I guess, I'd frame the weather issue this way. It probably hasn't been the reason a team has or has not won a championship.
Frankly, if it takes a snow storm for a program to win a championship, I'm not sure that's an argument for playing in an outside northern venue during January.
Frankly, if it takes psudo home game and a favorable climate for a program to win a championship ...Frankly, if it takes a snow storm for a program to win a championship, I'm not sure that's an argument for playing in an outside northern venue during January.
What's the matter Colonel Sanders? Chicken?
Do any Big 10 fans in this thread wish their conference had refused to ratify the current arrangement? Seems to be quite a bit of unhappiness.
As someone said, it's easier to go from cold to warm than warm to cold. In the interests of giving the actual best team the best chance to emerge victorious, that seems to validate the current sites.
If there are any northern games--which is doubtful, IMO--I think you'll almost definitely see those games played in domes. Putting a fast SEC team in a dome is only going to make them faster.
I do wish that the semi's were going to be played in home stadiums, but not for some weather advantage. I just think that one of the aspects that makes college football unique is the environment and the better team should get that advantage.
I think the better team won on 1/7/2008. Playing in 60 degree weather like Cincy experienced that day (59 was the low; it hit 65 in Cleveland) would not have changed the outcome.
But if you're asking would playing in snow increase the chances of a weaker team beating a stronger team, well, ya, it might. Can you really make a compelling argument that the National Championship game should be played in crappy weather though?
I just don't get the idea that taking an Alabama, LSU, Florida and having them play and outdoor game in the north won't effect them. The furthest north the SEC teams play a demanding game is Knoxville. IMO it makes a difference and its not just the snow or rain, just the cold weather. I have family from Florida and its quite funny to watch how they react to cold weather at Christmas.
The weather thing, for me, is a tangent. I just want semi-final home games because that'd be awesome, whether it's in Columbus or Gainesville or wherever.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
...and this one belongs to the Reds.
I'm a little young for that game (I was 2 when it happened), but I read a little on the game. It sounds like the Bengals won because Ken Anderson had big hands and Dan Fouts had small hands. And, while those attributes were certainly affected by the weather, that seems much more random than some plan. I don't think the Bengals drafted Anderson out of that tiny school because he had big hands and they knew ahead of time that those would be necessary in case the wind chill gets to be around -35. Not to take anything away from the Bengals, but that feels a little fluky if that is the cause and it doesn't feel like something the Bengals engineered on their own.
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Now, to get back on target, I think I like the plan. I wish the NCAA actually had its hand in it more than they do, but thems the breaks. The bowl games are beyond corrupt and it would be nice to sever as many ties with the bowls as possible. I love the idea of home field playoff games, but as long as the leeches that are the bowls are allowed to continue to be a part of the discussion, that will never happen.
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