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2010 NCAA Football Season Proves Once Again Why There Needs To Be Playoff System

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Jim Harbaugh talks to Andrew Luck #12 during their game against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Ezra AmacherContributor IIINovember 21, 2010

After watching the Stanford Cardinal crush the Cal Bears 48-14, I truly believe Stanford deserves a shot at the national title. They will get that chance if Oregon, Auburn, TCU, Boise State, and LSU all lose within the next few weeks.

But the odds of that happening are slim to none. Instead, the Cardinal who have beat every team they have played except No. 1 ranked Oregon will have to settle for a Rose Bowl berth, or possibly no BCS bowl at all. Stanford's bowl dilemma could be solved if the NCAA would create a playoff system.

It is not just Stanford suffering from the current BCS rules. Unless Oregon or Auburn lose, it is likely that an undefeated team (Boise State and/or TCU) will not earn a chance to play in the BCS National Championship Game.

As far as I know, there is not another sports league in the world where a team can go undefeated and still not play in the championship match. That is because almost every other league in the world has some sort of playoff system. Heck, even the FCS has a playoff format where 16 schools compete to be named D-1AA national champion.

The new playoff system would create some fixable issues, such as where the locations of the playoff games would be and whether a longer football season would negatively affect the academic progress of the "student-athletes." But these are just minor issues that could be solved fairly easily.

If an eight team playoff format were to have been implemented this year, then the eight schools selected to participate in the playoffs would most likely have been the top eight teams in the BCS rankings.

No. 1 Oregon would play No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Auburn would play No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 3 TCU would play No. 6 Stanford and No. 4 Boise State would play No. 5 LSU. The location of these games could all take place at current BCS venues and the championship game would rotate like it does now.

This season has featured numerous one loss football teams and four schools that are still undefeated. In other words, exactly what the current BCS officials don't want. There will be guaranteed controversy over the final BCS rankings because there are no two teams, right now anyways, that stand out from everyone else.

Just when we thought Oregon was unstoppable, they barely beat the same Cal Bears squad that Stanford just demolished. Auburn early on in the year had a major scare against Mississippi State while one loss LSU beat the Bulldogs by 22 points. Then there are Boise State and TCU who have no problem hammering conference opponents, mainly because their conferences that they did not chose to play in are so weak.

Controversy is what makes sports, news, and entertainment so great but it would be nice to have a less controversial way of deciding who plays for the national championship in D-1A college football. This season provides more evidence towards a playoff system being the least controversial way of deciding who is the top program in college football.

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