Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC


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The payout for the Russell Athletic Bowl is $2,275,000 compared to $4,250,000 for the Citrus Bowl.

CLEMSON – The Citrus Bowl was right there. And then it wasn’t.

Needless to say, the hijinks of Sunday afternoon’s College Football Playoff rankings and subsequent bowl selections were a little bit surprising, to say the least. And then, once you think about the politics of college football, you realize that you shouldn’t have been surprised at all and it wound up costing Clemson and the Atlantic Coast Conference two million dollars.

In case you missed it – based off of the rankings following the games of November 29th, good old Miss St. was ranked 10th and listed two spots behind Michigan St. Mississippi St. was coming off a 31-17 loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl and Michigan St. defeated Penn St. 34-10. It was the regular season finale for both teams, and with the news of the rankings came the thought that Clemson would be selected to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Why? Before last week’s rankings were released, the Tigers were expecting a Russell Athletic Bowl berth against a Big XII opponent. That changed, however, because No. 8 Michigan State jumped above No. 10 Mississippi State in the selection committee's rankings with the latter's Egg Bowl loss at Ole Miss Saturday.

The Orange Bowl must pit an ACC team - which was thought all along to be Georgia Tech regardless of its ACC Championship result against Florida State - against a team from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame. Notre Dame (7-5) was not a factor this year.

The Yellow Jackets' opponent would contractually be the highest-ranked non-conference champion from the SEC or Big Ten that does not qualify for the College Football Playoff. Because Michigan State and Mississippi State were both idle Saturday afternoon, logic dictated that the Orange Bowl matchup would see Georgia Tech and Michigan St.

In years where the Big Ten participates in the Orange Bowl, the Big Ten's Citrus Bowl spot automatically goes to the ACC, and the Citrus supplants the Russell Athletic Bowl as the top-drafting bowl for available ACC squads. Because of bowl contract agreements, Michigan State in the Orange Bowl opened up a path for the Citrus Bowl to select an ACC participant from the trio of Clemson, Duke and Louisville instead of a Big Ten team. That team was expected to be Clemson, the highest-ranked of the three ACC schools.

But the CFB Playoff selection committee moved Mississippi State ahead of Michigan State in the final top 25 and paired Mississippi State with Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. That turn of events swept away the ACC's Citrus Bowl spot, and knocked Clemson back into play for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

So what happened? How did Mississippi St. – idle and coming off a loss – jump ahead of a Michigan St. team that was idle and coming off of a win? Those are questions we would all like to know the answers to, but we all know the answer lies in the greedy side of college football – politics and money.

The Orange Bowl has been struggling with attendance for years, and they likely looked at a matchup between the Spartans and Jackets as a non-seller. Tech doesn’t travel well, and trying to get folks from Michigan all the way to Miami to play against a – let’s face it – lackluster opponent probably had the folks at the Orange Bowl scrambling to find a better matchup.

That matchup was Mississippi St. – the Bulldogs are still in the region, and their fans would more likely travel to Miami for the New Year than Michigan St. For the Spartans – their fans would more than likely travel to Dallas for a Cotton Bowl matchup against Baylor – it should be a great game and it’s in Jerry’s World and not Miami’s multi-purpose Sun Life Stadium, or whatever it’s name is this week.

Because of the obvious political moves – and it’s obvious to anybody and everybody – that move cost Clemson and the ACC part of a cool $2 mil. The payout for the Citrus bowl is $4,250,000 per team. The payout for the Russell Athletic Bowl is $2,275,000 per team. That’s a big chunk of change, especially for a conference and school that are trying to compete in a region dominated by the SEC and it’s network.

Clemson isn't poorer because of the "happenings" because you can't be poorer for something you didn't have in the first place. But they definitely aren't richer.

