BCS Playoffs: Four-Team Bracket Is Major Step in Right Direction

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:   The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The BCS commissioners' decision in favor of a four-team playoff doesn't just change the college football landscape. It peels back at least one layer of controversy associated with the sport.

The days of co-champions, unjustified bowl bids and public outcry are behind us (assuming the school presidents approve the move). This will reinvigorate college football's fan base from the outset.

How many conversations have you had about college football that didn't involve a playoff discussion?

I would bet not many. It has been one of sport's hottest debates because the bowl system, for the most part, is idiotic.

College football has been the one sport without a playoff format for way too long. Since the BCS' inception in 1998, there seems to be controversy each and every season.

Sports need to be clear-cut. The winner is the winner, and the loser is the loser.

With the BCS bowl formula, people were able to argue in favor of several team's championship credentials.

Starting in 2014, that won't be as prevalent. I'm not saying the controversy will be completely gone—it won't be—but it is a huge victory for college football.

There will still be arguments. Honestly, we could have a 25-team playoff and people would still be arguing that the 26th-best squad deserves a shot.

That situation is unavoidable. College football fans will always be looking for the team that got "snubbed".

But now, at least, the controversy is justified. The BCS Committee has a leg to stand on, and they can say they tried.

This groundbreaking move could set the precedence for further expansion, and it will take a few years to work the kinks out. But finally, the logical move has been made.

The 2014 college football season will be greeted with a ton of excitement, and I have a feeling that ratings will be through the roof.

Every college football fan will not be happy, but at least a clear-cut champion will be crowned by season's end.

It's not a perfect scenario. The field could probably be expanded to six or eight teams, but beggars can't be choosers.

College football followers have been beggars for years. Finally, their calls have been answered.