December 05, 2012

The reasons for the playoff system to be implemented

            Since 1998 the BCS has controlled the destiny of every team within the realm of football in the NCAA.  That is a total of 14 (about to be 15) National Champions that have been crowned by this committee.  The rankings are figured by averaging three elements: the Harris Intercollegiate Football Poll, the USA TODAY Coaches' Poll (which replaced the Associated Press Poll in 2005), and the average of six computer rankings.  These polls then determine who is in and who is out within the 5 major bowls (1 of these being the National Championship game).  The argument is not to get rid of this system of ranking teams, but what the BCS stands for in arranging the bowls.  This argument is that NCAA should use the end rankings from the end of the season to an eight-team playoff system.  I have three reasons to support this.  For one this is the only way to fairly show the true National Champion.  Second, The BCS excludes a lot of teams from the top seeded bowls because of historical tie-ins between with certain conferences, within the new playoff system these tie-ins will be eliminated in the upper echelon bowl games.  Lastly, the money generated for the programs that make the playoff can drastically increase. 

            In some years the team that won the National Championship was without a doubt the best team in the NCAA.  For example: Alabama last year or Florida in ’08.  However not every year is the same and not every match up is the same.  I know it is a bitter subject in most of the minds of Georgia fans, but they played with defending champion to the last second in their conference game and are still in the top 8 and have nothing to show for it but a meager acceptance to the Capital One bowl against a very subpar Nebraska team.  How do you expect fans to travel for that game or even the players to get up for a game like this?  Of course being in the top 8 you would have to at least participate in your conference game or win it.  Therefore playoff system would present the fairest way to show whom the real National Champion for that year. 

            The BCS also excludes a lot of teams from the top seeded bowl games because of historical tie-in fames with certain conferences, which will be completely eliminated.  Since the top eight teams will be in the playoff system there will not be a need for the top bowls anymore.  The only teams who go “bowling” will be the teams not within the top eight at year’s end.  The fact that a team like Northern Illinois will make it into a top BCS bowl game because they just won their conference is outrageous.  Northern Illinois is ranked number 15 by the BCS yet they jump all the top 10 teams?  It just shows the flaws within the BCS bowl system.

            The number one con to this argument is that money will be decreased to the programs in the new system, but according to whom?  The money has a possibility of actually increasing.  The outside bowls for everyone ranked ninth and above will not be eliminated therefore those teams will receive exactly what they would have received in the first place.  For the teams in the top eight you are adding an extra three weeks to the season that have the magnitude every week of a championship because you are constantly playing for the crystal football.  The best way to show this is to just look at the high school football playoff system.  Week in and week out fans show up to support their team on their road to the final game.  The high seed will host the low seed until the Championship round to be held at a neutral site.  TV ratings will be through the roof, tickets will be sold out, and merchandise can be made for each week.  People will follow and buy all of this because college football is the heart beat of American sports from east coast to west coast. 

            With these facts in mind it is hard to argue against switching to the playoff system.  The playoff system will generate more money for all programs, eliminate all historical tie-ins in the upper bowls, and it is the fairest way to present the true National Champion of all college football.  

 

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