Is there any subject more spicy and controversial than the BCS system?
No, but is that really a bad thing? How great would a playoff system really be? Who would it benefit? How many teams should be in it to make it fair? How will we decide who gets in?
There are so many questions involved in this complex issue that affects the greatest sport on earth. I for one am in support of a plus one system, but I also realize that is just opening the door to a 16 team playoff. So here are the top five reasons not to have a playoff.
No. 5 It will still not settle anything. The pollsters will decide the champion!
People will still claim that such and such got robbed because it was not in the playoff. In case you have not noticed people in this country love to complain about anything and everything. There is absolutely no way to make everyone happy. If there truly was an eight team playoff you would still have 20 fan bases claiming their team was robbed of a slot. Look at 2007 how would an eight team playoff have settled anything. Georgia, Hawaii, Missouri, and Kansas all would have had legitimate beef for not being in.
No. 4 Home field advantage in division rivalries.
Unlike the NFL, college teams do not play division opponents twice on a home and home basis. Half of college conferences do not even have divisions. How can you truly know who deserved the division slot for the playoff with a home and home matchup. Really how unfair is it to a team to lose a tough game on the road and be out of the playoffs. At least in the current system all teams know that one loss can cost you. In a playoff system that is supposed to make the system completely fair there is still no solution to this problem.
No. 3 Time
It would be too long of a season. I know that they are really Athlete Students and not Student Athletes, but still that is boat load to throw on young man. How would it work anyway start at the beginning of August when it is scorching hot, or finish later in January when it freezing cold. Plus it would kill the hopes of having Christmas for every team involved in playoffs. I know some teams have to miss Christmas now, but not 8-16 of them.
No. 2 The Bowls
Really how many bowls would be watched if a playoff system was put into effect? There may or may not be too many Bowls already, but some of these cities really rely on the bowl money to survive. With the economy the way it is right now with no signs of getting better this could really hurt some families. Not to mention where will the championship game be played. Everyone knows the Rose Bowl will not stand to be second fiddle.
No. 1 The Fans
How many people could afford to travel to four extra games? Especially Bowl games. I am a season ticket holder and it cost me on average $1k just for the tickets that’s not including gas, food, and any other expenses that might come up. Think about this, the bowl system will not go quietly into the night, these games will be played in the old bowls venue. Imagine having to travel to Dallas one week, next New Orleans, then Miami, and finally Pasadena. You are talking about $10,000 just for the playoffs. What type of fans will be at those games? How much fun will the atmosphere really be?
We all see the drama at the end of every year and think how much better a different system would be, but in reality this system is light years ahead of how it used to be. Let me make this clear one more time I am not defending the BCS I am just merely pointing out some of the major drawbacks to having a playoff system in college football. Remember we love it for a reason, and it has become increasingly more popular since the dawn of the BCS. I'm just saying.