This is why we love Media Days! It’s always a time in college football for zingers and jabs among coaches and players, and Monday was no different.
In what would usually be the Steve Spurrier way of upsetting another coach, Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher took a shot at the entire Big 12 Monday for not having a conference championship, saying that every conference should have won.
Baylor Head Coach Art Briles responded, telling Fisher, “Don’t come down here to Texas and try to tell me how to do mine.”
Leave it to a Texas guy to pull the tough Texan card. So tough, in fact, that Briles’s conference can’t stay stable, and it’s been a non-Texas school, Oklahoma, carrying the torch for the conference the majority of the time since it formed in 1996.
The truth is Fisher is right. Every other major conference has a championship game, and the Big 12 gets rewarded for only having 10
However, I’m actually here to defend Briles and the Big 12. Who is somebody from Florida State to talk about a conference championship?
Not that Fisher was at FSU throughout the past 20 years, but does he realize how much the Seminoles once benefitted from not having a conference championship game? I don’t want to hear fans in Tallahassee whine about anything.
Let’s start with the fact that Nebraska was knocked out of the national championship picture in the inaugural Big 12 championship game after a loss to Texas, while Florida State got to coast through the ACC without a conference championship game en route to the title game (getting blown out by Florida I might add).
Then came 1998, when FSU was out of the national championship picture on conference championship day. But as they got to avoid playing a championship game that day, No. 2 ranked and undefeated Kansas State lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game. Because the Big 12, not the ACC, had the extra game, Florida State was vaulted into the title game, and lost again, this time to Tennessee.
What about 1999? When FSU won the national title that year, is it not fair that they had no conference championship game to deal with while Nebraska, who only had one loss, was No. 3 after winning their extra playoff game?
Conference championship games are important, but FSU fans would do well to remember that the Big 12 had one long before the ACC did, and it cost the conference a couple of national title shots. The only reason they don’t have it now is because they lost four of their members and had to adjust.
Again, it’s not that I don’t agree with Fisher, it’s that nobody affiliated with the ACC ever has a right to make that complaint.