Here's what gets me about Heather. As long as she's not asked HER OPINION about, oh, "Who do you think will make the playoff," she actually is a relatively intelligent sounding person. Or when she's simply hosting and eliciting commentary from others. There's actually a part of me that feels for Heather a tad because EVERYONE KNOWS - and yes, we all know - she's a female in an extremely male dominant field and she's on camera largely because she's not ugly (that's my words and I'm sticking to them). TV is a visual medium and looking good matters, no crime in that.
The problem is that when she gives an opinion on the playoff, she's trying to be that wild card in the room who thinks the next card is gonna be a "2" when she's holding a 19 after two cards at blackjack. And she's TERRIBLE at it - and in her case (as opposed to Colin Cowherd being a complete fool for saying Malzahn was gonna win back to back titles in 13 and 14 just trying to sift the kitty litter box), she reinforces every single "dumb attractive person who only got the job because of her gender" stereotype. She's trying to be a contrarian in an effort to be taken seriously - and be able to say "see, I told you" - rather than just saying something that might be a little less than obviously predictable but doesn't scream, "This idiot doesn't pay attention to the games at all!" Saying, "I like Iowa State's chances if they can beat Oklahoma this year" is a reasonable point to express. It's flat out wrong since history shows they'll blow whatever prosperity they gain (SWIDT? Cyclones?), but it IS a reasonable opinion that is at least minimally believable. "Having a feeling" about the team that lost to Louisiana last year, well, that's okay even if less reasonable. Being contrarian with, "I think this is the year a conference that often sends up a sacrificial lamb is going to be so good that two of them impress the voters enough to make the playoff" is borderline psychosis. Iowa State's ONLY chance is going to be if they run the table, which probably means beating Oklahoma TWICE. Does she still think a 2-loss Sooner team is going to make the playoff? That's what I mean by reasonable. The Iowa State theory can work for IOWA STATE making it, but it's not going to work for two teams to make it in the Big 12.
If she could stop trying to be the one to theorize "this is how a 3-loss team can make the four-team playoff" or other preposterous notions (like an Ivy Leaguer winning the Heisman, Rich Rodriguez winning a national title, or Jim Harbaugh saying something intelligent), her reputation as a decent host would certainly be enhanced.