Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

Let me dream just a little

The preseason top 25 rankings for college football were released recently and with it, in some sense, ends possibilities for teams before a single down is even played.

The top tier of college football relies so heavily on “rankings”, which are really just the opinions of a bunch of gasbag sportswriters like me and the opinions of coaches. And we’ve already buried some teams into mediocrity before the season has begun.

There’s no team in college football who could start the season way down in the polls and end up qualifying for the College Football Playoff. Out of the 132 FBS teams in the country, only about 20-25 really have any legitimate shot at competing for a national title. A team who’s sitting 60-70th in the rankings can’t compete for a national title pretty much no matter what. You can in college basketball and everyone loves it.

Sure, there’s a playoff now like there wasn’t in the past, but even that has a group of college football experts like Condoleezza Rice sitting in a room selecting the top four teams. And I’m sure they’re focused on the integrity of the game instead of the NCAA’s bottom line. *Rolls eyes*

This isn’t just some “Expand the playoff to include everyone!” columns. I do feel the playoff should be expanded beyond four teams, but I really think my idea would make things interesting.

My proposal includes a 12-team end of the year tournament which would include the 10 winners of each of the FBS conferences earning automatic bids with the top two other teams being the top teams in the polls who didn’t win a conference championship.

You would give a first-round bye to the top four conference champions based on their rankings in the polls, and play it out from there. It could bring all the drama we love to watch in March into the football arena.

Can you imagine the Sun Belt Champion Western Kentucky Mountaineers upsetting a team like Alabama or Oregon in the first round of the tournament? And if you’re turning up your nose at the thought of that, you give too much credit to traditional powerhouses. There’s no such thing as a poor conference champion team. And we’ll probably see a few of those traditional powerhouses lose to FCS teams in the coming weeks as well.

I suppose the adoption of this policy would force Notre Dame to join a conference, unless they feel confident about their chances about coming in the top five consistently ,but I’ll trust they figure that out.

Plus this might put an end to traditional bowls like the Rose Bowl which features the Big Ten Champion against the Pac 12 Champion, but forget about totally valid and fair complaints about my dream system and just let me enjoy it!

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

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