Terry’s Takes: Mark Richt, College Football Playoff, and Jake Heaps Edition


Here are some thoughts about what’s going on in the world of college football.

… I’m surprised that many so-called “insiders” are questioning whether Mark Richt is the right man to lead the Georgia program. His .736 winning percentage is actually higher than legendary coach Vince Dooley posted during his storied career ‘Tween the Hedges.

… Still not convinced? Just look at how rapidly Florida State’s offense declined after Richt bolted for Athens.

… Of course, the debate about whether Richt should stay will go away if Georgia ends up in the College Football Playoff.

… That last sentence isn’t exactly a stretch. With the arrival of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt from Florida State, the Dawg defense will finally live up to its potential – something it never did under departed coordinator Todd Grantham.

… More importantly, new signal caller Hutson Mason had a solid spring. His ability to beat opposing defenses deep will prevent teams from loading up the box to stop Todd Gurley.

… The College Football Playoff will generate as much – if not more – debate than its predecessor did. Unlike the BCS, which used a mathematical formula to select the participants, the Selection Committee determines the field via a ballot process.

… However, this does not mean that the “eyeball test” is the only thing that matters. According to a document obtained by USA Today, the following metrics will be used for tiebreakers:

Strength of schedule, head-to-head competition and championships won must be specifically applied as tie-breakers between teams that look similar,” the document reads. Those were proposed to differentiate between “teams with similar records and similar pedigree.”

… It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why this approach will end in controversy. If one-loss Alabama ended up in the field over conference champions Stanford and Baylor, many would accuse the Selection Committee of SEC bias.

… On the other hand, if the Cardinal recieved the nod over the Tide and the Bears, people would question why Condoleezza Rice, Tyrone Willingham, and Oliver Luck were allowed to vote because of their ties to Stanford. Remember, since none of these three collect a check from the Farm, they would not have to recuse themselves from the decision making process.

… Please note that I’m not questioning the integrity of the individuals above… but many in the blogosphere would.

… Jake Heaps’ transfer will help the Miami Hurricanes this fall. Even if he doesn’t win the starting job, he will be an excellent mentor to UM’s young quarterbacks.

… With that said, don’t be surprised if he ends up under center for the ‘Canes in the season opener. According to QB guru Taylor Barton, Heaps not only has what it takes to become the starter, he’s poised to have a monster year.

Terry Johnson is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the National Football Foundation. Follow him on TwitterFacebook, and/or Google+.