College Football Would Be a Lot Better if It Had a Playoff

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIIJanuary 11, 2011

Auburn won the national title, but who would win between Auburn and TCU, say college football had a playoff?
Auburn won the national title, but who would win between Auburn and TCU, say college football had a playoff?Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

I am not going to lie. Last night was an exciting bowl game.

Auburn and Oregon provided plenty of drama. The Auburn defensive linemen were the stars of the game, especially Nick Fairley. Cam Newton also showed why he was voted Heisman Trophy winner by making plays when Auburn needed them most.

However, college football would be a lot better if it had a playoff. Just think, now we could see Auburn versus TCU, two great defenses and offenses. Keep reading for more details.

Let's first look at a few other college playoffs.

First, take the NCAA basketball tournament. It is great! It determines the national champion the right way! Granted, football is harder on the body, and players need more practice time, but my reasoning below helps that case.

A four-team playoff is different from the 68-team tournament, but it would expand the college football game and make the sport more interesting. I mean, who doesn't love college football? A playoff would make it better and please everyone.

Second, college baseball has the College World Series. It is fun, interesting to watch and declares a winner the right way by having teams compete in a tournament.

Third, Division 1-AA has a football playoff. They have all their games before Christmas and then the title game in January. Make a system like that.

Here is a look behind the details of a four-team playoff and how it would work.

College football currently has two undefeated teams, yet only one is a national champion—Auburn. Is this right? What if TCU could beat Auburn? Well, we will never know now. Consider how they played against Wisconsin. Wisconsin dominated opponents in the regular season and even scored 70+ points in a game. TCU held them to 19.

With a playoff, we could find out if indeed TCU could win. And if Auburn did win, they would be crowned national champions, and people wouldn't have to ask, "what if?"

Why should college football just have a four-team playoff? Well, a four-team playoff would be the most logical. Why? Usually, there aren't more than three or four undefeated teams going into the postseason.

If there are only two or three undefeated teams, a good one-loss team could get a chance at the title. Plus, the best one-loss team is usually a team that has the most momentum and is playing its best at the end of the year. Wisconsin, Stanford and possibly Ohio State would fit into this category.

Second, it would only extend teams' seasons by one game. Teams might complain that the season would be too long with a larger playoff.

Here's how a four-team playoff might work.

This year, TCU would've played Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, and Auburn would have played Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. The winners, TCU and Auburn, would face off for the BCS national title in Glendale.

Many people would ask about the rest of the bowls. Well, it's simple. The rest of the bowls would still take place with one change. Push all the bowls back one week to have the national title game the same week. 

The two games before the national title, the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl, could be played on New Year's Day or the Monday following New Year's. Then, a week later, have the BCS national title game.

The teams would still have plenty of time to prepare for their games. Granted, now they have only a week to prepare for the title game. However, it's no different from teams preparing to play in their conference championships. Teams only have a week to do that.

If teams that would advance in a playoff wanted more time to prepare, then the FBS could be like Division 1-AA and have all their bowl games before Christmas, then wait until January to have the title game.

I attend an NAIA school, the University of Sioux Falls. There is a playoff system. USF played three games before it played in the national championship. It was fun and exciting. The team got two weeks to prepare for the title game. Granted, NAIA football is way different from Division 1-A, but it proves a champion the right way.

One more thing to take into consideration that might have BCS officials upset is money. They don't want to go to a playoff system because the BCS makes a lot of money. Well, with a playoff, you still have every bowl and all the BCS bowls, you just add a game. This would increase revenue for the BCS.

Teams that play in the national championship would give their fans another game for them to watch. Auburn and TCU would sell out a title game, and TV ratings would be high.

Well, now it's your turn. What do you think as a fan? Is it time for a playoff, or do you like the system as it is? Feel free to comment.