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Pac-12 Championship Game reminder

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I know I read this when it was first announced but Kliavkoff mentioned it today in his opening statement for the Pac-12 Media Day and it is important to remember...

The Pac-12 Championship Game in football will be between the 2 teams with the highest CONFERENCE WINNING PERCENTAGES.

Therefore winning a Division is no guarantee of playing for a championship just as finishing in 2nd place in a Division could also put you in the title game.

Also, to use Oregon as an example, winning or losing against Georgia will have no impact on whether Oregon plays for a Conference Championship.

Obviously the worst case scenario is to have a competitive and balanced Division in which teams are beating up each other.

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All of which means nothing unless the national championship format is changed so that the conference champions get guaranteed entrance into the national championship playoffs. With Kliavkoff's attitude, and direction, no Pac team will go undefeated during the season, not even with USC/UCLA gone. Under present format no Pac team will ever make it to the national playoffs. - - - - - - -  Guaranteed. 

The national playoff format has to change for any Pac team to get in. 

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On 7/30/2022 at 5:48 PM, BigDucksFan said:

 

The national playoff format has to change for any Pac team to get in. 

Or...   the pac12 team that is ranked in the top 4 needs to keep winning. 

That is how all the other playoff teams do it. 

 

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The Playoffs are not about CONFERENCES but about INDIVIDUAL TEAMS getting in.

Oregon made it once under a previous format (Chip Kelly) and once under the current format (Mark Helfraud). So did the uw under the current format 

Oregon would have made it last season had they followed up their win against the luckeyes by winning out and decisively. They didn't.

Alabama, Michigan and Georgia had a combined 3 losses...same number as Oregon; Cincinnati was undefeated with a win over Notre Dame (its only loss).

The reality of last season was the Pac-12, B12 and ACC didn't have any Playoff worthy teams IF the goal is to put the 4 BEST TEAMS in the Playoffs.

I am not opposed to conference champions qualifying automatically for the Playoffs but...

1) That is not a decision Kliavkoff can make on his own or any Playoff format for that matter.

2) In the eyes of many, the Pac-12, beyond name only, is hardly worthy of "automatic qualifying" for a national championship. Especially given its teams who have struggled(and lost) to the best teams in the MWC these past few years.

The formula for getting to the Playoffs, regardless of the format is WIN GAMES.

 

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On 7/31/2022 at 7:59 AM, DuckSense said:

The Playoffs are not about CONFERENCES but about INDIVIDUAL TEAMS getting in.

Only works if all teams have equal strength of schedule.  Unfortunately, they do not. 

 

On 7/31/2022 at 7:59 AM, DuckSense said:

1) That is not a decision Kliavkoff can make on his own or any Playoff format for that matter.

2) In the eyes of many, the Pac-12, beyond name only, is hardly worthy of "automatic qualifying" for a national championship. Especially given its teams who have struggled(and lost) to the best teams in the MWC these past few years.

The formula for getting to the Playoffs, regardless of the format is WIN GAMES.

 

All so very true. 

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