The conversation sauntered at a leisurely pace as we discussed all topics small and banal. The value of the conversation relying more on the camaraderie than the content. As I was about to start into my second four finger pour, the honorific chairmanship of the discussion rotated to me.
Seeing how the group consisted entirely of members of the Whiskey Swilling Cigar Chomping Football Society (and Glee Club) I decided to bring up some very important recent college football information. No, not the new playoff (though it was discussed at length). Much more important than that. It was the news that Erin Andrews will be moving from ESPN to Fox (a now rather appropriate network name). The move will have a definite impact on the choice of TV viewing during the upcoming season.
The Big Ten and PAC 12 champions will be protected in the final six games via the Rose Bowl while the SEC and Big 12 champions will be protected in the new Champions Bowl. The ACC remained relevant by keeping its champion in the protected (i.e. contract bowl) Orange Bowl. The Big East was mercifully booted from automatic qualification.
The Championship game itself will be bid out like the Super Bowl. The leaders in the pack for the inaugural game are Jerry Jones new palace in Dallas (money talks), the Rose (give the first game to the Granddaddy of them all), The Chik-fil-A in Atlanta (home of the SEC championship which is already the National Championship according to the yahoos down here in the Deep South) and Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis (home to the NCAA and the Big Ten would like the game on their home turf for a change). New Dawg Uniforms The final six bowls will be played on Dec 31 (three games at 1, 4:30 and 8pm EST) and Jan 1 (games at 1, 5 and 8:30 EST). The final game will be played on the next Monday that is at least 6 days from Jan 1st.
Now the real battle begins. Seeding the Committee with slappies that will favor your conference and deciding how to split up all that new money.
And you gotta love Steve Spurrier. He is always getting a dig in on Georgia. In an interview awhile back he was asked about moving the game against Georgia from the traditional second week to later in the season. He chortled ““I don’t know. I sort of always liked playing them that second game because you could always count on them having two or three key players suspended.” Sure enough Dawg star running back Isaiah Crowell was kicked off the team this weekend for having a Lugar in his car when he was pulled over at a police road block. Word is there were some recruits in the car too. Woof! Woof! Bulldog nation.
Remember - the GO JUMBO weekend is Oct 20 at the Las Vegas Hilton!