College football has long billed itself as the sport of the regular season. Opponents of a playoff will always cite, as the main reason for the status quo, that every game counts, and that this is what makes college football unique.
But how many games actually do count? One of the points I made in last season’s attack on the BCS was that the system is inherently flawed because certain games do not–indeed, cannot–count. Many teams cannot control their own destiny. These are games that, regardless of what happens before or after them, will have no bearing on the national championship picture.
And so this season, I decided to try a little experiment. Each week, I will track how many games count; that is, how many games can possibly impact the national championship landscape. The criteria for games that do not count include the following: Continue reading