America Needs a College Football Playoff...NOT!

J CarterContributor IApril 6, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  The Oklahoma Sooners take on the Florida Gators during the FedEx BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Here I present my thoughts on a college football playoff and giving the little guy a chance...

Playoffs are great for college basketball; they're a tradition and have provided for the occasional "Cinderella" story. Everyone wants to see David slay Goliath on the basketball court.

Well, college football is completely the opposite.

We (and I use this pronoun because I very much feel a part of the current system) intentionally discriminate against the little guy. Sure, it'd be great to give one smaller school a chance at the National Championship, but if two little guys made it to the big dance, no one would watch it, and we all (meaning the big colleges, who do indeed constitute the majority of America) would lose money.

And it's all about money (and a bit about tradition) in college football. If a mid-major (yeah, I called them that) wants in, then they need to figure out how to get into one of the big six conferences. There's still room in Pac-10, Big 10, and Big East.


Parity in college football only works in the SEC.

Everyone else prefers to watch their powerhouse dominate the lesser teams year-in and year-out and fight to get into the National Championship game. No one wants to see Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State, and Southern Cal at the bottom of a poll. You see how bad things are in the Big 10 because of the problems with Michigan?

On the reverse, no one really cares if a mid-major is on the top of the polls. All they're really doing is stealing a spot from a big school.


A playoff would reward teams that are hot at the end of the season, while the BCS championship rewards based on a season of work.

Check this scenario out: If there were a playoff, a team could lose all four of their non-conference games, go 8-0 in their conference, and still have the right to compete for a National Championship in a playoff.

I say no way to that. Any potential system must take the whole season into account in order to be considered.


Another problem with a playoff is they would have to let in the big six conference champions, regardless if those teams deserved a shot to play for a championship or not.

To be fair, I don't have a whole lot of respect for the big six other than the Big 12, SEC, and (this may surprise you) the Big 10. All of the other conferences are too inconsistent when it comes to having a top-eight team (USC from the Pac-10 being the only exception).


Now, if a true playoff were to be instituted, the only teams that would be allowed to participate would be the top eight according to BCS standings, regardless of conference championships or number of teams per conference in that group.

Now, maybe I could agree to that...but only if the top eight is devoid of mid-majors.