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In any other year, LaMichael James would be the Heisman Trophy front-runner. I am sure he would settle for the BCS trophy.
We've finally reached the grand stage—the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on January 10th.
The game for a split of the final $35-million mega-jackpot.
And in my theoretical playoff, I am placing #2 Oregon vs. #1 Auburn.
The same match-up that was determined by the BCS polls for the all-or-nothing BCS National Championship Game that will be played this year.
I could have easily added a few more plausible upsets. The final game could have easily been Boise State vs. Nevada, or Stanford vs. Oklahoma.
I could have been a complete troll and made my final game UCF vs. Miami-Ohio, or UConn vs. FIU.
The point is, with a playoff system, we get a lot more choices and a lot more suspense.
Right now, we get five weeks of mind-numbing anticipation.
In no other sport—except soccer, but only on the continental stage—is there this much wiggle room between the end of regular play and the championship game.
In my own personal opinion, having a playoff will neither diminish the importance of the regular season, nor diminish what makes the Bowl Subdivision what it is.
Using the BCS rankings only to determine the exact National Championship match-up is a very arbitrary way of doing things, no matter how you come about said rankings. Making the claim that the regular season itself is the playoff is a cop-out.
And although it is highly unlikely, what if a team like UCF or Miami-Ohio did play spoiler and go far in a tournament?
It would bring that program unparalleled coverage and potentially program-changing money, as well as recruitment opportunities that would not exist otherwise.
It would be the concept of the Cinderella team on steroids. No pun intended.
For the traditional BCS conferences, it would simply be more money.
More gate revenue, more sponsorship money, more TV money—it's a win-win situation.
As for the rest of the Bowl Subdivision?
Having a playoff to determine the national champion does not have to change what makes the Bowl Subdivision what it is. Those who do not make the playoff can still participate in bowl games, as their reward for an otherwise-successful season.
If you put aside "tradition" for a moment and think through the pros and cons, it becomes more and more obvious why a playoff system would benefit the NCAA, the BCS and the Bowl Subdivision.
It is definitely a concept that is worth considering.