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The Case For A College Football Playoff System!!

Posted on: October 20, 2008 3:27 pm

The best case for a playoff system is made by the BCS itself. The BCS sucks!! When the BCS was first created it was supposed to put the two best teams in the country in a National Championship Game so that college footballs National Champion would be decided on the field. When it was created it was supposed to guarantee the following:

1.) The two best teams in the nation would play each other.

2.) No more split National Champions.

3.) No undefeated teams would be left out.

4.) Teams who play a weak schedule would not be able to make it based on strength of schedule.

No let's look at what has actually happened.

1.) The two best teams would play each other. Fact: this has only happened twice and one of those can actually be questioned. The first time was the overtime game involving Ohio State and the second was the game between USC and Texas. A case could be made that even though that was arguably one of the greatest games ever played many people forget that Auburn was undefeated that year as well. They were left out because USC and Texas styarted out ranked #1 and #2 and never lost.

2.) No More Split National Champions. This happened when LSU won the National Championship Game, but the AP writers voted USC as their National Champion. The AP has subsequently had their poll removed from the BCS rating system because it is so flawed.

3.) No Undefeated Teams Would Be Left Out. See #1. Auburn goes undefeated and doesn't make National Championship Game because they end up ranked #3 behind undefeated Texas and undefeated USC.

4.) Teams Who Play A Weak Schedule Would Not Make It Based On Strength Of Schedule. This actually worked to it's own detriment in< I believe it was 2003, when a USC team that was almost universally recognized as the best in the Nation was left out because Notre Dame lost their last game. This resulted in the split National Championship. There has also been the Nebraska team that got in (and was crushed) and the the last two years when Ohio State got in and were crushed. Is there any doubt that a game between 2 loss USC and 2 loss LSU would have been better than what we got last year?

The BCS system is irretrievably broken and solves nothing. A playoff system is the only option. I believe that an 8 or 10 team playoff using the current major bowls would sove this problem and make the bowls even more attractive than they already are because they would be directly involved in crowning the National Champion. The National Championship Game would, of course, be rotated among the major bowls just like it is now. The major bowl games would likely be much more competitive as well because you would, theoretically of course, have more closely matched teams in each game. No more Georgia crushing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl or USC crushing Illinois in the Rose Bowl. The current system is so bad that it would almost be better to go back to the old one.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:54 pm

The Case For A College Football Playoff System!!

Very compelling stuff. I think your correct on how things should be. I do ask how would the scenario have played out in the year Auburn went undefeated but was third? I do think a 2 loss USC would give a better game than most undefeated teams in the land any year really. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:25 pm

The Case For A College Football Playoff System!!

Best of Both Worlds,

Use BCS to select 8 playoff teams.  The top seeded teams get home stadium playoff games vs. using the traditional bowls.


1. The major complaint of using the bowls, is because of how the bowls work.  Most bowl games include more than just a game.  The committees who put them together, go all out and wouldn't be what they are without those committees.  Those bowl games also require a lot of notice of who is going to be playing.  Its not just the game, its the event, and its not a 5 day event, its a solid week of "The ___ Bowl Game."  As a fan who travels to bowl games, it would be impossible for a large number of fans (20-30K) to make arrangements for those games.  Especially, if you have to go to 3 different bowl games, none of which are near each other.  BCS bowl games do not have great attendance, and that would definitely reduce the attendance.  Its not the importance of the game, its THE EVENT of a Bowl Game that gets traveling fans to go.

2.  Home playoff games make for interesting discussion for the #4 and #5 seeds, but no argument for the #1 & #2 teams or for the #7 & #8 teams.  Plus, those home playoff games would be sellouts with crazy atmospheres we have yet to see!  It'd be like OU-Texas, OSU-UM, UGA-FLA, USC-ND, and WVU-PITT rolled into one game! 

3.  The traditional Bowl games could still work as they did before.  As a team is eliminated from the playoffs, they could be selected to the current BCS bowls, giving plenty of time for them to do their thing.  Plus, its still the same fantastic consolation for a team who isn't playing for a Title.  It would allow for those who travel to the Bowls, to still do so.  It would also give us a whole new set of matchups, since those teams wouldn't have played each other in the playoffs.

4.  The Rose bowl agreement between the Pac-12 and Big 10, would not allow a playoff game to be played in the Rose Bowl, which would make the Rose Bowl a big sticking point.  The Rose Bowl would still be able to get the conference champs together for a match-up, unless they both got to the Title game.

5.  Keeping the playoffs seperate of the bowls (except for the Championship game), would create more quality post-season matchups.

6.  More revenue for everybody.  The playoff home team would keep all the ticket sales and concessions, but the conferences would get all the T.V. money to revenue share.  That would be an additional 6 huge post season T.V. ratings games.  Huge money, in addition to what the major bowls pay to the conferences.  The University Presidents would know that they would all be getting more money.

Conclusion.  Having home playoff games wouldn't diminish the regular season or the tradition of the bowls.  More awesome post-season games.  University Presidents would be seeing HUGE DOLLAR SIGNS.

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