters the current talk of 8 teams being the perfect playoff amount with some good points about keeping it at 4. I recognize there are legitimate good points on both sides of this argument, but believe 4 is the right number for many reasons, chief among them being how it makes the year end games actual do or die, win or you're out games, which ratchets up the pressure and the pain of loss considerably, thus keeping the regular season, each game, critical, unlike the NFL. Brian has written often of his six team playoff idea, which I could support, but not 8, and I agree with his reasoning then that (paraphrased) "there has never been a year on the modern era where there were 8 teams worthy of being a champion."
"Look no further than The Game. Whenever Michigan and Ohio State share a field, there will be excitement and anger and people who have dressed their babies up like Woody and Bo. But think about the situation Saturday morning, with all that was on the line. Anyone who says there wasn't an extra level of electricity to that game didn't watch it."
In 2006 after #2 Michigan lost to #1 Ohio State in a nail-biter, Lloyd gracefully stepped away and let the pundits and talking heads make of it what they will.
Meanwhile, Urban Meyer *ahem* dubiously lobbied long and loudly for Florida to be included in the BCS championship game. It worked, and Florida got to take advantage of an opportunity that could have been ours.
Let’s not make that same mistake a decade later.
We have a voice now due to the internet and social media, and we have a coach that will stand up for us.
All that Zapruder analysis of a single game changing call by mere inches, and Harbaugh’s call-out of obvious referee bias . . . plus the self-evident results of a 2 OT game in Columbus OH are starting to sink in to the broader media: Michigan and Ohio State are two absolutely evenly matched teams.
CFP #2A and #2B.
If the CFP committee thinks that Ohio State is one of the 4 best teams, then they have to think that Michigan is one of the 4 best teams. If Ohio State goes, we go. Both of us go or neither of us goes.
This truth is starting to take hold in the media at large after they have had some time to absorb the full results of The Game. And you know that the CFP committee is paying attention. When even guys like Pat Forde start to make the case for Michigan in the CFP, you know you have a compelling case.
It’s time to make that case.
This is an internet call to arms. Get on your soapbox and preach long and loudly: If Ohio State is one of the top 4 teams, then it is self-evident that Michigan is one of the top 4 teams.
CFP #2A and #2B.
If Ohio State goes, Michigan goes. Both of us go, or neither of us goes.
You know all that energy we as a fanbase always use to win all those “best uniforms” and “best fight song” contests? Now it’s time to use that energy for something that actually matters.
We have a compelling story to tell, and it’s time to tell it. Tell it to anyone and everyone, by all media available. Unlike 2006, we and our coach have a voice now, and people are listening.
It may ultimately work out, it may not. But a decade later, we won’t repeat the same mistake of the past by sitting quietly on our hands while other programs out-hustle us.
If so, why did they agree to them?
Not that many of us thought otherwise.
Also, don't know the credibility of the source either. Either way, thought is was board worthy
Jabrill Peppers' mother requiring agents to complete 41-question doc on experience, clients, NFL contacts, etc (via @InsideTheLeague)