Finally...there will be a playoff in FBS college football! At last, the powers that be have brought the dreams of many college football fans to fruition! A long-awaited playoff is here!
For the record, the above paragraph is to be spoken with the greatest amount of sarcasm that one can possibly muster. I think that many will agree with me when I say that two games, comprised of four teams, does not constitute a playoff. Once again, the current method of ranking teams for the BCS standings will raise its ugly head and show what it truly is—a popularity contest.
Those of you that have read my rants before know that I support the little guy: in particular, Boise State. I jumped on their bandwagon a few years ago when they played Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Not because they were good, but because everybody said that they shouldn't be there and all the so-called experts said they they didn't stand a chance of winning.
So, what are the determining factors that will shape the playoff picture? A team's win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head competition, and whether or not they are a conference champion.
Well, let me enlighten you a bit. A team's win-loss record didn't matter last year, strength of schedule is a myth, I haven't seen many teams play each other twice in a season lately, and being a conference champion doesn't matter unless you are in the good ole boys club.
This four team playoff does nothing more than add a game or two after the regular season, which would be made up of the popular top four.
The BCS rankings will still be used.
This type of playoff system does nothing in regards to giving EVERY team a chance.
Take a look at the FCS playoff system. All the conference champions (except those that do not participate) qualify for the playoffs. The rest of the bracket is rounded out to currently include 20 teams. This number is expected to grow to 24 teams very soon.
Besides the National Championship game, the BCS standings are used to qualify teams for the other prestigious bowl games. However, these standings are just a ploy to entice the average college football fan. These standings are useless.
Example: if a West Virginia team that is ranked 17th in the final BCS standings while having 3 losses gets invited to a major bowl game, please tell me how a team in the top 10 with a better record does not get an invite?
So much for the integrity and importance of the regular season.
Some people might say that this is a step in the right direction. Don't get fooled into thinking that. The same BCS rankings will be used to add a few revenue-producing games at the end of the season.The same teams and conferences will still be shut out.
The FCS has had a real playoff format since 1978. This format actually makes the regular season mean something. Winning your conference actually means something.
Finally, those that think an extended season—known as a playoff—would interfere with the studies of the student athletes, gimme a break. Trust me, I've been to college. It won't!