« on: November 18, 2014, 01:29:57 pm »
"UWO, UWP, NCC, SJF, Concordia-Moorhead for sure and perhaps Bethel"
I get your point, I just disagree. I'm fine with the playoffs so long as no team that has a legitimate shot to win the national title is missing. While that can be arbitrary, I don't think any of the teams above were a threat to win the title. UWO comes closest, but the other teams all lost twice. Granted they lost to good teams, but you have to beat good teams to win the national title, and they all failed, TWICE. Are they better than teams in the playoffs? Absolutely, but they weren't a credible threat to win the biggest games when they already lost big games, twice.
That leaves UWO. Which becomes an argument about schedule. Why did UWO choose to schedule 3 non D3 schools? Do we want to encourage this? Why did TLU schedule UMHB? Do we want to encourage that? The answer to me is pretty clear. If you want to make the D3 playoffs as a second chance school, you need all the possible D3 data you can provide. UWO didn't do that. We do want to encourage TLU to schedule UMHB because it is D3 and, to be honest, it might help UWO schedule D3 in the future.
Is TLU better than UWO? Who knows. No comparable data exists. I'd assume UWO is better, but UWO did nothing to help their cause. TLU did everything they could, winning 9 D3 games against an ASC schedule and volunteered to play one of the best teams in D3. That is the kind of thing I'd rather applaud.
The argument that UWO is better has no facts, only speculation. The argument that TLU blew it would make it unreasonably more difficult for the Power 4 teams to schedule OOC games. The NCAA, in my mind, chose correctly. It doesn't harm the tournament outcome to me since I highly doubt either team could win it all.