As your average college football fan, I am quite experienced with the Five Stages of Grief. There's nothing like having to stomach a four-hour football game where you could have sworn your team won about three different times.
There's denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Among these five stages, the most important one is the last: acceptance.
The conversation about how to determine a true champion will never die. But we might all benefit from a little acceptance. The BCS system has been and always will be based on pure American greed. But this is not the reason a playoff will never work.
When arguing for the playoff system, we often bring up how well it works for NCAA basketball. Yes, there's a month long free-for-all that helps those guys figure it out...why can't we have something like that?
Here's your answer: timing.
I've heard a lot of good examples of the way they could set up a particular number of top teams to get their chance to prove they're better than their ranking or their record suggests. Most of the scenarios make total sense until you get to the part where you ask, "And when would of all this take place?"
Basketball and baseball are two sports in which teams can squeeze in a large number of games in a short period of time. Unfortunately for the football world, one game a week is all they're allowed. And even in the most perfect of systems, this would pose a big problem.
I think we sometimes forget that this is still college. With the regular season ending the first week of December, this means the kids are getting ready for finals. Believe it or not, that's still important to a lot of people. And let's not forget those pesky holidays that fall around the same time.
The NFL also plays a role in this.
The pro football format covers the month of January, and with everything based on money, there would be no possible way the BCS and the NFL would want to have to compete in this area.
Denial. Anger. Depression. Bargaining.