After the conclusion of a Bowl Championship Series that did not resolve anything as far as Boise State was concerned, gave us a mismatch for the ages by pitting the Florida juggernaut against the fledgling Cincinnati Bearcats, and provided a mediocre championship game, the need for a playoff system could not be greater.
Of course the fat cats who run the BCS and the major conferences will not allow it because they think they know what is better for the sport and the fans. They could not be more wrong. Here are the biggest reasons to institute a playoff system to decide the champion.
1. MORE BOWLS = MORE MONEY FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL: By adding a few extra bowls to accomodate an 10-team playoff in the Bowl Championship Series, more bowls are involved in the BCS. Not only are more bowls involved, but those bowls are more important, will draw more people and of course make more money. Then by instituting a revenue sharing program where the schools that did not make it to a bowl get a small piece of the bowl pie, even the smaller or less competitive schools make some money.
People will watch. It is football, and more competitive football. TV revenue alone would make conferences and schools happy to participate in a playoff system. And the smaller bowls not in the BCS would benefit with better teams, more fans and more viewers. Which leads me to the next point;
2. MORE COMPETITION = BETTER BOWL GAMES: By adding a few more games to the BCS, bumping up such games as the Cotton Bowl, Capitol One Bowl, Outback Bowl or even Gator Bowl to the BCS, the domino affect would then increase the importance of the bowls the follow behind. Take for instance if the Capitol One Bowl and Cotton Bowl moved to the BCS playoff system, the Champs Sports, Outback, Independence, Alamo, Sun, and Holiday bowls would all benefit by hosting better Big 10, Big 12, and SEC teams than in the past. This would also eliminate the 6-6 teams, which no one really wants to watch anyway – not even their fans. This would spur more intensity to break the .500 mark to become bowl eligible and make regular season action even more intense. Who doesn’t want that?
This would also require the bowl schedule to start earlier, which would reduce the “rust” some teams suffer in the month-long break between the end of the regular season and the bowl season.
3. AN UNDISPUTED CHAMPION: By making teams play 2-3 post season games would reduce the “Boise State Affect.” Non-BCS conference selectees would like Boise State would end up facing 2 or more Tier 1 BCS conference schools on their way to an eventual championship game. One of two results follow; either Boise State (or its equivalent) is elimated by a more deserving team, or it fights its way to the championship game showing it deserves to be considered a top college team. This eliminates the debate, or BSA, at the end of the season whether or not Boise State should be considered in the title conversation. The two teams in the championship game would have proven themselves worthy by fighting through a gauntlet of the best teams in college football, not just winning a few key games during the regular season while wading through a soft conference schedule (yes, I’m talking to you Cincinnati, TCU and Texas).
There sure are more reasons to change the BCS to a playoff format, and only one main reason against it: INJURIES. Of course adding a few more games to the schedule increases the possibility of injuries. And of course the cash cows looking for their payday in the NFL may not care for another few games, but oh well. It’s football. Man up. The other divisions in college football have playoffs and everything works just fine. There is no reason the FCS can’t adopt one as well.
The system, the schools, and especially the fans deserve an undisputed national champion and college football playoff system. It is high time we appeal to the fat cats and convince them the playoff is good for the one thing they care about most, their wallets.
Mr Pressbox Out!