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New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
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Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
whatweeatin®
Clemson has jumped better quality teams in the past
edoetsch®
Old rules don't (or shouldn't) apply. Attendance should not
apextiger®
You're missing the point. It was an arbitrary boost in the
Clemson81to85
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
SouthernTiger09
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
allorangeallthetime52®
DRad was there, he needs to explain how this bs happened
NorthAlabamaTiger
the same DRad who wants to tear down LittleJohn and replace
conservativealex
Re: the same DRad who wants to tear down LittleJohn and replace
cugrad80
Re: DRad was there, he needs to explain how this bs happened
74TIGER
Re: DRad was there, he needs to explain how this bs happened
ruatiger®
So DRad isnt on thr playoff committee?
NorthAlabamaTiger
*the
NorthAlabamaTiger
It happened because Clemson lost 3 games this year.
FootballFan36
Exactly my conclusion. CFPC throwing the OB a bone due
TigersAndCubs
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
D2johnstone
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
bulabugs6
Might be closer to $3.5 Million lost by the ACC
tigerboz
Almost as smart as me^^^just types faster.***
TigerTown
It actually cost more like $4m, we would have ADDED...
TigerTown
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
jsebe10®
There is no justification for it.....
BigCUFan®
Absolutely correct. They can't explain the Miss State jump
Clemson81to85
Collusion between B!0 & SEC, with some prodding from OB
longtallsam®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
MC92
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
bulabugs6
I say we innundate DRads in-box with a copy of this article
BigCUFan®
Re: I say we innundate DRads in-box with a copy of this article
ssnow08®
Was done to keep the Citrus for the B10, not to help SEC***
TigerHarris
I'm betting the Big10 would rather be in the Orange Bowl
BigCUFan®
B10 ended up with Cotton and Citrus instead of just Orange
TigerHarris
Correct. And Cotton is now on same status as New Years Six
Clemson81to85
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
Paw81
Money, shmoney..WE BEAT THE COOTS 35-17! What a great year!!***
blackrivertiger®
It's weird that this happened but I think you're wrong about
josephg®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
MSTiger02®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
Guessagin
The cow has been divided and we were left without.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
webbstrees
This total BS. The ACC should demand answers but Swofford
cupton®
Re: This total BS. The ACC should demand answers but Swofford
Litefoot®
Excellent post. Dradmay have not been incompetent, but
Clemson81to85
Interesting article. Thanks for laying this out.***
Razzmatazz
Miss State is so much better than Mich State...last week the
tigerNnc®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
Tigerlax94®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
Cruizeandbooze
3 losses hurt us
tlever
THat's exactly what they counted on our response to be. We
Clemson81to85
Can we just ignore all of that and blame Swofford?***
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Can we just ignore all of that and blame Swofford?***
bulabugs6
Hood: We demand answers from our AD and #### soon!!!***
cupton®
Well that just sucks swamp water.***
CDef
Next time, beat GT.***
loot87
And how will that stop behind closed doors shenanigans?***
CDef
Re: And how will that stop behind closed doors shenanigans?***
loot87
We're probably in the OB if we beat GT.***
loot87
Re: We're probably in the OB if we beat GT.***
longtallsam®
Not probably, definitely!!***
longtallsam®
With this precedent, they can just move people anywhere
Clemson81to85
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
scotts_®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
pattersonlaw®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
ddclemson
On Louisville Board, they were also pissed
OrangeATL
David, was Dan Radakovich not in the room? If so, seems
surroundedtiger
Rumor has it
gringohoneymoon®
I'd love to see D-Rad and Sdoubt
benc843®
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
strack
my tin foil hat is picking up signals that say
cu85tiger®
Re: my tin foil hat is picking up signals that say
speedracer®
Not really the complete picture
sspassport®
Logic and Truth
CUNo1Fan
Re: Logic and Truth
pml214
Re: New Story: Playoff rankings and "movement" cost Clemson and ACC
LKN Tiger®
THis is the kind of thing that will make fans turn away. It
Clemson81to85
I wonder if when the AD's from the SEC and ACC get together
LKN Tiger®
David, I know this is off the radar because it involved
Clemson81to85
The solution is easy, just decline the bowl.
hufferbilly®
it's still a LOT better than the bowl destination of the
ragtop
Both bowls suck***
hufferbilly®
I disagree. It's too bad about the smaller payout, but
Grrrl
And UNCheat fans get to spend bowl season
footballmanager
if it quacks like a duck.....it must be a gamecock***
ragtop
Paranoid much?***
Grrrl
We take care of business on the field, and we get the
FootballFan36

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