ESPN's Ivan Maisel talks college football playoffs, 2014 Badgers
Nov 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) rushes with the ball in the first quarter against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Photo: Image by Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Initially, Ivan Maisel was not a big fan of the college football playoffs.
The college football reporter for ESPN admits to being a late convert, but now believes the playoff system will work. He told Sports Central why he was initially tentative on Thursday night.
"I like the playoff now. I was a late convert to the playoffs," Maisel said. "The point I was trying to make in the column I wrote in the spring was let's all remember how excited we were about the BCS 16 years ago, then the next eight years were one train wreck after another."
Gary Andersen's Wisconsin team hopes to be a part of that playoff consistently, and will have the chance to do so. They appear to be the favorites in the Big 10's West Division.
Maisel asked Andersen a few days ago about the team's quarterback position, which appears to be the biggest question mark. Andersen is confident about his options, and one of the reasons is the team's star running back.
"I asked him about quarterback," Maisel said, adding, "He's going to roll them out there in August and see what happens. I guess you can be a little bit at ease if you have a guy like Melvin Gordon back there."
"Wisconsin really hasn't struggled to move the ball in a while."
When asked who he saw in the college football playoff finals this season, he gave the guys his picks.
"I put Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama in it," Maisel said.
Listen to the interview above as to why he's tentative about two of those teams, though.