Why Doesn't College Football Listen to 94% of Their Fans?

Mark HauserCorrespondent IIFebruary 20, 2009

In the last major survey I saw 94 percent of the fans said they wanted a playoff system in NCAA Division College Football and only six percent said that they liked the current BCS Bowl Championships Series.

About a week after the survey, the BCS announced that we are stuck with their unappealing, moronic, illogical, anti-fan system until at least the year 2014. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the BCS and College Football exist because of the money they make off their fans? 

The BCS must be the only major sports organization in the world that refuses to make a major change to their sport even though almost all their fans want the change.  And the sad part is that the fans really have no recourse other than not watching college football which would only take away something that gives them pleasure. 

The BCS knows that realistically no fan strike will ever take place so they do what they want no matter how stupid their actions are.

The BCS is managed by the commissioners of the 11 NCAA Division I-A conferences, the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame, and representatives of the bowl organizations. 

The later of which suggests that the BCS system and stubbornness might be about money. (It is hard to know for sure, but I do address the bowl organizers concerns below.)

The BCS arrogance is one reason I like the NFL and the NBA a lot more than College Football. The NFL and the NBA listen to their fans and are constantly tweaking their game and system to make their fans happy.  It does not seem to be a difficult concept to grasp—which leads me to believe that the BCS collectively is not very smart.

(I was going to say that it is hard to believe that such incompetent, unintelligent individuals acquired such important positions then I remembered George W. Bush has been our President the last eight years.) 

And since they are not very smart, let me help them with a workable, fair, and most importantly, an exciting, fan-friendly playoff system.

First problem: determining the number of teams that qualify for the playoff system. Sixteen or more team are too many and unnecessary. We just want to see the best teams play and find out who is the best team in the country (the best we can given that it is has to a single elimination tournament).

If you are ranked ninth in the country, it is highly unlikely that you are best college team in the country; however, the same cannot be said if you are ranked fifth or especially third (which, of course, the main reason the current system is stupid, unfair, and unsatisfying). 

Hence, since so few of the top teams play each other and knowing which teams are really better is just a guess, having an eight-team playoff seems fairest and the most logical. Besides, with eight teams—instead of only four teams—we would get seven potentially exciting playoff games and not just three.

An eight team playoff can be done in three weeks which is very doable. Problem No. 1 solved and it was not that difficult.

Second problem: making the bowl sponsors happy. Rotate the finals, the semis, and one (or 2) quarterfinal game (their choice) among the four (or five if the Championship Game is now considered a separate major bowl) major bowls.

The other two or three quarterfinal games can be rotated among the other medium size bowls. Problem No. 2 solved and  it was not that difficult.

Gosh, no more problems—wow—that was hard. How about the advantages of the playoff system that we have not yet discussed. Well, the current system penalizes teams for playing a tough schedule since one loss might drop you out of the championship game (last year was an exception).

This discourages teams from scheduling any touch teams in their few non-conference games. Also, the current system has one important game, four meaningless major bowl games, and several more meaningless non-major games. Our (the 94 percent of us) way, we have seven important bowl games. 

Not good for the fans (what's new?). 

Plus, the one loss and your done possibility penalizes teams that play in a tough conference such as the SEC. Also, the Big Ten does not have a Championship Game, so they have an advantage over the major conferences that do since they avoid another tough game. 

Not fair to the teams (what's new?).

The BSC claims that it is concerned that a playoff among college football's leaders would make football a two-semester sport and would lessen the importance of a regular season that now has a do-or-die feel to it from week to week. Poppycock. 

The do-or-die games only involve the teams at the very top when only two teams make the playoffs. With eight teams making the playoffs a lot more teams are involved in do-or-die games each week since a team currently ranked, say 13th, still has a shot at making the top eight if they continue winning and the teams in front of them lose. 

And even the top two teams are still in a do-or-die situation every game unless they are undefeated and it is the last week of the season (in which case they would probably still make the playoffs).

Even then, they would still want to win for seeding purposes. Hence, this is actually another advantage of the playoff system—not a disadvantage.

OK, I have solved all of the major problems and concerns of having a college playoff system and it was not that difficult. Unfortunately, I doubt the BCS is listening, after all, they have already proven they are a bunch of idiots. And that is the nicest word I could think of for individuals who do not care about their fans. 

Sad, but true.