Happy Friday to one and all. Get your weekend started a bit sooner with our collected links and original content coming your way today.
Do the playoff actually hurt college football?
The Athletic looks at that very question, is the playoff system serving its purpose? Mack Brown sums up the issue the best, saying “The elite teams keep getting better and everyone else is just trying to get noticed.” The playoff is fun and hard to argue the four teams each year aren’t deserving, but it’s also another way to help the rich get richer. Only 6 teams have won a playoff game and four teams have filled 20 of the 28 spots. Parity has never really been a part of college football but are things even more restrictive now? Also, does it keep the G5 teams from having a seat at the table? Craig Thompson is on the record as being for an 8 or 16 team playoff model and calls expansion inevitable.
Avery Williams ready to make an impact, regardless of this weekend.
An undersized high school player who walked on to Boise State, changed positions a few times and became one of the best returners in the nation the past few seasons, Avery Williams knows what it’s like to succeed despite being overlooked. He hopes to be drafted, but even if he isn’t, he knows he will get a shot to stick in the NFL and make an impact in whatever way he can.
Strong ball security.
Great QB’s have: Poise under Pressure, Great Accuracy & Take Care of Ball! Pack Attack! We see you @CarsonStrong_ pic.twitter.com/XxlYVt42zx— Matt Mumme (@CoachMattMumme) April 28, 2021
Two MWC golf programs are going to the NCAA Tourney.
.@AztecWGolf and @SanJoseStWGOLF both earned at-large bids in the Stanford regional of the NCAA Tournament!#AtThePeak | #MWWGOLF | #GoAztecs | #SpartanUp pic.twitter.com/2tLwkcVqhw— Mountain West (@MW_OlySports) April 28, 2021
Dolcini a POTY Finalist.
.@FresnoStateSB's @haileydolcini was named a Top 25 Finalist for the @USASoftball Player of the Year award!#AtThePeak | #MWSB | #GoDogs pic.twitter.com/tXmr70DfsY— Mountain West (@MW_OlySports) April 28, 2021
Cowboys, Wolf Pack high in returning production.
UPDATED 2021 CFB RETURNING PRODUCTION— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) April 28, 2021
Now that I've got all G5 rosters updated, we've got new teams at No. 1-2. 12 of the top 13 are G5 teams; that'll change a smidge once I've updated P5 rosters, but this is going to be a fascinating year. pic.twitter.com/SSRVMnX1Jf
On the horizon:
Later today: The 63 Different Playoff Models the CFP Committee Is Considering.
Later today: Friday Night Lights Review S1E9