The third edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were released today, and we’ve seen another conspiracy theory appear because, of course.
Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt has floated his fair share around, but his latest one belongs to John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World. Like Joel Klatt, he alleges that the committee is deliberately trying to exclude the Big 12 conference.
Adding to that theory, Hoover poses the theory that TV networks and negotiating power are at play in compiling the rankings.
“The best way for the college football movers and shakers to gain real bargaining power over ESPN and other television networks is for the best of the Power 5 conferences to congeal into four, 16-team superconferences. The leagues and schools would hold all the cards in the board room and could name their own price for the rights to broadcast their games,” he stated.
“The best way to make that happen is to dissolve the weakest of the Power 5 conferences — the Big 12 — and absorb the best of the Big 12 into the others.
“And the best way to accomplish that is to take measures to lessen the chances of the Big 12 getting a spot in the four-team playoff. That will frustrate the Big 12’s best teams and best programs into wanting to leave, and if an OU or a Texas wants to leave, the Big 12 is doomed and it’ll be every school for itself.”
Hoover does make it clear that he is simply posing a theory, not a fact. Although it does make some sense.
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