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How about people realize bowl games are worthless??? Where else is a championship decided 50 days after the end of a teams season?? Bowl games are a reward for the players, and the schools get money, thats it.
It sucks no matter how you slice it, playoff or not.
In a plus one, there will be a lot of debate as to who deserves the 3 and 4 spots, etc. In an 8 team playoff, there will be debate as to who gets in.
I like the way it is now, because a playoff only takes away from the grandeur in the regular season of NCAA Football.
In the NCAA Basketball Tournament there is debate as to who gets in. That doesn't change the fact that it's a good format. I'd much rather there be debate between the #4/#5 team or the #8/#9 team than I would between the #2/#3 team.
I don't care if the best team wins the championship quite frankly. It's college. These kids aren't being paid anyway. They don't get a bonus if they win the NC, and I could care less about the coaches who make way too much money anyway.
It makes the regular season so exciting and fun to watch. It makes every game count. It makes Stanford beating USC a HUGE game.
The only thing I could do without is the first 20 bowl games. I don't care about the 7th team from the Big Ten versus the 6th team from the ACC. Give me the bowl games that have smaller conference winners (ie: MAC, C-USA, etc) and the New Years bowl games.
Other than that, the ratings speak, don't change it.
I think the BCS was an ok concept that has been poorly executed. There's got to be a way to come up with more consistently accurate rankings. I think we should do away with human polls that aren't done by objective minds who know football in and out and watch every meaningful game of every week. Good luck with that. A coaches poll has no place in a legitimate ranking system. We may as well just let fans vote. The computers need to be consolidated into one that has a very precise formula. Perhaps the NCAA could enlist a brain trust headed by Dr. Bob to come up with as accurate a formula as possible. Really though, I just don't think accurate rankings in college football are achievable. I love this game how it is, but the only way to determine a true national champion is to have a playoff whose participants are determined by the most accurate method possible.
My ideal scenario would involve a tournament of conference champions. Each conference can determine their champ however they like, but they only get to send one member to the tournament. If you can't win your own conference, you shouldn't be eligible to win the national title. Nebraska's fraudulent ass is evidence of that. I think this would help preserve the whole 'every game is huge' factor that we all love so much about college football. This would also help in furthering the parity shift that we've seen in recent years. The seeding could be determined by a bcs type ranking system, or perhaps solely based on your strength of wins vs out of conference opponents. I would love to see more incentive for programs to schedule tough out of conference opponents. I'm sick of seeing certain teams beat up on patsies throughout the year while other top programs are penalized for failing to impress with fraudulent 70s dotting their results list while preserving their players in the process. Nowhere are stats more misleading than in college football. Solid teams who play a weak schedule have numerous advantages over teams who face legitimate tests on a regular basis. These are just a few of the reasons why a playoff is needed in order to inject a bit of legitimacy into the college football supremacy. As it is, we've got individual groups of teams who play each other year in and year out while rarely proving themselves against the majority. Going into the championship game, we have no way of knowing whether or not the two teams on the field would have survived had they been in another group. So let the best from each group go at it. Use the season to determine who the best from each group is, and then use a 3 week playoff to determine a truly deserving #1.
If there were a playoff, I think this would be the best/least drastic way:
1. Expand all 6 power conferenes to 12 teams
2. Conference championships for Big East, Big 10, Pac 10
3. 8 team playoff, 2 spots for Mid-major conferences. Could even make a play-in for those 2 spots between all 5 of the mid majors (one mid major could probably be dissolved if the 6 power conferences all had 12 teams). Could even use human polls for seeding. Throw in consolation bowl games for every else.
Could always try something very different, but I think this would be an easier transition.
I'm with Bearsfan_51. The BCS needs to stay. Some of these playoff systems that are being suggested would have the teams playing way too many games. This isn't the NFL. Also, everybody loves to rip the BCS and how terrible it is. This is exactly why it needs to stay. It gives everyone something to talk and complain about even though it is a much better system than everyone gives it credit for.
The best part about the college football season is that every game matters. If some kind of playoff system was created and all you had to do was win your conference, the regular season wouldn't mean as much as it does now. I say the BCS needs to stay for good.
I totally agree with what you are saying but with that comes the fact people then have to realize that bowl games mean nothing, and are only about money for the schools, and truely shouldn't decide any championship.