Alabama Soccer followers can get excited concerning the CFB Playoff Administration Committee sub-group’s plan for a 12-team Playoff discipline. With six at-large slots designated, SEC groups and particularly the Alabama Crimson Tide will profit. Even after a two-loss Alabama Soccer season, the percentages can be good the Crimson Tide would acquire one of many six at-large berths. A one-loss Crimson Tide will at all times be a lock.
The CFB Playoff sub-group informally led by the SEC’s Greg Sankey gained consensus faster than had been anticipated. There are different resolution factors earlier than the 12-team plan can develop into a actuality, however it seems any efforts to remain at 4 groups or develop to eight groups don’t have any likelihood of enough assist.
The Choice Committee may have loads of leeway to choose the most effective remaining groups after the 5 Energy 5 Champions and the highest-ranked Group of 5 group. One other program with enhanced Playoff probabilities within the proposed format is Notre Dame. Due to usually being overrated, the Combating Irish will develop into one-loss locks. Notre Dame was represented within the sub-group by its Athletic Director, Jack Swarbrick. Different sub-group members have been the Massive 12’s Bob Bowlsby and Mountain West Commissioner, Craig Thompson.
Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger broke the information first. A media announcement is predicted on Thursday.
The opposite robust characteristic of the proposal is the highest 4 seeded groups will get opening-round byes. The SEC Champion is sort of assured of being a top-four seed. Nick Saban’s Alabama Soccer machine may even be a top-four seed with out being the SEC Champion.
There may nonetheless be pushback about a number of groups every season taking part in too many video games. One other complication is an additional week can be added on the season’s entrance or again finish. There’ll doubtless be debate over decreasing the common season to 11 video games. It’s exhausting to imagine the upper-tier Energy 5 faculties can be prepared to surrender revenues from a house recreation.
The schedule of discussions going ahead, as reported by Pat Forde, is a presentation to the complete Administration Committee on June 17-18. The Faculty Soccer Playoff Board of Managers will meet per week later.
Bama Hammer will present extra particulars when they’re launched by the Faculty Soccer Playoff Choice Committee.