Upsets abound in MLB playoffs and NCAA gridiron

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Remember how I told you last week the baseball playoffs were almost impossible to predict?

After just one week, I believe I have been proven correct. One half of my World Series’ pick is gone and as I write this and the other team is on the verge of being eliminated as well. The Detroit Tigers and their All-Star laden rotation are also done, leaving Kansas City and Baltimore as the two teams standing in the American League. Like I said before, it is just too hard to predict the baseball playoffs – but maybe that’s what makes them so much fun.

 

It seems like everyone has become a fan of the Royals after the first week and I can’t blame them. Kansas City is exciting, and seeing them sweep the team with the best record in baseball just added to that excitement. Of course it doesn’t hurt that they haven’t been in the playoffs for close to 30 years. After all, everyone loves an underdog. Honestly, I’m not sure what to make of them. I do enjoy the fact they are winning and hope they can win eight more games and the World Series. However, their offense seems to be just one bad week away from mediocrity and their starting pitchers don’t seem dominant enough to carry a weak offense. Yet, if they can get two more weeks of hot hitting then anything is possible.

 

Speaking of upsets, there were plenty of them in college football this weekend. Five of the top eight teams lost (which is a record) and while the top team (Florida State) managed to stay unbeaten, a lot of the teams people thought might reach the four-team playoff at the end of the year did not. No. 2 Oregon, #3 Alabama, #4 Oklahoma, #6 Texas A&M and #8 UCLA all took one on the chin as the makeup of the AP Poll’s top 10 changed dramatically. While fans of these five schools will certainly find no comfort in my words, I think all this chaos is good for college football. Parity often drives up interest and in a world where anything seems possible, interest should be at an all-time high.

 

One more point I think this last weekend should reinforce is the need for a deeper playoff system in the NCAA. It is apparent there are a lot of good teams, and maybe not that many great ones. Thus, wouldn’t it be better if more of them had the opportunity to compete for the NCAA championship. It really feels like we are moving into an era in college football where on any given Saturday, most teams could fall. Yes, there are the weeks where the big boys beat up on the little schools, but once the teams hit conference play, I get the feeling anything could happen – and, as was demonstrated this past week, it often does.