So Tuesday was interesting.
We learned that the College Football Playoff appears to be close to expanding to at least eight teams. Then, we got Kansas’ non-conference basketball schedule. It has several intriguing games as usual. I heard someone say that the Royals have a problem developing their pitchers mentally which made me laugh. And the television tried to tell me that 60 games of baseball this year is equivalent to the 60-game 2021 season. That also made me laugh.
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THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF IS LIKELY GOING TO EXPAND
The idea of a four-team playoff was a joke when it was created, but it was a start. Unfortunately, college football hasn’t had a legitimate champion yet. Sorry, Alabama. You cannot declare a winner by a vote, a championship game, or even a four-team tournament. Not until all conferences get an automatic bid will I view a champion as legitimate.
Now it seems like we are going to get expansion sooner rather than later. Eight teams appear to be the minimum for expansion, with most favoring a 12-team tournament. There is even talk of a 16-team tournament.
It looks like we should know something by September. But this expansion will not be about giving every conference an automatic bid. Instead, it will be about the Power Five conferences, specifically the SEC, getting more at-large bids to increase the playoff pool money the conference receives.
KANSAS NON-CONFERENCE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Wednesday, November 3. That’s the day Kansas kicks off its basketball season with an exhibition game against Emporia State. That’s a big game because it’s the first game. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t count. The opponent doesn’t matter. It’s traditionally a sign that things are going to get better in Lawrence, Kansas. Football is no longer the only sport in town.
Now, after that game, the game everyone is interested in is December 11. That’s when Missouri travels to Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since February 25, 2012. Kansas won that game 87-86. The Jayhawks have won 11 of the last 13 games between the schools. We aren’t counting the charity game at Sprint Center a few years back. This should be a Big 12 game, but we won’t get into that right now.
After the Missouri game, the most interesting game on the non-conference schedule is the Champions Classic matchup against Michigan State. Kansas is 1-2 against the Spartans in the event. Kansas won the last meeting in this event between these two clubs 92-87 in 2018. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish has Kansas as his #3 team in the country and Michigan State at #21.
Kansas is playing in the ESPN Events Invitational around Thanksgiving in Orlando. Alabama, Belmont, Dayton, Drake, Iona, Miami, and North Texas are in the field. Alabama is Gary Parrish’s #5 team in the preseason.
Kansas will open St. John’s new arena on December 2. This is part of the Big East – Big 12 Battle.
And December 7 is payback! Yes, Kansas gets another shot at UTEP. The #9 seed Miners beat the #1 seed Jayhawks in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. Don Haskins implemented a spread offense the night before the game, and it shredded the Kansas defense. Kansas has played and defeated UTEP since that game, but Jayhawk fans would love to beat UTEP every year because of that game. But nothing will ever erase the memory of that upset.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE
I actually heard someone say that the Royals might have a problem developing players mentally which could explain why Daniel Lynch and Jackson Kowar struggled so much in their major league debuts. I couldn’t believe what I heard.
These are the same people who yell small sample size when someone tries to make a case with limited data. So, two pitchers struggle mightily, and the Royals can’t develop players?
Yes, Jackson Kowar was bad Monday night. He would agree. Sometimes players come to the majors and stink. It’s ok. This doesn’t mean he has failed. This kid has a long way to go. Both Kowar and Lynch are going to be fine.
YOU CAN’T COMPARE 60 GAMES IN 2021 TO THE 2020 SEASON
I just about lost my, um… stuff, when Ryan Lefebvre told me that we are getting close to 60 games into the season to compare these games to the 2020 season. The 2020 season was just 60 games long because of the covid.
The problem with this thinking is that it completely ignores the human element like most baseball analysis these days.
Sixty games this season is 37% of the season. Sixty games last year was the season. So regardless of how you feel about analytics, you cannot deny that the mental approach is completely different in the first 60 games this season because it isn’t the entire season.
Let’s consider running. Would it make sense to say that 100 yards of running in a marathon are equivalent to the 100-yard dash? Of course not! Runners in the 100-yard dash are sprinting the entire way. There is no point in a marathon in which runners sprint for 100 yards. They can’t. They wouldn’t make it to the finish line.
I understand the thinking. It seems to most people that numbers are numbers and games are games. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Humans play the game. Sorry, but it’s true.
Momentum rapidly growing for College Football Playoff expansion to eight or more teams (Dennis Dodd)
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