NCAA President Mark Emmert was at the Final Four this weekend in New Orleans and of course was approached by the media about a possible playoff. Emmert did acknowledge its not his decision (when will people figure this out!) but that there is a sentiment to move towards an eight team playoff. Now let me put this in perspective for you, before you get to excited. Yes, I would love an eight team playoff, however Emmert not only doesn't make the decision, and he has virtually no influence on the college football landscape. Secondly it is in his best interest and those of smaller leagues and or fledgling leagues (The Big East) to keep the discussion in the public's eye to at least eight teams. This would keep everyone involved in some way and keep some credibility to the structure of new conferences. As it stands today the Pac 12, Big 10, SEC and Big 12 are the most likely suitors year in and year out for the BCS title. The bottom line is public discussion is good, but the BCS leagues commissioners and presidents will determine the future of the college football post season.
Spring Football Weekend Review
LSU finished up its practice with Zach Mettenberger as the starting quarterback throwing two touchdowns in the spring game. The game was not televised but by the looks of the statistics it sound like the Tigers are still a run first team with the big play down the field coming from the passing game. Mettenberger threw for 270 yards on just 14 completions. I believe that Mettenberger has the skill set to improve the intermediate passing game which can and will take pressure off the run game. This is important in match ups with teams like Alabama.
Georgia's Mark Richt is trying to avoid answering questions about off field issues, but they have effected is on field depth chart. Georgia has avoided a tailback controversy to this point by spreading the wealth and developing some depth. The offensive line is once again a work in progress but the talent is there. My biggest concern is the passing game and the receivers. With Malcolm Mitchell working at defensive back, Heisman candidate Aaron Murray does not have an established go to guy. He was 9-18 Saturday and the spring is probably not that important, but the summer will be with developing continuity.
As I predicted AJ McCarron at Alabama is having a great spring. He really elevated his game versus LSU and that confidence is carrying over in March. One thing that may be concerning for the Tide is the inability to run the ball this spring. Remember this is the first time in a long time that Ingram or Richardson are not dotting the I. I think its a combination of freshman running back Dee Hart filling in for Eddie Lacy and the fact that it is spring and Bama's defense is loading up on the run. I like Hart to win the back up job with Jalston Fowler maybe becoming the short yardage guy.
On the Plains, the Tigers are implementing a new defense and offense under Gene Chizik. Kiel Frazier is getting a lot of work this week with Clint Moseley experiencing shoulder problems. Most folks thought Frazier's days were numbered once Malzahn left but the kid is grasping new coordinator Scott Loefflers system quickly. He engineered two scoring drives on Saturday drawing praise from Gene Chizik. This think about Frazier is that is skill set has a higher ceiling in my opinion than Moseley. I don't think he is just a spread guy and his arm strength and mobility would fit nicely into any system. The question is can he lead and SEC program? Leadership is so important at the quarterback position and many schools are trying to find out who is the guy this spring.