Joel Klatt, football analyst for Fox Sports Southwest, recently told Colin Cowherd the Collection Football Selection Committee is biased against the Big 12 Conference because of two members who dominate it. Those members are Barry Alvarez and Tom Osborne, according to Klatt, who played for the University of Colorado before becoming an analyst.
He said that both Alvarez and Osborne grew up in the era in which the conservative style of running the ball was in vogue. In those ancient times the old theory of “three yards and a cloud of dust” was made famous by coaches such as Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler of Ohio State and Michigan. According to Klatt, both Alvarez and Osborne still believe that is the way real football is played. The wide open passing attacks favored by the Big 12 football teams are anathema to Alvarez who was an assistant coach at Notre Dame before he trekked north to the land of the Badgers and coached Wisconsin to several Rose Bowls.
Osborne was the head coach at Nebraska many years where he led the Cornhuskers to multiple national championships in the 1990s. His teams always featured powerful running backs who could bang into the line. But Klatt claims both Alvarez and Osborne live in a bygone era which no longer exists in modern day football.
While claiming that the other members of the committee defer to Osborne and Alvarez, he said that works to the advantage of the teams in the SEC and the Big 10. Alabama, LSU and other SEC teams along with other schools east of the Mississippi River benefit from this, according to Klatt. He claimed that all the teams recently rated in the AP top 25 from the SEC and the Big 12 were ranked even higher in the Committee’s ratings. He further claimed that the Big 10 teams ranked in the AP top 25 were rated lower in the committee.
How does Klatt know what goes on in the committee’s secret negotiations? One has to believe as a sports analyst for Fox he does have connections which make him more privy to the inner workings of the committee than the average sports fan. However, if Klatt’s theory is correct it does explain a lot of things such as why LSU and Alabama were both in the top four after the Tide lost to mediocre Mississiippi. And how Notre Dame is in the top four after losing a game while several undefeated Big 12 schools were ranked lower. It also might explain why Iowa jumped so high in the rankings and ahead of Baylor after an average win against Indiana.
Klatt claims that while the Committee will never admit it publicly, this is the real reason Baylor was slighted by them last year and excluded from the playoffs in favor of the Big 10 and the SEC. While this conspiracy theory is not up there with the Grassy Knoll and the Kennedy Assassination in terms of historic significance simply because one dealt with the assassination of the President of the United States, it is interesting to ponder. College football is a game. The security of the free world and the United States does not depend on the outcome of the football playoffs.
However, there is a lot of money involved in college football. Millions of dollars flow to the universities whose teams are fortunate enough to make the playoffs. So while the Committee Conspiracy theory of Klatt’s does not rise to the level of the Watergate Break-In that brought down Nixon, it is worth looking into possibly by those universities and their alumni against whom the committee may or may not be biased.
While it’s doubtful any evidence as powerful as the Watergate tapes would ever be found, who knows? Klatt may or may not be accurate with his theory. However, it is fascinating to contemplate what goes on behind the closed doors of …..The Committee. Cowherd’s program played music from the X-Files in the background as he and Klatt discussed this latest conspiracy. No, Klatt isn’t suggesting aliens from outer space are influencing the committee. Or is he?