In slide three of a previous article, I covered how a win in the national championship game would be a great historical fit for Alabama. The controversy to which I referred in that article is the debate that is currently raging about playoffs in college football.
Here are the advances in college football that are directly connected to the Tide:
1. The Crimson Tide put Southern football on the map in 1925 with their appearance in the Rose Bowl. (The fact that they didn't lose certainly helped, of course.)
2. In 1964, Alabama was selected as national champions prior to the bowl games being played. The Tide lost to Texas, and the response was to select the national champion after the bowl games beginning in 1965.
3. Conference championships were legitimized by the Tide's victory over Florida in the 1992 SEC Championship (via AL.com).
The fourth event that the Tide essentially sponsored is the imminent playoff system implementation. Please don't misunderstand me here: Alabama is not the entire reason that playoffs are being discussed in earnest in 2012.
Alabama is merely the final domino to fall in making the playoff happen. The only way to place two teams from the same conference in a national championship game without fan disapproval is for them to earn the spots in a playoff.
So, as Alabama's stunning defeat of LSU heralds a new era of college football, Tide fans get to smile. Not only did the Tide earn another national title, Alabama earned a spot in the history books...again.
Which four teams should be in the playoff?
With all that said, the debate that is raging right now is simply how to implement a playoff. The eight- and 16-team proposals have been ditched, according to ESPN.com)
On the table right now is a four-team playoff that will pit the four best teams in college football against each other in a three-game series to determine a national champion.
How will the four teams be chosen? Well, that's what all the debating is about. Jim Delany's theories appear to be formulated specifically against the 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide.
Delany's proposals are actually a little more impartial than expected. (At least by me, anyway.) I would not have been surprised to see his four-team model include the following four teams:
1. The B1G Leaders Division Champion.
2. The B1G Legends Division Champion.
3. The Pac-12 Champion.
4. The SEC Champion, unless that's Alabama, then it will be Notre Dame.
At least the B1G is finally behind a college football playoff. That's definitely a step in the right direction. Without Alabama's rematch victory in the BCS National Championship Game, the playoff cries would likely still be falling on deaf ears.