Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs! Playoffs?
The now famous Jim Mora press conference reflects the attitude some have for even mentioning a playoff for NCAA football. But after watching some of the recent games in the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament, is there any doubt a playoff in collegiate sports is the best solution for silencing the cries of a “mythical” national championship in NCAA football?
In round one of the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament, some of the odds on favorites went down to their lesser seeded opponents, something that happens every year. This year has proven once again no matter what conference in which you play, for 40 minutes you have a chance to advance...it's a question of survival. Once the tournament begins, teams must perform at their highest level in order to move on to the next level. A let down can, and often does result in being knocked out of the tournament, even in some cases after having a 30 win season. Georgetown, a three seed, lost to fourteenth seeded Ohio, Temple, a five seed lost to twelfth seeded Cornell, St.Mary's, a ten seed beat seventh seeded Richmond. Murray State, a thirteenth seeded team, knocked out 4th seeded Vanderbilt in a great double overtime contest.
In round two Northern Iowa fired the shot heard 'round the world. The Panthers defeated the #1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks 69-67. Brackets all across the nation were spoiled in this astounding upset of the team most basketball fans picked as the overall tournament winner.
The excitement created by this year's college basketball annual Big Dance leaves no doubt in my mind NCAA Football is missing out big time. Every college sport with the exception of Division I football has a playoff. There is absolutely no reason this can't be done in major college football as well. Argue about the format if you will, but something has to be done. Whether it be a plus one or something more elaborate like an eight team playoff, etc., fans deserve more than they are getting when it comes to deciding the National Champion of NCAA college football.
The BCS National Champion for 2009 was the Alabama Crimson Tide. My team. I was as proud of this national championship as any of the previous championships Alabama has won, maybe even more so after going seventeen years without tasting that ultimate reward. But what about next season? What about the 14 win teams who don't get a chance to show they belong on the big stage? What if we have no perfect win-loss records, and parity abounds, leaving four or more teams with the same record who win their conference championships? Whatever scenario you choose, college football fans are being cheated. Division II college football playoffs are some of the most exciting and interesting a football fan can experience. Why can't we as fans of Division I college football be treated to the same glorious experience as those of other sports, especially like the one we are all watching now, the NCAA College Basketball Division I Tournament Championship?They will crown a champion on the court. Shouldn't NCAA Division I Football crown their champion on the field of play, instead of in the media?