College Football: Playoff Push Has Essentially Silenced the Non-BCS Leagues

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterJune 13, 2012

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03:  Linebacker Phillip Steward #42 of the Houston Cougars comes up short as he dives for the goal line after intercepting a pass thrown by quarterback Austion Davis #12 of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The recent hand-wringing over college football's postseason has led us down many avenues.

The conference-realignment Pandora's box has been re-opened, as Florida State makes eyes at the Big 12. The separation between BCS and non-BCS has been removed with the elimination of the automatic qualifier.

In its place, we have a Big Four—not a Big Six—as the Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 are joining forces. That leaves the ACC and Big East on the outside staring through the glass at the big power table at which they used to reside.

Therefore, as big boys like Mike Slive, Jim Delany and Larry Scott jockey for position in how to select the four teams that get into the playoff, that rabble you're hearing is from the non-BCS guys.

Oh, wait, you're not hearing it? 

Of course not, because with the restructuring of the landscape and the postseason, the little guys are in worse shape than they have ever been. They are patiently waiting to see how much more money they will be getting once the big boys divvy up the new, bigger checks. 

There are no Utahs, TCUs or Boise States to prop an entire argument on, with respect to access. The Pac-12, Big 12 and Big East took care of that.

Without the propped up argument and buoyed by isolated success, the little guys are now more silent than ever—waiting, watching. They sit patiently, eyes watching like a puppy dog next to the table just hoping that the slicing of the pie benefits them in some way.

The good thing is, as Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports points out, at least the scraps dropping from the big-boy table will be substantially bigger for the little guys:

Look for the have-nots to essentially trade money for access. The BCS best of Marshall (12th in 1998), Miami (Ohio) (11th in 2003) and Hawaii (10th in 2007) would be no closer to a playoff but would be getting at least a nominal revenue increase. 

Bigger scraps are great, but that doesn't mean you get a seat at the table. That doesn't mean access.

In the grand scheme of things, when everyone's money increases, it means you are still chasing that impossible unicorn—trying to catch up with teams that are already miles ahead and running faster than you.