Jim Delany 'doesn't have a lot of regard' for non-division winners

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has already let it be known that in his ideal college football playoff, only teams that won their conference and were ranked in the top six would be eligible under his plan. Now, obviously, if Delany doesn't think schools that don't win their conference should be eligible for a playoff, then he wouldn't think schools that don't win their own division should be eligible either.

Of course, just because it's obvious, that didn't stop Delany from explaining that to the AP on Wednesday and taking a possible shot at Alabama while doing so.

"I don't have a lot of regard for that team," Delany told The Associated Press. "I certainly wouldn't have as much regard for that team as I would for someone who played nine conference games in a tough conference and played a couple out-of-conference games on the road against really good opponents. If a poll doesn't honor those teams and they're conference champions, I do.

"Some people think it should just be the top four teams; some people think it should just be the four highest-rated champions. I was just floating some ideas of how you might have a hybrid where champions were respected and there was still room for at-large.

"The polls don't always measure strength of schedule. Some conferences are playing nine games, some are playing eight. The Pac-12 is playing nine and then to go out and play a round-robin game against us, that's 10 and some of them are going to play Notre Dame - that's 11 difficult games. If they're ranked fifth in the country and they won a conference championship, I think that's quite an accomplishment. Some teams don't even win their own division. They started off highly in the rankings, lose early, don't play a championship game and they might end up at four."

Anybody know any teams recently that started off the season high in the rankings, didn't play in a conference championship game but ended up qualifying for a national championship?

In other words, not only is Delany saying that he didn't agree with Alabama getting a rematch against LSU in January, but he's also indicating that the rematch played a large role in the BCS deciding things needed to change.

So it looks like college football fans who have long wanted a playoff should send some flowers to Iowa State .
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