College Football: Playoff System Must Replace BCS to Give Underdogs a Chance

Mike DikosContributor IJanuary 9, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  The Coaches' Trophy is seen prior to the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Yes, I’ll admit it. I was one of the college football fans that couldn’t wait for the BCS National Championship Game.

Not to witness an awesome defensive battle.

Not to be entertained by two fine quarterbacks.

Not to appreciate two brilliant coaching minds.

No, I couldn’t wait because this popularity contest called the national championship would finally put an end to this farce of a season.

Proponents of the BCS system always tell you that every game counts. They also tell you that the regular season is, in fact, a playoff. Keep telling yourself that guys.

If every game counts, then why was it already written in stone before the final regular-season games were even played that someone was going to get hosed, and Alabama and LSU were already slated for the title game?

The regular season is a playoff? I guess that’s why so many one-loss teams weren’t even considered for the title game. And Alabama? That’s easily explained; they had a “quality loss.”

The BCS was primarily set up to determine who is No. 1 and No. 2 so they can play in a mythical national championship game. I say mythical because many feel that the choices are not always accurate. 

I also mistakenly thought that the teams that were ranked No. 3 through No. 10 were qualified to play in the other prestigious BCS bowl games. This is far from true and is very apparent by the teams that were chosen to play in these games.

Arkansas, Boise State, Kansas State and South Carolina should have been chosen over the teams that were picked to play in several of the big bowl games.

Why even bother to have BCS standings if all that matters is No. 1 and No. 2? Why have a show where the so-called experts constantly talk about strength-of-schedule and body of work and then pick their top 10? They always defend the same teams and belittle the same teams.

College football needs a playoff system, and it needs it now.

The fact that a team has to be in a big, popular conference in order to get recognition is a disgrace. A playoff would level the popularity field and give every team that plays FBS football a chance to be national champion. There wouldn’t be a need for all of the polls and computers to pick the teams anymore. Everyone would be treated equally.

My solution is simple. All conference champions would make the playoffs. I’m going to say that again. All conference champions would make the playoffs. The final rankings will only be used to fill out a 14- or 16-team bracket. That is fair. Everyone equal. You win and you’re in.

Sure, you will hear the usual people crying about how their conference is the best. Their conference is the toughest. Too bad. Many are fed up with the bias in college football today, and a playoff will eliminate that.

If the next level is professional, then act like them, and have a system in place that allows everyone a shot at the big game. That system is called a playoff. If you don’t believe me, ask Oklahoma State. 

I am a fan of the underdog. I am a fan of Boise State. Teams like Boise, TCU and, formerly, Utah have gotten the shaft long enough. They have proved themselves in past years, yet continuously do not get the recognition and chance that they deserve.

I am tired of hearing how Boise doesn’t play anybody or how weak their conference is. Conference affiliation should be based on geography, not how strong it is. A playoff would allow teams like Boise the opportunity that they have been denied repeatedly. To say that they would be crushed by many teams is called opinion, not fact.

So, go ahead all of you big-boy conference and SEC hornblowers, and tell us again how Boise doesn’t deserve to be in the Top 10 or even the Top 25. But first, answer this question for me: Is the criteria that has LSU at No. 1 the same criteria that has Boise at No. 7?